The Fordwater Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival 2015 was held 11-13 September at the 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. The Fordwater Trophy is a name synonymous with Goodwood and the Revival. This year’s race featured an incredible line up of production cars including Lotus Mk6, Jaguar XK120s, Porsche 356s and more in a close fought battle.
For veteran Essex racer John Young in JD Classic’s Jaguar XK120, victory in the 2015 Fordwater Trophy was simply a matter of getting past the fast-starting Porsche 356 of Chris Harris around the outside of Woodcote. From that first-lap pass, Young pulled away from the field eventually winning the race by over 10 seconds. Behind him, Harris raced on in a lonely second, untroubled by the rest of the field.
All the excitement came from what was, for a while a hectic, four-way battle for third place. This was whittled down when American journalist and Goodwood ‘new boy’, Sam Smith had to pit Jaguar Heritage’s XK120. Then, towards the end, Nick Finburg spun his orange-nosed, Coombs of Guildford XK120.
This left the place to be contested by Philip Champion in his Frazer Nash Mille Miglia and Robin Ellis with his diminutive Lotus MkVI. Ellis, obviously enjoying himself, had the upper hand round the bends, Champion on the straights. With a couple of laps to go the former set the fastest lap of the race but Champion responded by going even quicker to take the place.