And it should be quite a spectacle, as not only will both Ickx and Oliver take turns at driving their GT40 up Goodwood’s hill, but the 4-7 July event will also feature other cars and drivers from 1969’s Le Mans.
But the winning crew will surely be the stars as, even 50 years on, it remains one of the most dramatic editions of the renowned endurance race.
There was Ickx’s famous protest against the traditional Le Mans start which saw a change from 1970 – which almost cost him his first of six wins at Le Sarthe.
It was also the last victory at the event for Ford’s GT40.
It was one of the race’s closest-ever finishes. After 24 hours, Ickx/Oliver beat the Porsche 908 of Hans Hermann and Gérard Larrousse by around only 100m, having switched positions many times on the last lap alone – the excitement prompting a track invasion from the captivated crowd.
“Le Mans, the World Championship, Formula 1 and the Indy 500, back then it was the absolute crème-de-la-crème of drivers. It’s wonderful and I’m delighted to hear that the Duke of Richmond has decided to celebrate this anniversary with the original GT40,” said Oliver.
“It wasn’t the quickest car in the race, but John Wyer put together a great strategy which ultimately gave us the win. I learned a lot from him when I founded my own team.”
Tickets to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed are selling fast – get yours here. And don’t miss our interview with Jackie Oliver in the June 2019 issue of Classic & Sports Car, on sale 2 May.
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