Epic Cobra grid and nine Silver Arrows for Revival

| 3 Aug 2012

The 2012 Goodwood Revival on 14-16 September looks unmissable if C&SC’s scoop preview of the entry list is any guide.  

Over 30 Cobras are entered for the special Shelby Cup including two Daytona Coupes and the Willment Cobra. Making its first trip back to the UK since it moved to Australia in 1964 is the ex-Ron Thorp roadster.

The Silver Arrows demonstration should be epic with five Mercedes-Benzes including three W154s, and four Auto Unions. Miles Collier is also sending his fabulous Maserati 8CTF together with his W154.

There promises to be plenty of fireworks in the St Mary’s Trophy with several BTCC aces entered, but Kenny Bräck will give them a close run in Ron Naismith’s Austin Westminster.

The Cobras may be left out of the prestigious RAC TT Celebration this year, but that means Italian V8s should star with two Maserati Tipo 151s, as Barrie Baxter’s Drogo coupé makes its debut with Jochen Mass as the co-driver.  

As well as 15 Ferrari 250 GTOs in a special parade, four will see action in the TT including Ed Davies’ and Jon Shirley’s from the USA.

The Lotus Elan’s birthday is marked by four 26Rs in the Fordwater Trophy, including Jackie Oliver in C&SC’s July issue cover star, a car that he has just bought back after originally owning it two decades ago.

While Californian Don Orosco is back with both Roadster and single-seater Scarabs, which will keep Julian Bronson’s newly resurrected GP racer company.

One of the finest grids of pre-war sports cars is set for the Brooklands trophy with three Mercedes S-types, the ex-King Leopold of Belgium Bugatti Type 59,  two saloons; Ben Collings’ Bentley 3-litre; and favourite Patrick Blakeney Edwards’ Frazer Nash ‘Owlett.’ C&SC columnist Alain de Cadenet plans to race his Invicta Low Chassis.

Racing kicks off in style on Friday with Freddie March Memorial Trophy 90 minute evening race, which could see an epic Jaguar C-type battle at the front with six entered headed by Gary Pearson teamed with Jackie Oliver.

The outsider could be the Gordini Type 23S driven by modern sport cars aces Romain Dumas and Angelo Lembo. American entrants include Steve Tillack with the fabulous Lancia D24 recreation.

Don’t miss the September issue of Classic & Sports Car with its special Revival preview.

For tickets call 01243 755055 or visit Goodwood’s website.