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GRRC Easter Monday Spring Sprint

Easter Monday was the 10th running of the Goodwood Road Racing Club’s annual sprint. Open to the GRRC members there is the usual Goodwood fare of older machinery but also a chance to see more modern equipment in action. The day was very relaxed and it is more about the enjoyment rather than serious competition.

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Sierra Cosworth RS500 in action on the last runs of the day. I remember when these were common on the road, or at least copy cat rep-mobiles were. Now it is a rare chance to see one in action.

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Some well-known names were there including Anthony Reid in this Noble M600 in his role as one of the Goodwood team captains. As ever he was right on it and setting the pace in a car far newer than the circuit was ever designed to contend with. Though at a mere 450HP it is short of the Lola T70’s 500 odd HP and these tested in period and run most years at the revival. I know which I would rather have!

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On the other end of the timeline there was this 1927 Ford Frontenac also competing. Seen here at the end of Lavant straight where the exposed nature of the driving position was very apparent.

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During the day the Airfield was in full operation as well providing entertainment when the circuit was not being used. The plane in that picture (to my untrained eye) is probably at least 5 years younger than the Frontenac!

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The good thing with this kind of event is the sheer mix in abilities as well as age. The comparatively standard Triumph TR3A (above) and Austin Healey 3000 (below) compete with…

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The ‘Nike IMP’ of Kevin Cooper I had a look around this and the panel molds might have seen an IMP a long time ago but there was little else other than the shape remaining! The rear wheels hunkered right up in the arches make it look like it is accelerating even when it’s parked.

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This Audi A4 ‘V6 Star’ was originally fitted with a chevy V8 but now has a V6 giving in excess of 1,000hp. Seeming it has the grip to and handling to match as it seemed very much under control

And her come the Fords;

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A pale blue Anglia like my Dad had. I’m not sure if he had this before or after the mud brown cortina estate!

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The GT40. I’m not sure if this one is genuine or not. There were 2 copies on the entry list and this wasn’t either of them! was supposed to be and MGB.

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Lotus Cortina

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Jon Doubleday’s V8 Cotina, which has appeared in at least 1 of my Crystal Palace posts, pulls away from the BMW Batmobile.

And ok it’s an AC or a Shelby dependant on your viewpoint, but it’s Ford powered. 1963 289 Cobra.

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Finally just the plain odd;

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A 1953 Staride MKII

There were too many pictures for one update so the above and the overspill are in this slide show;
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