Goodwood Road Racing Club’s hotly-anticipated 72nd Members’ Meeting caused a sensation as its inaugural running took place in front of a highly-enthusiastic crowd on March 29-30.
The most important new historic motor sport event in over 15 years featured more than 400 iconic racing and rally cars going wheel-to-wheel and several high-profile celebrity appearances as the four Houses of Goodwood fought tooth-and-nail for the Goodwood House Trophy.
With intense on-track action backed up by off-track challenges all counting for House points – including traditional school sports day-style events, cocktail mixing, a tug-of-war and even welly wanging – the atmosphere of the event evoked the spirit of good-natured competition that is central to all Goodwood events.
An all-star line-up of cars included a high-speed parade of turbocharged Formula 1 machinery – featuring several ex-Ayrton Senna Lotuses and Tolemans – a glorious display of iconic Le Mans 24 Hours racers, the world’s largest Bugatti-only race and the first race to ever feature 1980s cars at Goodwood – The Gerry Marshall Trophy – ensured a great weekend for all.
Among the star names visiting the event were Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss, who was an avid spectator, DJ Chris Evans, Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy, international model David Gandy and celebrity chef James Martin – who raced his 1963 Morris Mini Cooper S in the Sears Trophy for production saloons on Sunday.
The event also featured spectacular Saturday night festivities, featuring a host of entertainment in The Great Hall, live music, circus acts, theatre and a steam fair – all finished off with the largest fireworks display ever witnessed at Goodwood.
Lord March said: “What a fantastic way to kick off this new event. The sensational selection of cars and drivers is just about the most diverse we’ve ever had at Goodwood Motor Circuit. From some of the most beautiful 1960s sportscars ever designed to the quite incredible noise of the turbo Formula 1 machines… And all in an intimate environment that allowed everyone to become a part of it themselves. Our challenge now is to make the 73rd Members’ Meeting even better!”
Ferrari has announced the world premiere of the 149M Project, sparking rumors and speculation as to what the secretive project really is. The premiere, set for February 12, sits in line before the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Kept tightly under wraps by the Italian automaker, the prevailing rumor is that of a successor to the Ferrari California. The current California has been in production since 2008, and apart from a few small changes, has yet to go through any significant redesigns.
Though not yet confirmed, the timing of the Ferrari 149M Project fits suspiciously well into the California’s product cycle. Hype for the current California has all but subsided among the Ferrari lineup, which includes fresh offerings such as the 458 Speciale and the LaFerrari.
If the 149M Project is indeed the next California, Ferrari has a great deal of technology to work with. The internet rumor mill suggests the use of forced induction in the form of the Maserati Quattroporte’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. If this is true, the next California could see a healthy gain in horsepower over its current naturally aspirated V8. Assuming that the Quattroporte’s V8 is slightly detuned (which has traditionally been the case in shared Ferrari/Maserati engines), horsepower figures could even be higher than the current 523 horsepower rating.
Further supporting the new California rumors are the Ferrari test mules running around in less-than-sneaky camouflage. Keen enthusiasts are likely already aware of the test vehicles running around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, with the unmistakable California body and turbo sound, having been seen all the way back since 2012.
The M in 149M, as some have noted, suggests that the upcoming project announcement is modification of an existing platform, rather than a new model in the lineup. Much like the 550 was replaced by the 575M, the 149M project could very well be a “modified” California.
Outside of engine options, not much else is known about the possible California successor. Some suggest the styling will be tweaked to resemble the F12 Berlinetta, and that the interior will feature an improved entertainment system.
The Ferrari 149M Project is set for its world premiere on February 12. Whatever the announcement is – and all evidence leads to the next California – will likely be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
New 60th Anniversary Lister Jaguar brochure now available
50 per cent of 2014 production already sold
First cars to be delivered in April, 2014
Road-going variant to be offered at £259,000 + tax
Race-going version to be £249,000 + tax.
Following the recently announced purchase of the Lister Motor Company in May 2013, the company is delighted to announce that it has now published its 60th Anniversary Lister Jaguar brochure, which fully outlines the specifications for its fantastic recreation of the iconic Lister Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ racing car.
With the order book already filling for the new car, Lister has produced its first new sales brochure in more than 25 years, with all the options and specification data now available to potential customers, as well as providing an insight into Lister’s iconic history. Interest in the Lister brand has never been higher and with values of the original 1950s ‘Knobbly’ cars now approaching $2,000,000 million*, the model is highly-prized by collectors and historic racing enthusiasts.
The new continuation cars will provide an all-new, factory approved, entry into FIA/HTP Appendix K historic racing, without the risk of buying non-factory recognised, replica cars, which may prove to be ineligible for FIA completion use. The Lister Motor company has also announced that it will build the ‘Knobbly’ for road & race use, which is detailed in the new brochure at prices of £259,000 + tax and £249,000 + tax respectively.
Lawrence Whittaker, Managing Director of Lister Cars, says: “2014 is a very special year for us, as it celebrates 60 years since Brian Lister built the first Lister car at George Lister Engineering. Today we are still hand-building cars at George Lister Engineering in Cambridge and use many of the traditional methods that were used in 1954, as well as one or two of the original engineers. It’s fantastic to think that Lister has a 60 year history as an all-British owned car maker, and that it now has a fantastic future ahead of it.”
With traditional, hand-built construction still at its core, and with orders tailored to the bespoke requirements of each customer, the 2014 production numbers for the 60th Anniversary Lister Jaguar are, of course, extremely limited. With 50 per cent of the annual production capability already sold, the first cars will leave the factory in April 2014.
“April is a key month for us in 2014”, continues Whittaker, “We will have two press cars available around that time which will allow us to officially unveil the car to the world’s media at a dedicated launch event at a track venue in the UK. Watch this space!”
Plans are still being progressed for a series of Lister sponsored historic race meetings to run in 2015, in time for the Lister brand’s 125th anniversary.