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This year’s track day (our first In June) saw over 35 cars and 40 drivers registered to take part, along with many more spectator vehicles scattered around the paddock. Every year the event grows as a spectator event and this year there must have been well over a hundred people through the gate who either just popped in for an hour or so to see what was going on or who stayed for most of the day to enjoy the Alfa sights and sounds and the huge array of cars in the paddock.
On track, the cars ranged from Paul Morris’s recently restored Giulietta Sprint (with its distinctive silver and red colour scheme) through to Ken Beere’s unique 3.0 V6 powered GT Junior.
It’s not just serious race machines that come to this trackday. We encourage standard cars, too, and there was a nice selection of road cars enjoying their unmodified Alfas on the track in a friendly, unintimidating atmosphere. Bill Earlam’s Sprint GT is always admired as it drifts round the track on original style 155x15 inch tyres.
Don’t imagine that you need a coupé to take part. Spiders are welcome, too. It’s great fun doing 100 mph+ with the soft top down on the long back straight.
Goodwood is a unique, historic racing circuit with its own special atmosphere and is a great place to exercise your classic Alfa. It also always seems to have its own micro-climate as we managed to miss the forecast rain showers throughout the day and enjoyed lots of Sussex sunshine.
One of the best things about the day is the relaxed atmosphere in the paddock as everybody mingles, checking out the cars and discussing the on-track antics. Also, the generous amount of track time available for all participants on this fantastic circuit means that everyone has more than enough and there is little queuing between sessions. The lunchtime escorted ‘parade laps’ are proving popular as well, giving anyone in an Alfa a chance to experience the circuit at a controlled pace.
Photos courtesy of Ken Carrington ( kencarringtonphotography.co.uk) Nick Mawbey & Andrew Stevens)