William and the team were delighted to support the Benjafield’s Racing Club in its first Sprint event for seven years on Saturday 23rd May, where a fantastic line-up of rare racing cars spanning over 100 years were in action.
Around 45 of the most interesting and historic racing cars took to the Goodwood circuit, including the incredibly rare 1907 Itala, an original Lister ‘Knobbly’ Jaguar that raced at Le Mans, and the Brooklands Bentley, the Pacey Hassan Special, which William was privileged to drive on the circuit.
Representing modern motoring, the fastest times of the day were set during demonstrations from the Ferrari F12 and Mercedes SLS, while much interest was created by the new Tesla Model S electric car.
There were also impressive runs by Martin Hunt in the 1964 Jaguar E-Type, Julian Grimswade in the 1934 Fraser Nash, and Chris Lunn in the Lister Knobbly. The Medcalf Collection’s Mini, a previous winner at Goodwood Revival, also secured excellent times.
Some drivers had driven for 24hrs while others flew in in from across Europe, New York, Singapore and beyond especially for the exclusive event that was free for spectators to attend.
Spectators were rewarded with a fantastic day of sprinting, with a lunchtime parade of all 23 Vintage Bentleys taking part, including several of the original Bentley 4.5L Blowers, before the cars lined up on the grid for enthusiasts to take a closer look.
The event finished off in true Benjafield’s style with a sumptuous dinner at Goodwood Hotel where the various class winners were acknowledged in a lavish awards ceremony all in the presence of the great grandson of Dr Benjafield, who came to support the club.
William Medcalf, the Club’s Competitions Captain, said: “This was a real fun packed day showing just what likeminded enthusiasts can think up! Thanks to all the members, drivers and marshalls who helped put together a unique event. The response from the spectators was brilliant and we will be looking to make this an annual event for real enthusiasts to enjoy.”
Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course Ian Stephens said: “I have never seen so many boys with their exotic toys having such fun. The Benjafield’s Racing Club is a really great bunch of people, so open and sharing of their passion. I would recommend everyone to make a note in their diary for next year, this event is going to grow!”
The next Benjafield’s Sprint will be held in May 2016. Date to be confirmed on the club’s website www.benjafields.com