and indeed a couple of ‘hedges’ ran across the site; the hedges were in fact tar stripes which were painted to look like foliage from above. Buildings on the site were limited and hence the modest na- ture of Westhampnett meant that the Germans never identified it as a site to bomb. The ‘Super Shell’ building adjacent to the circuit’s final corner is a remaining WWII property on the site. During the conflict, Westhampnett was the airfield from which Douglas Bader made his last combat flight in 1941, during which he is believed to have been shot down in error by another RAF fighter. Bader spent the remainder of the war in German prison camps, including latterly Colditz. Westhampnett was also the first British base from which the Americans flew following their entry into WWII after Pearl Harbour. One problem with the airfield however was

that it was prone to being damp, so a perimeter road was built to enable service trucks to attend to the planes from a hard surface. Australian pilot Tony Gaze (later to become the first Aussie Formula One driver) and his chum Dickie Stewart both had MGs and decided to race around the perimeter road, in an anti-clockwise direction. In 1946 Gaze met Freddie March in a car showroom and asked him when the site was going to become a motor racing circuit. March called in some RAC and other experts and the first meeting was held on 18th September 1948 at which a young man called Moss was to win his

play to a full-house Blue Bird Room where members and their guests enjoyed the usual great performances from this versatile line-up, joined for the first time by Mike Cotton (trumpet, harmonica and vocals). The regulars were Bob Webb (soprano,

F tenor and alto

saxophone), Andy Lawrence (double bass), Graham Hughes (slide and valve trombones, harmonica and vocals) and Tony Pitt (banjo). As always, the sheer talent on display was breath-taking. We

look forward to their return in October. Nigel Brecknell

Sheer talent from the Brooklands All Stars.



their 10th anniversary, Brooklands All Stars returned to

first ever race. Sadly, 14 years later, Goodwood was the venue for the last race of Stirling’s main career when he crashed, not at St Mary’s as many say, but at the kink before that, referred to by Harry Sherrard as ‘No name corner’. Over the years Goodwood was to hold many memorable races until its closure in 1966, caused by safety and regulatory concerns. It was to continue as a test track after that and was sadly the site of Bruce McLaren’s fatal accident in 1970. Harry recalled one famous test session in the earlier 1960s. On a recommendation following success in a Goodwood sports car race, Ken Tyrrell invited a young Scot to test a Formula Three car, asking Bruce McLaren to set a benchmark lap time beforehand. The youngster beat McLaren’s time within four laps, then beat a second benchmark set by the Kiwi. Ken gave the Scot a drive for the 1964 F3 season, which he dominated, and the following year Jackie Stewart was in F1. The Goodwood Revival meetings commenced

in 1998 and Harry Sherrard raced in the 2012 edition, sharing his Sunbeam Rapier with former F1 driver Derek Daly. Indeed, Harry has been associated with the circuit since 1988 and regularly competes in a rally that uses the track in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions. The estate goes from strength to strength,

pushed forwards by the 11th Duke and his 550 staff. Who knows where the next 350 years will lead us?

Gareth Tarr News

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