The history of Aston Martin is inextricably linked with that of Goodwood, having competed at the famous Motor Circuit throughout its history.
As well as being a mainstay of the 71 Members’ Meetings held from 1949-’66, Aston Martin also dominated international competition at the circuit, winning all three of the famous ‘Nine Hours’ races, in 1952, ’53 and ’55, plus the Tourist Trophy in 1958 and ’59, as rounds of the World Sports Car Championship.
Arguably Aston Martin’s most famous moment at Goodwood came at the end of the nail-biting 1959 season, when the deciding race was held at Goodwood. Despite a pit fire, which eliminated the DBR1 he was sharing with Roy Salvadori, Stirling Moss took over the sister car of Carroll Shelby and Jack Fairman to score a famous victory and clinch the World Sports Car Championship title for Aston Martin in the process.
Famous Aston Martin racers of the era at Goodwood included Sir Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Mike Hawthorn, Roy Salvadori, Peter Collins, Jim Clark, Carroll Shelby, Jack Brabham and Innes Ireland.
In the modern era, Aston Martin has played a significant role at Goodwood, including the then brand new DB7 being the very first car to be displayed on the lawn directly outside Goodwood House at the inaugural Festival of Speed in 1993.
Since the Goodwood Revival began in 1998, Aston Martin cars have been part of the very fabric of the event. There can be no more evocative sight in historic motor sport than watching great drivers of past and present doing battle once again around the unspoiled Goodwood Motor Circuit in these fabulous machines.
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