Swiftune at Goodwood – always fast and exciting
Goodwood's Revival meeting is simply the world's best historic motor racing event and since Stirling Moss raced at the first meeting in September 1948 the racing at the sweeping Sussex circuit has always been fast and exciting.
For Swiftune the Revival represents the pinnacle of the racing year with prestigious wins and some great David and Goliath battles to show for the hard work preparing the very best A Series racing engines for Minis, A35s and A40s, MG Midgets plus rarely seen Mini-based sports cars like the DART and not forgetting the huge grids of Formula Junior single seaters.
73rd Members Meeting
Swiftune returned to the Goodwood Members Meeting with the incredibly popular 1275 GT Longman Mini driven by Nick Swift and 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan. To on-lookers surprise the Mini was up amongst the 3.0 litre Ford Capris, 3.5 litre Rover SD1s and 5.7 litre Chevy Camaros and Nick and Andrew finished in a fantastic 3rd place. This year Goodwood wanted to place live in-car cameras in the Mini which meant viewers of the meeting at the track and online where able to witness the emotions of Nick Swift as he fought his way around the track in the Gerry Marshall Race.
As well as the Longman Mini, Swiftune brought along the Jon Mowatt 1275 GT for its debut after being lovingly restored by Nick's Father Glyn Swift. It was a pleasing sight to have both Father and son out on the track. Glyn was partnered with Andrew's BTCC competitor, twice champion Jason Plato. The pair had a flying weekend and finished 10th in the first race and 7th in the second race. Jon Mowatt, the original owner of the car was on hand to see the car take to the track for the first time since being restored.
Swiftune had another incredibly busy weekend at the 2015 Goodwood Revival, running 4 Mini’s throughout the weekend. The St Mary’s Trophy featured a wide array of BTCC, F1, Le Man and rally stars including twice BTCC Champion Jason Plato who partnered TV Chef James Martin, Rally legend Rauno Aaltonen joined Jason Stanley, F1 Red Bull boss Christian Horner joined Chris Lillingston-Price all Swiftune powered and F1, Le Man and Formula E driver Karun Chandhok joined Nick Swift in the Swiftune works Mini.
Race 1 of the weekend was for the pro drivers, Plato set the fastest time in qualifying however it was Karun Chandhok who went on to win the Mini class and 12th overall closely followed by Plato, Horner taking 3rd Mini and Aaltonen 4th. Nick Swift had a brilliant drive in the owner’s race and finished 6th overall having a mighty battle with the Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA of Alex Furiani to the crowds delight. Jason Stanley finished 2nd Mini, while James Martin and Chris Lillingston-Price had a great battle for 3rd in class and James crossed the line just in front to finish 14th overall. Another top 4 finishers for Swiftune!
This year saw the comeback of the 72nd Goodwood members meeting, the first one in over 40 years. Goodwood hosted 71 members meetings in the 50’s and 60’s and has finally made its return in true Goodwood British style! Swiftune got their own invite to bring along the green FIA works car and also an opportunity to race in the 1970’s saloon race, and what better to build than a replica of the Richard Longman Mini 1275GT for that specific race.
Having been asked in October, Swiftune where already against the clock to prepare this iconic car by the beginning of March. However they didn’t just build this beautiful replica Mini, they took it straight to the top of the grid in the Gerry Marshall Trophy. Nick Swift fought against the likes of Ford Capris, Chevrolet Camaros, Rover SD1s and many more and battled his way to the top finishing in an amazing 3rd place in the first race on the Saturday. The second race was joined by Jason Stanley who guest drove with Nick and was highly anticipated by all. The race brought the regular Goodwood fight of David and Goliath seeing the Mini reign champion again by finishing in a superb 4th place.
It was another successful weekend for the green FIA Works Mini in Sears Trophy and the race was incredibly exciting for all spectators. The success on track with this car continued as Nick finished in pole position in qualifying and won outright in a thrilling race the next day. The race was joined by various other Swiftune powered Mini’s, including Jason Stanley finishing in 4th and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards in 7th place.
The weekend was a huge success for Swiftune and their cars, and Goodwood once again put on a unique and glorious weekend showcasing the beauty of historic racing. Subscribe to our Youtube page to watch the in car videos from the FIA Works Mini winning the race and the 1275GT testing, and many more to come soon.
This year saw the return of Minis to the Revival with Swiftune entering a two car team in the St. Mary's Trophy Race. This trophy takes the form of two separate races. The Saturday race is contended by the celebrity driver and the overall time is added to the Sunday race time which is posted by the car owner. Each driver must qualify for his own race and this dictates their start order.
Nick Swift renewed his successful partnership with four time Le Mans class winner Oliver Gavin, the pair campaigning the beautiful Willow Green Swiftune Works Cooper 'S'. They were joined in the team by rally legend Rauno Aaltonen and Jason Stanley in Jason's Swiftune powered Cooper 'S'.
The first Friday qualifying followed a downpour and saw a drying track which helped keep the muscle cars at bay as they searched for traction. This allowed the mini to show its true performance as Oliver put it on pole with Rauno in P13. Other Swiftune cars qualified P8 and P30 with James Martin and Sir Chris Hoy respectively. By second qualifying the track had dried completely but that didn't stop Nick mixing it with the Ford Galaxies and the BMWs posting P4 with Jason Stanley brining the second car in at P11. First and second in Class, the perfect position for a great race.
Saturday's celebrity race produced truly wonderful racing that many modern formulas would envy for excitement and tension. The dry conditions favoured the Galaxies and BMWs again but they had it far from their own way. Tom Kristensen took the win in his Galaxie followed by Frank Stippler in the Alfa 1600GTA. Third was Jochen Mass in a Galaxie followed by Jackie Oliver and Steve Soper in BMWs. Oliver came home 6th overall and a superb first in class with Rauno taking 2nd in Class with 11th overall. Could Sunday get any better?
Sunday, and Nicks turn to harass the big boys. This he did for lap after lap much to the delight of the crowd and the TV cameras. In the end Nick took a superb 5th with Jason Stanley coming in at 10th. 1st and 2nd in class for Swiftune power.
Overall in the combined results then, Swiftune engines posted 5th(Nick Swift and Oliver Gavin), 8th (Jason Stanley and Rauno Aaltonen) and 14th (James Martin and Andy Harrison), a remarkable 1st, 2nd, 3rd in class, it would be hard to do better. We would like to thank all of our supporters who followed us throughout the weekend and have sent messages of support and congratulations.
On his first visit to the fast sweeping Goodwood circuit Jack Woodhouse put his Lola on the front of the grid with an impressive 1 min 30.87 sec -fastest lap ever for this category of Juniors- just at the end of the session. However the A Series-engined 1959 Elva 100 is no stranger to pole position at the Sussex circuit as Jack's father Mark achieved the feat in 2000 and in 2009.
In the race the action was as close as ever as the first four cars battled for the lead. As Jack says, "Slipstreaming up the back straight at 125mph in an old car with drum brakes is very exciting."
At the flag Jack took fourth just behind the Ford-engined trio after carving almost a second off his practice time. The top three BMC Juniors all used Swiftune engines.
Third place overall in the St Mary's Trophy race was a remarkable result for Swift and Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner who had a race-long dice with Anthony Reid's Jaguar MkII and Le Mans-winning Tom Kristensen's Lotus Cortina in race one on Saturday. He was ahead of them both at one point and after some frantic place swapping went on to net fourth place.
Starting from the front row in race two Swift led into the first corner before the power of Shaw's BMW and a mighty Ford Galaxie told on the very fast Goodwood circuit. Keeping Lotus Cortinas, Alfas and Jaguars behind until the flag third place was a fine result for the Mini Cooper S.
Darren Turner was delighted to swap his Aston Martin LMP1 for a Mini. "The car handles tremendously well, there is no power so it is all about keeping the momentum." To prove the point he achieved a breathtaking 1 min 33.8 sec fastest lap with a little help from the Cortina's tow on the straights.
Feeling a little pressure from his team-mate Nick had to summons up all of his Mini racing skill to post a 1 min 33.9 sec fastest lap in the second race.
A very pleased Swift summed up," This third place was probably more satisfying than winning the all Mini historic race at Goodwood in 2009 because then we were the favourites, this weekend I thought sixth would be the best we could hope for."
A race for small British sports cars made its debut at the 2010 Revival and Nick Swift was there to secure the winners laurel. Driving Stefan Wray's unique Mini-based DART Nick took a strong victory in the Fordwater Trophy beating a Mini Gem and quick Lenham Midget. Before the Mini came on to the motorsport scene there was the Austin A40 and in Richard Postins' hands it managed a brilliant fourth overall in the 2010 St Marys Trophy event after scrambling past more powerful opposition to take third in the second of the two-part race.
Formula Juniors always put on a good show at the Revival and 2010 was no different. The BMC-engined cars are at a disadvantage compared with the more modern Ford-powered competitors but Crispin Besley drove a storming race to bring his Swiftune-engined Cooper T56 home in fourth place; six of the juniors had Swiftune BMC engines.
Lord March decided the best way to celebrate the Mini's 50th anniversary was to run the St Mary Trophy for Mini Cooper Ss only. It promised to be the best historic Mini race ever and it didn't disappoint. Months of determined work by Nick Swift and his team was rewarded when Nick and driving partner Oliver Gavin won both races and finished first overall by 15 seconds. Swiftune scored a brilliant 1,2,3 positions in this epic Mini race.
Legendary rally driver Rauno Aaltonen joined Jason Stanley in his familiar Cooper S that Swiftune have fettled for a number of years. Aaltonen showed he has lost none of his class and skill and at the end of the race said to Nick, “That is probably the best Mini I have ever driven.”
This year saw the Swiftune crew at their second Good wood Revival looking after Jason Stanley driving with Barrie Williams who was still close to the front of the pack in the 2009 event.
Giant killing is what the remarkable Mini is known for and at the 2003 Revival Norman Grimshaw drove brilliantly to put his Mini Cooper S on pole position. Imagine being surrounded by mighty V8 Falcons, Mustangs and Galaxies when the starter's flag drops! The little car held its own in the dry but didn't manage to win.