The Richmond and Gordon Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival 2015 was held 11-13 September at the 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. The race for Formula 1 cars of a type that raced between 1954 and 1960 featured one of grand prix racing’s golden eras, when the Cooper-led rear-engined revolution changed the face of the sport. The 2015 race pitched front- and rear-engined cars against each other as front-engined Maserati 250Fs took on Cooper and Lotus rear-engined cars.
Drama at the chicane played a large role at the Richmond and Gordon Trophy for the 2.5-litre Grand Prix cars of 1954 to 1960. To say that Rod Jolley’s Cooper-Climax T45/51 looked the likely winner for most of the race would be to belie all the action. Jolley ended an easy victor but Lotus 16 of Roger Willis did try diving inside of him as they attacked the chicane for the last time in their battle for the lead. The move failed as Wills hit the chicane and spun off, with backmarker Tom Bailey’s Cooper-Maserati T51 caught up in the contretemps.
Jolley, who won this same race at the inaugural Goodwood Revival, had moved to the front on the second lap following the retirement of Julian Bronson’s Scarab-Offenhauser. For much of the race he appeared to have a commanding lead but Wills slowly hauled him in only to lose out in such dramatic fashion in the final moments. With Wills’ little Lotus off the track, Gary Pearson in his ex-Jo Bonnier BRM P25 and Joe Twyman in his Cooper-Climax T45-51 swept past to second and third, the pair having been involved in their own private battle for many laps.
Similar to RAC Tourist Trophy, Sussex Trophy, Lavant Cup, Freddie March Trophy, St Mary’s Trophy and Whitsun Trophy, Senior Photographer Tim Scott also documented the Richmond and Gordon Trophy race at the the 2015 Goodwood Revival. We split up Tim’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
Goodwood Revival 2015 – Richmond and Gordon Trophy Photo Gallery
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