Return of the king: Kristensen back at Goodwood Revival

23 July, 2015

Le Mans–legend Tom Kristensen will make his return to this year’s Goodwood Revival event, which is being held at the Goodwood Circuit in England on September 11–13, after a two-year hiatus. Kristensen will compete in the RAC Tourist Trophy (TT) category, alongside numerous heavy hitters from years gone by.

Held annually at the historic circuit, the Goodwood Revival sees a plethora of vintage racers of all backgrounds take to the track. With only cars and bikes from the 1950s–’60s motorsport era present, teams and fans often get into period-correct mood themselves, donning vintage garb and creating a memorable portal into Europe’s rich motorsport history.

Kristensen will be joined by fellow former 24 Hours of Le Mans victors Emanuele Pirro, Richard Attwood, Jackie Oliver, Andy Wallace, Jochen Mass, and Mark Blundell. Kristensen retired from full-time racing in November 2014, ending a career that included a record six wins at Le Mans.

But as is the custom at events like the Revival, the cars are the real stars. Over £150,000,000, or NZ$353,480,000, worth of cars will be competing in the TT alone, with Kristensen to be behind the wheel of a 1963 Lister Coupé — a car campaigned previously by former British Touring Car–driver Anthony Reid.

Many more legendary drivers and riders from past and present are yet to be announced, with Formula 1, IndyCar, sports car, touring car, MotoGP, superbike, and road-racing competitors all set to be represented.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.