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Shelby Cup Race at 2014 Goodwood Revival

Ford Shelby Mustang GT350The Goodwood Revival 2014 will celebrate an American institution with the Shelby Cup, a special race exclusively for touring cars powered by small-block V8 engines.

Mercury Comet Cyclones, Plymouth Barracudas, Ford Falcons, Dodge Darts and more stunning cars, will thunder around the Sussex circuit during the 12-14 September event, evoking memories of an unforgettable era of 1960s tin-top racing. Naturally, Ford Mustangs – with which Carroll Shelby was synonymous – will feature heavily.

The first confirmed star entrant is Mat Jackson, a winner of 19 British Touring Car Championship races and the series’ overall runner-up in 2008, who will drive an Alan Mann Racing Ford Mustang, sharing the car with the legendary Ford team boss’s son Henry Mann. Alan Mann was the first to import Mustangs into the UK for racing, and the famous red and gold livery will be in action.

The 45-minute Shelby Cup will be held on the Saturday of the event. It will be a two-driver event featuring pitstops at mid-distance to enable a rapid handover. A rumbling full-capacity grid of 30 cars, running in up-to-1966 vintage, is expected. It promises to be a unmissable spectacle.

In addition to the Shelby Cup news, Goodwood also announced that the Sussex Trophy, for World Championship sports cars and Production sports racing cars built from 1955 to 1960, will run for longer than ever before at the 2014 Goodwood Revival – and it will finish at dusk.

Previously, the Sussex Trophy has run as a sprint race for no more than 40 minutes, but this year it will feature a driver change and is scheduled as the Friday night race. Witnessing Aston Martins, Ferraris, Jaguars, Listers and Maseratis battling into the gloaming promises to be one of the top spectacles of this year’s Revival, evoking endurance races of the past.

[Source: Goodwood; photo: Tim Scott]