Goodwood Revival Meeting

September marked an extremely busy time for Crosthwaite & Gardiner due to the Goodwood Revival Meeting - and plenty of preparation for it too.



This year, Crosthwaite & Gardiner travelled to the Goodwood Revival Meeting with three vehicles. The first was the Bugatti Type 51 that was recently fully restored, which was entered into the Goodwood Trophy, a race for Grand Prix and Voiturette cars that raced between 1930 and 1950.


With the T51 having been originally sold in the early thirties it was a little out-gunned in the race but still did itself, driver Simon Diffey and the owner proud; the laptimes would have placed it second in the all-Bugatti event at Goodwood earlier in the year. The weekend also proved that a few minor adjustments made since testing last month have worked well, with the car returning faultless reliability.


As part of the paddock positioning, Merry Printers produced a poster of an original photograph of the very car at the 1932 Brooklands 500. This photo was also recreated over the weekend to be displayed alongside in future.


The action was caught on camera, as C&G mounted a GoPro to the Bugatti - footage runs from the race start up until the lengthy yellow flag period which was caused by an accident which happened right infront of Diffey, as can be seen in the footage. See the video here.



The other two vehicles run by C&G for the weekend were Formula One Scarabs, piloted by father and son duo Don and Patrick Orosco. These were entered into the Richmond Trophy for 2.5-litre Formula One cars originally raced between 1954 and 1960.


After practice/qualifying, the pair placed in nineteenth and tenth respectively. A promising race start for both resulted in Patrick gaining five places and eventually finishing in fourth despite fuel starvation problems, while Don gained an incredible fourteen places to finish just behind in fifth, making them the first Scarabs home. Patrick also achieved the fastest lap of the race at over 100mph average speed.


The 'Best Presented Team' award for the entire weekend was given to the Orosco team, something we are very proud of. Coincidentally, the Richmond Trophy was won by the Lotus 16 of Roger Wills, which uses a newly C&G-manufactured 2.2-litre Coventry Climax engine and Lotus Queerbox.


Prior to the event, among many other tasks, C&G rebuilt a customer's Jaguar D Type engine which suffered major detonation at the Le Mans Classic, which severely damaged the pistons and cylinder head. The 3.8-litre iron block was rebuilt with C&G pistons and one of our Wide Angle cylinder heads and runs period-correct Weber 45DCO3 carburettors.


On the dyno it proved to be the most powerful D Type engine we have seen yet. This is thanks to our latest piston designs and the CNC porting we use for our Wide Angle cylinder heads, which ensures precision and consistency for a superior finished product. While other engine builders claim higher peak figures, C&G engines are fastest where it counts; out on the track. This engine could be seen competing at Goodwood.