I was delighted to learn from Peter Adams during September that his Turner Ford 1650 had received an Invite to participate in the Goodwood Revival Fordwater Trophy Race.Son Ben who is only in his 2nd season of historic motor racing would be behind the wheel of the Turner which had received the Invite on the back of his superb 2nd place in the Pre 63 GT race at the recent Silverstone Classic in July. Ben took to the track in the Fordwater Trophy Race on Saturday 15th September having qualified an Impressive 9th on the grid out of a field of 30 cars which included many much larger capacity opposition cars including the likes of Ferrari 275GTB/C, Ford Shelby Mustang, Morgan SLR, Sunbeam Tiger, Marcos, Porsche 904, MGB, Lotus 26Rs and Ginetta G10.
The Adam’s Turner which is prepared by Terry and Jarno Van Der Zee of TT Motors in Dorset was looking splendid, finished in Red with a ‘Dan Dare’ style white hard top and #35 on the roundels and was a picture on the grid among all the well-presented historic race cars in the race. , As the flag dropped Ben launched off the grid gaining 3 positions into the first corner and then commenced his battle to try and maintain the position and gain on the leading 5 cars , Ben certainly gave it his all and the commentators were heard to say ‘’Look at Ben Adams go in only his 2nd season , He is not losing ground on the leading pack and the little Turner is certainly punching above its weight’’ , Ben put on a great show for the spectators and after slipping back to 8th Ben came home after 17 laps in 7th position from the 27 finishers , On the same lap as the victorious Alan Mann Lotus 26R’s of Martin Stretton and Jackie Oliver , but it must be said the final place gain for all was due to the retirement of the dominant Ginetta G10 of Andrew Newall which led much of the race , before losing a wheel on the penultimate lap . Ben certainly made his gains on the bends as is usually the case with a Turner, but conceded on the straights as the larger engine cars clawed back those gains with much more Horse Power. A superb effort and a great spectacle from Ben as he continues to remind historic racing enthusiasts what super cars Jack Turner designed and built, Cars that are still competitive in historic motorsport today just as they were back in period. Ben set a best of 1.32.911 in the race on lap 4 with an average of 91.32mph.
For Interest Tatty Turner still holds a lap record on the original layout of Goodwood Motor circuit, Set by Warwick Banks 30/03/1964 in the 1000cc - 1150cc Class (Turner Climax) 1min 38.0 Sec 88.16 MPH , Since the track layout is slightly different these days , that is a record that continues to stand.
Turner owners and enthusiasts were present in good numbers during the weekend and I was pleased to see Derek Bentley’s MK1 (2 RTD) parked in a prominent position in the Pre 66 car park along the main walkway to the entrance which would have attracted much Interest from those attending the Revival. For those that have not attended a revival before, it is certainly a recommended event but book in advance as the event was a sell out well in advance this year.
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