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Goodwood’s First S.F. Edge Trophy Race for Edwardian Monsters

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 1905 V-8 Darracq

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.

Austin Special with Hall-Scott Engine

  • 1911 Austin chain-driven Special with an American-made WWI Hall-Scott Aircraft engine.

Austin Special Members Meeting

  • 1911 Austin Hall-Scott Aircraft engine flame show.

Monarch with Curtiss V-8

  • Duncan Pittaway’s 1913 Monarch Special with a Curtiss V-8 that was driven by Ben Collings.

Stutz Bearcat

  • 1915 Stutz Bearcat.

Lubricating Curtiss OX5 Rocker Arms

  • Oiling the rocker arms on the winning GN Curtiss V-8.

S.F. Edge Trophy Race Padock

  • Left-to-right: 1904 Gladiator, 1914 Vauxhall.

1909 16.5 liter Loraine De Dietrich

  • Richard Scaldwell’s 1909 16.5 liter Loraine De Dietrich.

Alfa Romeo at Goodwood

  • Tony Best’s 1923 Alfa Romeo “Targa Florio.”

Starting Grid Goodwood Members Meeting

  • Cars lined up and awaiting the start.

Edwardian Monsters Start at Goodwood

  • The top three finishers at the start with the Sunbeam on the pole.

Anne Scaldwell GN V-8

Mors and Vauxhall S.F. Edge Trophy

  • 1907 Mors Curtiss, 1913 Vauxhall Viper Special.

Mors-Curtiss V-8

  • 1907 Mors Curtiss, 1905 Darracq Record Car.

S.F. Edge Trophy Race Goodwood 2016

  • Four cars in tight formation heading down one of the straights.

1905 Fiat-Issota Fraschini

  • 1905 Isotta Franschini powered Fiat.

GN-Delage-Sunbeam- Goodwood Members Meeting

  • The top three in the order they finished in.
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  • The winner, Duncan Pittaway with his 1921 GN Curtiss.

GN-Curtiss V-8

12 responses to “Goodwood’s First S.F. Edge Trophy Race for Edwardian Monsters

  1. Superb autos on a superbly historical outing. Looks like the event could have been the backdrop for filming for Downtown Arbey.

  2. Wow ! That event covers a lot of Automotive history. The film is unreal , thanks so much for this ! Makes me want to go out and kick my later model cars butts, ha !

  3. Love these monsters that make true the Mickey Thompson adage that” the only thing faster than cubic inches are rectangular dollars”.
    Need for speed? Just bolt in an airplane engine!

    Thanx for the covering the event.

  4. I have driven my 1908 12 litre Brasier (sadly now sold) at Goodwood in the VSCC Sprint, its a fast circuit, well suited to the more powerful aero engined specials, huge fun, although I had to lift off the throttle here and there, I only had to brake once, at the tight right hander before you turn back for the pits. The next fastest car to mine that year was a 1932 Frazer Nash!

    Note that none of these cars have roll cages, roll bars or seat belts, some have no windscreens and yet top speeds on this circuit are in excess of 100mph.

    There are times when I wish that I had not sold my car, I had it built up from pieces that I searched the old car world for:- a chassis, steeering, front axle and minor bits from Australia, rear axle and radiator from France, chain-drive gearbox from Switzerland and a Hispano Suiza aero engine found in the USA.

    Plus a lot of help and encouragement from fellow enthusiasts in Britain and worldwide. Thank you, all of you.

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