By Jonathan Sharp, Roy Smith, Pete Vack, and Hugues Vanhoolandt
One of Goodwood’s most interesting features year was the theme of the 1959 Tourist Trophy. If you read Graham Gauld’s post, “I Was There“, you know that Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche were all battling for the World Sportscar Championship and any of the three could win. We check out the cars.
Aston Martin DBR1 chassis DBR1/4
Aston Martin DBR1 chassis DBR1/5
Ferrari 250 TR59/60 chassis 0774 TR
Jaguar D-Type chassis XKD 603
Jaguar D-Type chassis XKD504
Porsche 718 1500 RSK chassis 718-004
Porsche 718 RS61 chassis 718-076 006?
In addition, there were a number of other British cars that filled the grid both in 1959 and 2019, but we focused on the big four. The Ferrari is a survivor of the actual event, as are the Aston Martins, and one D Type Jag. But the Porsches in the 2019 race were not veterans of that 1959 TT. According to Roy Smith, the cars that ran in the 1959 Goodwood TT weekend were chassis 718-009, von Trips and Bonnier second overall first in class, 718-005, Barth (Edgar) and Maglioli 12th overall 2nd in class and 718-008, Herrmann and Bristow which retired due to an accident. The full story of all the 718 racers is in his next book Porsche – Silver Steeds. (You can go for a ride with Roy Smith in his road going RSK tribute car, just click here.)
The Revival TT was also dedicated to Sir Stirling Moss, who won the event in 1959, and who celebrated his 90th birthday on September 17. Happy Birthday, Sir Stirling!
Below are photos by Jonathan Sharp and Hugues Vanhoolandt, with a bit about the history of each car obtained from a variety of sources.