Goodwood hillclimb to honour F1’s also-rans

The brilliantly batty 1977 March 2-4-0 will be among the stars of the hillclimb event

The brilliantly batty 1977 March 2-4-0 will be among the stars of the hillclimb event

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While the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed proudly celebrates the theme ‘Flat-Out and Fearless’, an all-new category for the Hillclimb will celebrate those that put everything into reaching Formula 1, but never quite achieved the success that they craved.

While the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed proudly celebrates the theme ‘Flat-Out and Fearless’, an all-new category for the Hillclimb will celebrate those that put everything into reaching Formula 1, but never quite achieved the success that they craved.

‘Fearless but Flat-Broke’ shines a light on the teams that, despite limited resources, followed their dream of making it to motor racing’s highest level.

Two cars driven by F1’s perennial bridesmaid, Chris Amon, will feature. The unraced Tecno E371 and his unique Amon AF101 – raced just once during the 1974 season.

A pair of Lec CRP1s – complete with bodywork shaped in period by fridge-making machines – will be seen in action together for the very first time. The Bognor Regis-built cars will head up the Hill in tandem, evoking memories of the team’s three F1 World Championship starts, which incredibly included driver David Purley leading the 1977 Belgian GP in tricky weather conditions.

They will be joined by the eccentric March 2-4-0, developed as the team’s six-wheeled challenger for the 1977 world title. It never raced due to chronic unreliability in testing and instead found fame as a Scalextric car, as well as winning the British Hillclimb Championship in the hands of Roy Lane.

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