5 beautiful racing cars spanning the decades took to the Grand Avenue of the London Classic Car Show. Each car represented a glorious moment in British motor racing history.
MGA Twin Cam, SRX 210.
Works supported effort by the MG Car Club North-Western Section which won its class at 1960 LeMans. Garage owner and racing driver Ted Lund, based in Coppull near Chorley, raced with the MG works team at Le Mans in 1955 and, despite BMC withdrawing from racing, was keen to get MG back there once the more powerful MGA Twin Cam had been launched. A close friend of MG's management at Abingdon, he persuaded them to build a car for the event to be entered by a team of enthusiastic friends from the MGCC North-Western section. The car, SRX 210, was entered in 1959 in open form but retired after a hitting a dog.
However, the group returned in 1960 with SRX now fitted with a coupe top to a design by Don Hayter at Abingdon to try and improve its top speed and to meet new rules. Remarkably, Lund and co-driver Colin Escott won their class against factory backed opposition and created one of motor sport's most enduring giant killing legends.
Jaguar Mk1 Lightweight 'BUY 1'.
Williams Family Tri-generational ownership of the most famous racing Mk1. Grant Williams' stunning performances have lit up the Goodwood Revival for many years and he's won numerous races with this Jaguar, but his exuberant driving style is the reason the crowds have taken him to heart.
However, Williams' car is historically important, being one of only four lightweight Mk1s built by Jaguar's competition department after a request by Tommy Sopwith. They featured aluminium panels and a unique upswept triple-SU-manifold in order to run a 3.4-litre racing engine in the Mk1's restricted engine-bay. It was raced in 1959 and '60 by Roy Salvadori and Peter Sargent for John Coombs' team, wearing the legendary 'BUY 1' plate, and was then bought directly from Lofty England and Jack Le Fort at Jaguar by Welsh garage-owner Gordon Williams in June 1962.
He raced it until 1972 and his son, Tony, restored it for the first Goodwood Revival in 1998. Tony's son Grant made a spectacular debut in the car at the 1999 Revival and will be driving it on the Grand Avenue.
RGS Atalanta Jaguar HBL 845.
Racing improves the breed. Major Richard (Dick) Gaylard Shattock started in motorsport using an Austin 7 Ulster in 1936 but joined the Royal Tank Regiment in 1939. He served in the Eighth Army's North Africa campaign until 1944 then, after an injury, trained in engineering and joined the Department of Tank Design at Chobham.
As the war drew to a close he acquired the parts and rights of Atalanta Motors and set up a garage and sports car construction business using a version of their unique all-round independent-suspension.
HBL was the 'works' racing car and was used to prove new designs, including a lightweight tubular chassis and aerodynamic work such as the very prominent stabilising rear fins. Around 15 of the RGS cars built survive and this car has been successfully recommissioned for historic racing by IN Racing who have improved its brakes, handling and reliability. Its best Goodwood lap time, recently recorded, is 1:33, showing how good the original design was.
1993 Jaguar XJ220C.
The supercar that conquered LeMans, unofficially. In 1993 four production Jaguar XJ220 chassis were supplied by JaguarSport to TWR Racing and the chassis were modified to a race specification for the 1993 Le Mans.
There were three team cars in the race and one spare car, car 53 is the spare car in full race trim. The leading car, 52 won its class at Le Mans and beat the Porsche but was later to be disqualified under an appeal technicality. The engines and transmissions were almost identical to the road going XJ220, strengthened and blueprinted. The wheels were 18” Speedline allowing a full redesign of all the steering, braking and suspension which is unique to the 1993 Le Mans cars.
In order to meet the rules they ran with an inlet restrictor and actually produced slightly less power than the 550bhp road cars. However, they were still geared to, and capable of doing, over 200 miles per hour at Le Mans.
1970 Brabham BT33 F1 Car.
Black Jack's swan song car.
The Grand Avenue wouldn't be complete without the bark of a Cosworth DFV, don't miss the Brabham! Brabham had won two championships in '66 and '67 using Repco V8s but were outgunned in '68 and switched to Cosworths for 1969. 'Black Jack' had intended to retire after the 1969 season but Jochen Rindt elected to remain at Lotus, rather than return to Brabham, so Jack decided to do one last year, aged 44. While Lotus struggled to get their radical new Type 72 sorted, Brabham designer Ron Tauranac's first monocoque F1, the BT33, was the class of the field and Jack won the first race in South Africa.
But for ill luck and that famously out of character small error in Monaco, he'd have added at least another two wins and possibly a fourth world championship. A season tally of 4 fastest laps, 1 pole position and a victory is not the record of a driver past their peak.