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“Ghosts”

April 8, 2014

There are plenty of ghosts that line the font stretch of the Goodwood Circuit in Chichester.

Famous names like Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Mike Hawthorn – all long since lost to this world – have raced here.

Goodwood is also the circuit where Sir Stirling Moss’ career ended in the shredded wreckage that was his Lotus-Climax machine during the 1962 Glover Trophy. Moss would never race top-class professional again.

As speeds increased, so too did the risk and Goodwood, now becoming like a pre-war relic, discontinued its racing activities in 1966.
A majestic layout indeed, but one that belonged to a different era.

It would take 32 years and the forcefulness of Lord March to bring the roar of engines back to Goodwood, albeit historics cars and contemporary sample examples, but there is little doubt that the ageing circuit has now solidified its position in the hierarchy of British motorsport.

The recent Members’ Meeting may do well to garner the attention and draw of the already existing Festival of Speed and Revival events, but any reason to visit Goodwood is good enough.

© Leigh O'Gorman

© Leigh O’Gorman

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