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“A rather special book—an extremely easy read and at the same time, really interesting. Absolutely loaded with information.”
Sir Stirling Moss

“Goodwood was my favourite circuit, there can never be too many books on the subject and this one is a little different.”
Roy Salvadori

“A fascinating book”
Lord March

“Pure nostalgia”
Willie Green


Foreword by Ed McDonough

European Editor of Vintage Racecar
Motor Racing Historian, Journalist, and Author

As a motor racing historian, I spend a significant amount of time searching for first hand accounts of what happened at various times during the past hundred years. While a great deal of history of “our” sport has been recorded in writing and photographs, it has to be remembered that the larger share still remains in peoples’ heads... and in their lofts!

One of the best things I ever hear is when someone says “I found this box of old racing photos my dad took at Goodwood”... or Silverstone or Le Mans or any number of other racing venues. As an author, I have always thought it a bit special to be able to use accounts or photos taken at some obscure race meeting in the ’50s. There’s something interesting about using the photo a fan took of a driver fifty years ago and kept for all that time. Sadly, those photos and people are beginning to be in short supply.

It’s good fortune, then, that enthusiasts like Peter Redman are still around, and that they hung onto their own memorabilia, and collected more. And Peter has the added fortune to be able to convert his memories into drawings that somehow capture that bit more than photographs can.

The resurrection of the Goodwood circuit and the Festival of Speed in recent years have sparked a number of written accounts of racing at the Sussex circuit. There are some quality professional books on Goodwood now, but there still is nothing quite like hearing the experiences of the people who were there “on the day”. The race reports will never capture what happened round the back of the circuit when Roy or Stirling spun and went to talk to the crowd at the fence, or what the mood of the spectators was about parking facilities of the day, or how thousands had to manage with one or two loos! The raw data of history is always important, but the “feel” and subjectivity of it is just as significant, perhaps more so.

Peter’s photos, drawings, cartoons, and recollections bring back the reality of the post-war Goodwood days. This is a modest book in size and scope, but it has that “I was there” feeling. Motor racing history will be safe as long as we continue to have access to the reality of the “good old days”

Foreword by Willie Green

Historic Racing Car Driver for more than 30 years

Fifty years ago when I was at Prep School, there were three or four of us who would listen to the radio reports of Le Mans and various Grand Prix. We are still in touch today, but it never occurred to me that one day I would not only drive the actual cars that we were listening to but also get to know most of the drivers that survived.

Regrettably there were so many fatalities in those days, the circuits were not the anaesthetised “Go Kart” tracks we are presented with nowadays; the spectators didn’t need binoculars and on occasion even became part of the action.

Looking at the photographs in this book will transport you back to the days when motor racing was a “sport”, a real hobby and heroes were available in the paddock. Racing cars were brought on the back of old trailers and teams would even help the opposition!

Goodwood remains the only circuit whose profile remains almost the same as the original layout. Though the chicane is now tighter, with the original high speed corners the Earl of March has more than recaptured the Spirit of Goodwood with the Revival meetings.

Enjoy it while you can; remember that it was closed in 1966 because it was too fast and I have personal experience that most of the “original” cars now have at least 25% more power. Happy memories.


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