The Glover Trophy race for 1.5-litre Grand Prix cars provided typically close racing. James King got to Magwick first from the middle of the front row, only for pole man Simon Hadfield to get the jump on the Brabham BT7 driver on the exit aboard his ex-Jim Clark Lotus 21. King tucked in behind, staving off fellow American Duncan Dayton, the Brabham BT11 driver running ahead of Chris Locke’s Lotus 32B.
Best start, though, came from ex-Formula 5000 champion and sidecar racer Ian Ashley who hustled his unfancied LDS-Alfa Romeo from ninth on the grid to fifth although he was soon shuffled down the pack.
Man on the move, though, was ex-factory Ferrari and Porsche racer Brain Redman who battled hard with sixth-placed man ‘Fearless’ Frank Sytner throughout the opening laps, the latter’s Lotus 24 being outfumbled by the Lancastrian ace’s BRM P578. Sytner fought back, by now comfortably ahead of Ashley by quarter distance. Both stars swapped places as they drove up to the back of Licke’s Tasman Lotus.
With thirteen minutes left to run, Hadfield’s lead eroded to nothing as King battled for the lead, the former just having the edge. Behind them, Daytona was visibly closing as Locke was dropped by Sytner and Redman. With minutes to go, King used the extra power of his Brabham to surge past Hadfield out of Lavant, Dayton being keen to make it a Stateside whitewash.
With six minutes to go, King spun at Woodcote having hitherto appeared to have the race in the bag. He got his car going in time to resume in third behind the Dayton/Hadfield battle. The racing became increasingly frantic, Hadfield running wide at Lavant and dropped to third. King then slid inside Daytona with just three minutes to go, the former works March Formula 3 driver having the pace to outdrag his rival in a straight line. On the final lap, Dayton was forced to retire, King leading Hadfield home, with Sytner taking the final podium spot from Redman on the last lap.