Bespectacled veteran Rod Jolley won an incident-filled Richmond & Gordon Trophies race for Inter-Continental Formula and Formula One cars of the type raced between 1954 and 1961.
The Cooper ace seized the lead from pole-sitting Lotus 16 driver Joaquin Folch-Rusinol at the start, uncompromising American ace Duncan Dayton taking third at the end of the first lap in another Lotus 16. Nick Wigley jumped him into Lavant – on the outside – on the second tour in his Cooper-Climax T51. Dayton dramatically spun shortly thereafter at the kink before St. Mary’s but managed to gather it all back up again after his grassy excursion to rejoin in eighth place.
John Harper, who’d made a poor start from the front row in his Cooper-Climax T51, rose through the pack and closed in on Folch-Rusinol, the tussle between the two hard-chargers providing epic entertainment. This soon became a battle for second place once Wigley was forced to retire ten minutes into the 25-minute encounter. There was never more than a car’s length between these vastly-experienced drivers, Jolley being almost ten seconds up the road at half-distance.
An accident involving Jochen Mass’ Lancia D50 at the chicane bought out the safety car with eleven minutes to go. In response to this incident, TecMec racer Barry Baxter stopped his own car and ran back down the track to help remove the stricken German ace from the car. (Baxter was later honored with the Spirit of Goodwood Award, in light of his sportsmanship).
Racing didn’t resume and Jolley was declared the victor. Folch-Rusinol was second, Harper third with a recovering Dayton in fourth. Former Le Mans winner Richard Attwood was fifth in a Ferrari 246 Dino while Barrie Williams placed sixth in the unique four-wheel-drive Ferguson-Climax Project 99, the latter having made up several places at the start by taking to the grass!
Fortunately, Mass escaped serious injury but was taken to Goodwood’s medical center for precautionary checks.
[Source: Goodwood Revival]