RAC Tourist Trophy, Goodwood 1964…

Posted: August 30, 2016 in Sports Racers, Who,What,Where & When...?
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Jack Sears chases Graham Hill, #21 Dan Gurney, Denny Hulme and Mike Salmon in line astern; AC Shelby Cobra, Ferrari 330P, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, Brabham BT8 Climax and Aston Martin DP214, 29 August 1964…

This group of cars indicative of the quality of the field, Hill won the race of changing fortunes from David Piper’s Ferrari 250LM and Dan Gurney’s Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.


The Tourist Trophy is a much coveted sportscar victory, the 29th running of the classic at Goodwood on 29 August 1964 no exception to the strong field of entrants…


Clark and Lotus 30 Ford during practice. Thats Team Lotus’ Andrew Ferguson behind the car and deer-stalker topped John Bolster with the headset on. Pitstops during the race not so serene! (unattributed)

The entry drawcards were GeePee drivers Bruce McLaren, Jim Clark and Graham Hill in outright contenders; ex-Penske ‘Zerex Spl’ Cooper Olds, works Lotus 30 Ford and Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 330P respectively. Other contenders were David Piper’s Ferrari 250LM and 5 AC Shelby Cobra’s driven by Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Jack Sears, Bob Olthoff and Roy Salvadori.

Denny Hulme and Hugh Dibley raced Brabham BT8 Climaxes. John Surtees, Richie Ginther, Innes Ireland and Tony Maggs Ferrari GTO’s. Most of the drivers electing to race the 132 miles solo, it was a  typically spectacular international grid of sporties of the day.


Goodwood paddock; #23 Jack Sears Shelby Cobra, #22 Phil Hill and alongside him, Dan Gurney in Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes (unattributed)

Graham Hill ponders the speed of his Maranello Concessionaires entered 4litre Ferrari 330P chassis ‘0818’ during practice. It may not have been the quickest car in the race but it had the endurance the Group 7 ‘sprinters’ lacked.


The Race…

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The start, front row L>R; McLaren, Clark and Hill, Hugh Dibley in the white Brabham BT8 Climax, #4 Piper Ferrari 250LM (unattributed)

Bruce popped the ‘Zerex’ on pole from Clark, Hill and Dibley. Dan was the quickest of the GT’s in his big, booming Cobra.

From the start McLaren led from a ‘very busy’ Clark, the Lotus much more of a handful than Bruce’s ‘mongrel’ Cooper T51 based special! Denny was 3rd in his nimble Brabham with Trevor Taylor’s Elva BMW in 4th. Bruce’ clutch failed to transmit the power of his ally Olds V8 and retired, the order was then Clark, Hulme, Taylor and Hill G. After 25 laps Piper and Salvadori were a lap back such was the pace of the frontrunners.


Dan Gurney was 3rd in the best placed Shelby American entered Daytona Cobra Coupe (Getty)

Graham Hill spun the Ferrari at Woodcote on lap 17, Tony Maggs whips past in David Pipers Ferrari GTO, the South African finished tenth.



Graham started to push, coming up to 3rd, then 2nd. Clark pitted for fuel on lap 64 giving Hill the lead, more drama for Clark as the Lotus had been under-filled, another 15 gallons were added and oil, then the hot motor wouldn’t fire. By this stage Hill was nearly a minute up the road. Clark then treated the crowd to a superb demonstration of on the limit driving ‘… in a hurry, needing all the road. He would come out of Woodcote, dust rising as the tail of the Lotus 30 touched the verge, accelerate in a burst of power that lifted the nose, slip through the chicane and like as not use the kerb out of it to bounce the car straight. Stop watches were out, Clark might close on Hill a couple of laps from the end…’

But it was not to be, Clark made a third pitstop when the car felt odd, the diagnosis a bottom wishbone locking ring had slackened off and was contacting a front wheel, so Graham Hill’s 330P Ferrari won from Piper’s 250LM, then came the AC Cobras of Gurney, Sears and Olthoff in coupe, sports and hardtop respectively! Hills average speed was 97.13mph and Bruce McLaren set a new sportscr car lap record of 1:23.8 in the ‘Zerex’ Cooper Olds before his retirement early in the race.


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David Piper’s Ferrari 250LM (unattributed)

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Hill, Fazz 330P (unattributed)


Motorsport October 1964, Sutton Images, LAT




The TT would have been a nice win for the Lotus 30 Ford, not Chapman’s greatest bit of work. Clark at speed…


  1. Norman Gaines Jr. says:

    Actually, far from Chapman’s greatest bit of work. In fact, a sad commentary on his “middle period” where he missed numerous chances to dominate certain areas of racing but instead dropped the ball. The Lotus 19 was a masterwork – it was what Penske did with his Cooper F1 car but from the manufacturer instead. Smart, right? The Lotus 30/40 was a major, major setback/embarassment, as was the Lotus 70. All were ideas/machines quickly dropped by him but remembered by others.

    • markbisset says:

      He had more hits than failures mind you…many more.
      I haven’t looked at my books, but Len Terry warned Chapman about the probably failure of the 30 chassis to do the job, if my memory is working today.
      I think the Lotus 70 won a race or three in the US. If a few Chevs found their way into the back of those cars the record book may be happier?

      • Norman Gaines Jr. says:

        “More hits than failures” still leaves lots of failures, and we won’t address the Lotus street-driven rolling debacles. What surprised me was going from a dominating racing sports car (Lotus 19) to the 30 and doing so little to correct the rather obvious design problems (changing transmission gear ratios? Working on the master cylinders without removing the body?) through the 40. If Chapman was who so many think he was, why wsn’t the 40 a monocoque car? Eric Broadley swamped him on that AND the Ford GT40. As for the Lotus 70, people tried. That’s it. Not sure if an engine change would have done much for a car Colin so obviosly just kicked out the door…

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