To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Formula 5000 category, created as a class within the Sports Car Club of America’s Formula A movement in 1968, chassis from all the leading players of the period — in the USA, Europe and the Antipodes — will run around the fast sweeps of the Motor Circuit.
Chichester, West Sussex, ENGLAND — A thunderous line-up of 5-litre V8-powered Formula 5000 machines from the 1970s has been confirmed for the daily demonstrations at the 76th Goodwood Members’ Meeting March 17-18.
And the international flavor of F5000 will be re-created when British brawn from Lola, McLaren and Surtees is joined by a pair of Begg racers from Christchurch, New Zealand.
Scott and Lindsay O’Donnell will make the 12,000-mile trip to Goodwood with the FM5 and 018 chassis.
“For me, it completes a mission of restoring and racing this car over the last 15 years to celebrate the ‘Kiwi ingenuity’ of characters like George Begg,” Lindsay O’Donnell said. “Apart from celebrating the tiny Begg marque of race cars in the 50-year demonstration of F5000, it’s a great privilege to be invited to take part in a Goodwood event.”
Also among the standout cars in the line-up will be the M10B that, under the watchful eye of Sid Taylor Racing, gave the late Peter Gethin his second straight European drivers’ title in 1970, following his first with Church Farm Racing and the earlier M10A in 1969.
One of the stars of mid-1970s F5000, Brian Redman, will be reacquainted with Chevrolet V8 muscle at Goodwood. Redman won a record 16 U.S. series races and secured three straight titles in a Lola T332 between 1974 and ’76, beating superstars Mario Andretti, Al Unser and Alan Jones in the process, as well as landing eight European Championship victories in McLaren, Chevron and Lola machinery.
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