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Benjafield’s Sprint to Celebrate Best of Motorsport at Goodwood

The very best of motorsport, vintage and modern, will be celebrated at the second Benjafield’s Sprint at Goodwood on 21 May.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Sprint will see cars from all eras heading out on track, with grid attendants, hospitality in the Jackie Stewart Pavilion and an evening dinner in the Goodwood Hotel, all adding to the atmosphere. The day is building on the fantastically successful first Benjafield’s Sprint, which took place in 2015.

The Benjafield’s Racing Club was formed in 1990 to celebrate the very best of vintage motorsport, but took its inspiration and name from Dr Dudley Benjafield, one of the original ‘Bentley Boys.’ As a result, the club retains a particular interest in vintage Bentleys as raced by Benjafield and his cohorts, the likes of Sir Henry R. S. (Tim) Birkin Sammy Davis, Bernard Rubin, Glen Kidston, Frank Clement and John Duff and Woolf (Babe) Barnato.

This year, the number of entrants is being limited, making it a more exclusive event and allowing more track time for each car. In total, around 30 cars are expected to attend, with up to seven track sessions planned for the day.

The Sprint is expected to see cars come from all around the world to take part, with everything from a 1912 Chalmers 10 to a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS, a 1934 Talbot 75 Special, a 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 and a 2013 BAC Mono all expected to attend. The cars will be organised into eight classes, including Pre-war 3L and under, Classic Car pre 1960, Production Cars from 1985 and Super Cars.

Bentley display at Benjafield’s Sprint at Goodwood, May 2015
Bentley display at Benjafield’s Sprint at Goodwood, May 2015

As well as the many other cars, there will inevitably be a selection of vintage Bentleys taking to the track.

Spectators are welcome to attend the day, and entrance is free of charge. The paddock will be open, allowing attendees to get up close with the cars, as well as watching them on track.

Benjafield’s Computations Captain William Medcalf said: “The first Benjafield’s Sprint was a fantastic day and this year promises to be even better. There will be a wonderful variety of cars on show and on track, and it will be a real treat for the drivers and spectators alike.

“The day is about much more than just the cars, and is a true celebration of everything that the Bentley Boys held dear – racing, good company and good food. We look forward to seeing people there.”

The Benjafield’s Sprint starts at 7.15am with a track walk, with practice starting at 9.00am, and the timed runs beginning at 11.00am.


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