There are those who believe that vintage racing isn’t really racing, that it is just a bunch of old, rich guys parading around in neat old cars. While that may be true with some organizations around the world, there are others where real racing takes place. The most hard core of the scene seem to be the folks at the various Goodwood events, where drivers push themselves and their cars to the absolute limits. Naturally, there are occasions where the talent level is less than world class, but you get my point. The Goodwood gang drive the wheels off their machines and quite frequently that means carnage.
At this year’s Members’ Meeting, the 74th running of the event, the concept of old cars on a circuit where safety is more 1967 than 2016 very nearly became a tragedy.
During the Brooks Trophy race for 2.5 litre front and rear engined Grand prix cars, a 1961 Lotus-Climax 18, driven by its owner, Stephen Bond was clobbered by another car driven by Richard Wilson, who was spinning out of control. Bond’s car rolled a couple of times before digging into the earth and being tossed skyward. The car hit a couple of times before disappearing out of sight. The car landed on a pedestrian walkway that leads to a tunnel. It was the first race of the meet and miraculously there were no spectators using the walkway at the time.
Even more astonishing is that Bond only suffered a broken collarbone.