American driver, car manufacturer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby will be celebrated at this year’s Goodwood Revival, over the weekend of 8-10 September.
The centenary of Shelby’s birth will be honoured with one of Goodwood’s signature tributes, comprising cars that were not only raced, but also designed and developed by the 1959 Le Mans winner. Running across the weekend, the celebration will include the likes of the MG-TC in which Shelby competed for the very first time, in 1952.
He was born on 11 Janaury 1923 and died on 10 May 2012 and is probably best known for creating the Shelby Cobra and Mustang models in the late 1960s and early 2000s.
Shelby’s impact on motor racing can be seen each and every year at the Revival, and 2023 will be no different, as an assortment of Cobras – the Anglo-American sports cars for which he is best known – are set to take to the track in the all-star Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration. Meanwhile, the Whitsun Trophy will host a number of examples of the Ford GT40, whose design Shelby played such an integral part in refining.
As Goodwood celebrates 75 years of the Motor Circuit, and 25 years of the Revival, it’s a chance to reflect on the motorsport legends who have joined us over the years. Carroll Shelby is no exception, having raced at Goodwood during the Circuit’s heyday in arguably one of the most important and dramatic races in the annals of British motorsport: the 1959 RAC Tourist Trophy.
Donington Park will reverberate to the inimitable sound of classic racing engines when the Donington Historic Festival roars into action on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April.
The action-packed timetable has just been released, enabling fans to plan their visit to this hugely popular, family-friendly, historic motor racing event. And, with Earlybird tickets still available until 31 January, giving further savings over the normal advance ticket price, there’s time to bag a New Year’s bargain!
Highlights include the epic endurance battle that is the Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall Cup, a whole host of races featuring Touring Car grids from the 1950s to the late 1990s, the ‘Mad Jack’ race for pre-War sports cars, the glorious combined grid for the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars and Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sports racers, a round of the enormously entertaining Jaguar Classic Challenge and no less than three Ferrari-only races, when the Superformance Ferrari Club Classic Series joins the DHF line-up for the first time.
In addition to the spectacular, world-class race action, the event features track displays and parades, an open-access paddock and pitlane walks, a trade village, plus the presence of hundreds of cherished classic cars in displays staged by dozens of car clubs.
This race saw him share the winning DBR1/300 with his co-drivers Jack Fairman and Stirling Moss – the latter a late addition after his own car was eliminated in a spectacular fire during a routine pit stop. Earlier in the season, Shelby had won Le Mans, sharing the same DBR1 with Roy Salvadori, and victory in the Tourist Trophy secured the World Championship for Aston Martin.
Once racing returned to Goodwood with the institution of the Revival, Shelby wasn’t far behind, attending the third iteration of the event in 2000 where he ran a Shelby Daytona Coupe driven by American IndyCar champion and F1 driver Danny Sullivan.
Bowler Motorsport is excited to showcase their expertise and passion for all things motorsport to Autosport International at NEC Birmingham from 12 – 15 January, the premier event for racing enthusiasts.
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