Huff buzzing after vintage Goodwood Revival weekend
Former FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff is buzzing after piloting an eclectic array of classic racecars in a busy and nostalgic weekend of historic racing at the evocative Goodwood Revival (12-14 September).
Held annually every September at Goodwood Circuit since 1998, the Goodwood Revival is a three-day festival that prides itself in showcasing a full spectrum of racing machinery from the golden era of motorsport in the Fifties and Sixties, while encouraging visitors to look the part in period costume.
Having come out on top in an enthralling battling with the Jaguar Mk1 of Anthony Reid in the first of two St Marys Trophy races in 2013, Huff sought more podium glory, this time with a 1956 Austin A95 Westminster in the same specification that Jack Sears raced to the inaugural British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) crown in 1958.
The Briton qualified sixth and was entangled in a big battle with Mark Blundell’s Ford Zodiac MkII until suffering a fuel issue with two laps to go, while Huff’s driving partner Nick Naismith’s fifth place in the second of two St Marys Trophy contests was enough to secure tenth in the overall classification.
However, the main event came in the form of the hour-long RAC TT Celebration race on Sunday (14 September) and it proved to be yet another opportunity for Huff to showcase his adaptability and go beyond his car’s capabilities.
After taking Richard Meins’ iconic 2000 Ford Mondeo from the British Touring Car Championship’s Super Touring era to victory at the Silverstone Classic earlier this year, the pair were reunited in Meins’ beautiful low-drag Jaguar E-Type Coupe CUT 7.
From 15th on the grid, Meins made progress during a superb opening stint, before handing the reins of the #80 machine to ‘Huffy’ at around half-distance, a Safety Car intervention causing a hive of activity in Goodwood’s short, cluttered pit lane.
In Huff’s hands, the striking CUT 7 Engineering E-Type – one of four examples built by Jaguar specifically for racing – lapped the Goodwood circuit quicker than ever before and was soon knocking on the door of the top ten.
The 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion pushed on and went hard into Madgwick to quickly dispatch Matt Neal’s Sunbeam Lister Tiger and Andrew Jordan’s AC Cobra and fight his way to a solid fifth position at the end of a plucky and determined drive.
“The Goodwood Revival is always a highlight for me and I relish the opportunity to drive unusual and spectacular machinery from motorsport’s golden era,” said Huff. “This year’s Revival was no different and I had a tremendous time. The on-track battles with the likes of Mark Blundell, Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan were superb and I’d like to thank Richard Meins for letting me manhandle some beautiful historic racers. Just being involved in such a special and atmospheric event is an honour, and it was truly a pleasure to get behind the wheel of the Austin Westminster and the beautiful Jaguar E-Type. This is one where it actually is all about the taking part.”
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