British marques dominated the 20-minute Fordwater Trophy race for production-based sports cars. Patrick Blakeney-Edwards, who had surprised himself by claiming pole in Jonathan Procter’s Frazer Nash Sebring, led from start to finish, pulling out a four-car gap over the pursuing Aston Martin DB2 of fellow front row starter Oliver Leyba within half a lap of the flag dropping.
Behind him, the Jaguar XK120 of marque specialist Guy Broad squabbled with former Le Mans regular Nick Faure, the latter getting his Porsche 356 sideways into Woodcote at the end of the first tour. He brilliantly caught the pendulous tail but he wasn’t able to get back into the thick of things, losing a further place to Philip Champion’s Frazer Nash Mille Miglia.
After twelve laps, Broad snuck past Libya into St. Mary’s and chased after Blakeney-Edwards but never managed to get on terms with the immaculately driven Frazer Nash. The gap stood at five-seconds at half-distance but was 13.6 by the flag.
Stirling Moss, who won the 500cc F3 race at the first ever Goodwood race meeting in 1948, was out in Sir Anthony Bamford’s Jaguar XK120. He visibly slowed out of Lavant corner at the end of the first lap, but managed to nurse it back to the pits.
After the race, Blakeney-Edwards said: “Those XKs and Astons are quite handy so I wanted a safety margin. ” Broad added: “I pushed hard but I was never going to catch him. It great fun, though.”
[Source: Goodwood Revival]