The 74th Goodwood Members Meeting races were held last weekend on March 19-20th and this year there was a new feature that was billed the “S.F. Edge Trophy Race for Edwardian Monsters.” The cold temperatures and gray skies did not deter the spectators or the racers and the starting line-up consisted of thirty cars.
The cars entered in the event ranged from the oldest, a 1903 60 h.p. Mercedes, all the way to the latest a V-12 Delage built in 1923. The starting grid consisted of early purpose-built racing cars, and a number of specials many that are aero-engined, which have long been an institution on the British Isles.
- Mark Walker’s 1905 Darracq Record Car with a 200 h.p. V-8.
The fastest cars, of course, were some of the latest that have the advantage of semi-modern features: four-wheel brakes, quicker-shifting transmissions, wider tires, and a combination of modified-stock, pure-bred, and lightweight surplus WWI aircraft engines. The older cars were at a disadvantage because of: narrow tires, slow-shifting transmissions, lack of front brakes and only inefficient rear wheel brakes.
The hard-fought race ended up being a battle between Duncan Pittaway and his 1921 GN Curtiss V-8 starting on the outside of the front row, Mathias Sielecki driving a 1923 Delage V-12, and Julian Majzub in his 1916 Sunbeam Indianapolis racing car. The three were well-matched in terms of power and speed, but the Sunbeam had a disadvantage having only two wheel brakes. The Delage was the most powerful and fastest of the trio on the long straights, but in the end the GN handled better in the corners and its American made WWI Curtiss OX5 V-8 aircraft engine and Duncan Pittaway’s hard-driving took the win.
The photography by Pete Summers and Tom Shaxson is courtesy of Goodwood Road & Racing.
The two-minute video of S.F. Edge Trophy Race for Edwardian Monsters shows many of the thirty early racing cars in action in the trophy dash. With multiple cameras positioned around the Circuit and expert commentary you can view the intense fight by the top three finishers to the very end.
- 1911 Austin chain-driven Special with an American-made WWI Hall-Scott Aircraft engine.
- 1911 Austin Hall-Scott Aircraft engine flame show.
- Duncan Pittaway’s 1913 Monarch Special with a Curtiss V-8 that was driven by Ben Collings.
- 1915 Stutz Bearcat.
- Oiling the rocker arms on the winning GN Curtiss V-8.
- Left-to-right: 1904 Gladiator, 1914 Vauxhall.
- Richard Scaldwell’s 1909 16.5 liter Loraine De Dietrich.
- Tony Best’s 1923 Alfa Romeo “Targa Florio.”
- Cars lined up and awaiting the start.
- The top three finishers at the start with the Sunbeam on the pole.
- Anne Scaldwell in the 1908 GN JAP V-8 Special.
- 1907 Mors Curtiss, 1913 Vauxhall Viper Special.
- 1907 Mors Curtiss, 1905 Darracq Record Car.
- Four cars in tight formation heading down one of the straights.
- 1905 Isotta Franschini powered Fiat.
- The top three in the order they finished in.
- The winner, Duncan Pittaway with his 1921 GN Curtiss.