Preview: The Goodwood Revival - Flying A Racing
As it's less than a month until the Goodwood Revival 2012 (14-16 September) takes place, I thought it would be a good moment to introduce you to some of the teams and the stuff one can expect at the Revival. It might give you that little push to go and plan a trip to what is probably the greatest classic car event in the world (I'm still biting my nails here whether I will be granted press accreditation!). In this post we dive a bit deeper into one of the teams partaking in the St. Mary's Trophy for saloon cars from 1950-1959. Flying A Racing will be present with some Austins, we concentrate in this post on the A35 which will, in the celebrity race on the Saturday, be driven by Martin Brundle. While an A40 of the same team will be driven by touring car ace Rob Huff. The owner of the A35 kindly sent us some pics of the car in preparation. Now, this particular A35 is no stranger to the Revival, it took part 3 times before and is in fact a bit of a giant killer. At the 2010 Revival it was running strong in the hands of Martin Brundle until Brundle managed to bang it into another Austin driven by Tom Kristensen. This year though the A35 is raring to go and in tip-top condition as the photos underneath illustrate.
It must be said that this is a highly modified A35, the fact that it can keep its own against various powerful six-cylinder saloons is good prove of this. A35 racers in period could not even dream about this. But due this being built up in modern times, making use of 40 years of technological advancement this is now one quick car. Having been under development for a few years now the engine has at least 135 hp on tap.
Add in many other little improvements, just note the custom roll bars underneath, it is clear that this little Austin is something special and will no doubt (providing Mr Brundle doesn't make a mess of things) make a good impression against the strong opposition this year. It will be up against various Jaguar Mk1s, an Austin A90 Westminster and what about a rare Sunbeam Rapier and let's not forget the Jaguar MKVII driven by comedy legend Rowan Atkinson.
Beside the Goodwood Revival the owner hopes that the A35 will turn up at races of the NKHTGT (Dutch Classic Championship) next year, in the past it was mostly seen around British race tracks (in Historic Racing Drivers Club races e.g.). Follow the antics of the 'Flying A Racing' team here on their facebook page.
We say; good luck to the team! Oh yes, and you reading lot; Cheer on the charismatic Austins when you happen to be at the Revival this year!