September 16, 2019

Goodwood Revival 2019

This Goodwood Revival we had something special going on. The famous Dario Franchitti was to co-drive the 250SWB with its owner Hans Hugenholtz. What a lovely experience it was!

The car didn’t do well in the qualifying, in true Roelofs Engineering fashion something tiny and bizarre went wrong. The throttle linkage broke. This was a new one, straight from the factory and the only reason we changed the throttle linkage was to be sure nothing would go wrong. Because the one in the car was already over 30 years old. Luckily we still had the old one with us and the problem was solved in a matter of minutes.

The evening race went over really well, because of qualifying problems we had to start from the last row. But Dario managed to overtake many cars and when he pitted he was in P8. Hans got in the car and he also had a fabulous drive and in the end we could hold on to P8.

We were also very happy for our customers with the other SWB’s, all doing really well. The Franklin car even came in on podium, congratulations again to our colleagues and dear friends from Wyss Engineering. Also the Macari car had to start from the back, but Joe Macari and Tom Kristensen managed to go up all the way to P4!

The 340F1 also did really well, we qualified P8. We should be able to do better next year, but the engine does need some TLC first. Just as the Kinrara Trophy, the Goodwood Trophy is one of the prettiest races to look at, but it isn’t without a bit of danger. Luckily Alexander knowns the car for a long time and he is very sensible driver. In the end he could hold on to his position and do an overtake and made it to P7.