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Little Classics News: 30 May 2015

Rare Classics Take on Goodwood for Benjafield’s Sprint

Jaguar Lister Knobbly

Benjafield’s Racing Club held its first Sprint event for seven years last weekend (23rd May), creating a fantastic line-up of rare racing cars spanning over 100 years.

Around 45 rare and historic racing cars took to the Goodwood circuit, including the incredibly rare 1907 Itala, an original Lister ‘Knobbly’ Jaguar (top) that raced at Le Mans, and the Brooklands Bentley, the Pacey Hassan Special.

Jaguar E-Type

Alongside the classics were a few special modern motors, with the fastest times of the day set by the Ferrari F12 and Mercedes SLS, while the new Tesla Model S electric car gained huge interest.

There were impressive runs by Martin Hunt in the 1964 Jaguar E-Type (above), Julian Grimswade in the 1934 Fraser Nash, and Chris Lunn in the Lister Knobbly.

Classic Aston Martin

Some drivers had driven for 24hrs while others flew in in from across Europe, New York, Singapore and beyond especially for the exclusive event that was free for spectators to attend.

Spectators were rewarded with a fantastic day of sprinting, with a lunchtime parade of all 23 Vintage Bentleys taking part, including several of the original Bentley 4.5L Blowers, before the cars lined up on the grid for viewing.

Vintage Bentleys

Competitions Captain William Medcalf said: “This was a real fun packed day showing just what likeminded enthusiasts can think up! Thanks to all the members, drivers and marshalls who helped put together a unique event. The response from the spectators was brilliant and we will be looking to make this an annual event for real enthusiasts to enjoy.”

Classic racing Lotus

Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course Ian Stephens said: “I have never seen so many boys with their exotic toys having such fun. The Benjafield’s Racing Club is a really great bunch of people, so open and sharing of their passion. I would recommend everyone to make a note in their diary for next year, this event is going to grow!”

Vintage racing

The next Benjafield’s Sprint will be held in May 2016. Date to be confirmed on the club’s website www.benjafields.com



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