Goodwood Trophy Race
The first race for Grand Prix cars at the sunny 2019 Goodwood Revival was held for the 1930s and early post-war era Grand Prix and Voiturette racers that filled the grid for the popular Goodwood Trophy. As ever, a large turn-out of ERAs (English Racing Automobiles) were in attendance, with a total of seven examples in the field against seven Maseratis, the mighty Alfa Romeo 308, a lone Ferrari 340 and the towering 1936 Bentley Pacey Hassan Special, driven by William Medcalf, among others in a hugely diverse grid.
In a field of diminutive 1930-1951 single seater Grand Prix and Voiturette competition cars, the large Pacey Hassan Special (and the sole Bentley on the Goodwood Trophy race) dwarfed the track and its competitors as William threaded this sizeable machine around the challenging Goodwood motor circuit to qualify in 24th position overall out of 30 cars.
Qualifying itself had been dominated by the 2.0-litre Alta of Gareth Burnett, a car that seldom troubled its more illustrious competition before the Second World War. The little Alta shot off the line to assume a lead that would go unchallenged through the 17-lap race, with Burnett’s margin of victory measuring just over 39 seconds.
A quartet of ERAs followed the Alta home, of which it was the earliest of them, Nicholas Topliss’s A-type from 1935, that prevailed to take second place. William skillfully managed to gain 12 grid places from his starting position in 24th place to take a very credible 12th position in the race overall as the chequered flag dropped on the only Bentley in the Trophy race.