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Racing triumphs to be celebrated

The 60th anniversary of two historic British motor racing triumphs will be celebrated at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The four-day event in Sussex starting on June 25 will pay tribute to the 1955 Mille Miglia victory of Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson as well as marking the Grand Prix win of Tony Brooks at Syracuse the same year.

Journalist Jenkinson, who died aged 75 in 1996, was the navigator for Sir Stirling, now 85, as they came first in the 992-mile race in a Mercedes-Benz 300.

The win for Brooks, now 82, who drove a Connaught car at Syracuse, was the first post-war Grand Prix victory for an all-British line up.

Both Brooks and Sir Stirling went on to have highly successful motor racing careers, although neither was able to quite clinch the world championship. For many Sir Stirling is seen as the greatest driver never to become world champion.

The Goodwood event in June will also honour a number of other significant anniversaries. The year of 2015 is the 90th anniversary of motor racing's inaugural world championship, won by Alfa Romeo.

It also marks 50 years since Honda's maiden Grand Prix victory as well as the 40th anniversary of the first of five Le Mans 24 Hours race wins for Britain's Derek Bell, now 73.

The overall theme of the 2015 festival is Fast and Fearless: Racing on the Edge.

The date has also been set for the 2015 Goodwood Revival which will take place from September 11-13.

This event will celebrate dr iver, engineer and racing car constructor Bruce McLaren with a special parade of vehicles associated with his career.

McLaren, a great driver in his own right, was killed aged 32 in 1970 when he crashed on a test run at the Goodwood circuit.


From Belfast Telegraph