'Drive sensibly' advises Goodwood Revival team


There have been three heavy shunts during testing for the Goodwood Revival including John Young’s spectacular roll last week in the popular Austin A95 Westminster ‘Hardy Herbert’.  

The chicane seems a curse for the quick six-cylinder classic tin-top because John Fitzpatrick rolled the car during an earlier St Mary’s race – admittedly with some assistance.

Sadly the Westminster, which was to be co-driven by Kenny Bräck, was too badly damaged to be repaired for the event.  Both an AC Cobra and a Frazer-Nash have been involved in major accidents in recent weeks, thankfully without serious injury.

“We want all the drivers to have fun at the Revival, but it’s very important they drive sensibly and safely,” said Goodwood’s Motorsports Press and PR Manager, Gary Axon.

The popular St Mary’s Trophy has again attracted a colourful entry of pre-’59 saloons and newcomers this year include a Renault 4CV, driven by TT legend Stuart Graham, and the cheeky Austin Metropolitan of Shaun Rainford. Italian sports car ace Arturo Merzario will again co-drive Geoff Turral’s Fiat Abarth 750.

Scroll below to see how the accident unfolded.

Pictures: Mark Amor


Coventry Climax

I love the spectacle of Goodwood and for me the saloons are the highlight, but it's such a shame to see what must these days be a pretty rare car get destroyed like that. I wonder how many Westminsters will now be cannibalised in order to rebuild it.


This is a sheer scoff! Driving this Austin A95 should be not that fast and much more careful. It's a part of history. And that driver should have cared about it! What a shame! What a pity! How many hours will mechanics need to restore its exterior? What a waste! 

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