Alfa Romeo 308C

Goodwood Revival 2012 – Goodwood Trophy Race Report

The Goodwood Trophy race at the 2012 Goodwood Revival was held Saturday, September 15th at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England.

The 2012 Goodwood Trophy race featured GP ‘titans’ and more nimble voiturette cars based on designs from before the Second World War. These sit-up-and-beg single seaters thundered around the Goodwood Circuit, just as they did in the track’s earliest years. In addition to a series of ERA racers, spectators saw an Alfa Romeo Tipo B and 308C take on Maserati 4CM, 6CM, 8CM and 8CTF, plus Alta, Bugatti Type 54 and 73 and Frazer Nash Monopostos.

Mark Gillies added a third Goodwood Trophy victory to his tally as Saturday’s programme kicked off with a 25-minute race for Grand Prix and Voiturette cars raced between 1930 and 1950. Pole-sitter Gillies lost out to last year’s winner Mac Hulbert as the Union Jack flag dropped with ERAs blanketing the podium positions.

However, Hulbert made a mistake at St Mary’s on the second tour, with Gillies sweeping past on the outside at Lavant to take the lead. He was never headed, but the battle for second was far less clear cut. Hulbert dropped out at half-distance, his ERA having refused to run cleanly in practice. It was left to Irishman Paddins Dowling and Duncan Ricketts to keep things interesting, the former’s upright ERA B-type appearing to have the edge over Ricketts’ lowline ERA E-type. However, with just three laps left to run, Dowling pounced as Ricketts was held up by a backmarker.

After the race, an elated Gillies said, “The car’s magic and the track is fantastic. I’d like to thank Mary Smith who owns the car for letting me race it.”

Second-place man Dowling added, “It’s like racing in paradise. It’s a privilege to race here.”

Similar to our 2011 Goodwood Trophy and 2010 Goodwood Trophy coverage, Senior Photographer Tim Scott also documented the 2012 Goodwood Revival, including the following pictures from the Goodwood Trophy race. To see more from Tim, visit

Goodwood Revival 2012 – Goodwood Trophy Race Photo Gallery

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Goodwood Revival 2012 – Goodwood Trophy Race Results

1. Mark Gillies, ERA A-Type R3A (1:30.478 fastest lap)
2. Paddins Dowling, ERA B-Type R10B
3. Duncan Ricketts, ERA E-Type GP1
4. Michael Gans, ERA B-Type R1B
5. David Morris, ERA B-Type R11B

Goodwood Revival 2012 – Goodwood Trophy Complete Race Results

[Source: Goodwood; photo credit: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]

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