Tenterden’s Nick Swift, Bromley’s Gary Paffett, Sevenoaks’ Chris Goodwin and Edenbridge’s Tommy Hill join Jake Hill for Goodwood Revival meeting
By Simon Hildrew
Platt’s Heath British Touring Car Championship star Jake Hill was not the only Kent racer in action at the Goodwood Revival meeting.
Tenterden’s Nick Swift, Bromley’s Gary Paffett, Sevenoaks’ Chris Goodwin and Edenbridge’s Tommy Hill were also on track, joined by famous faces including former Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis and Mr Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson.
Swift, usually seen sliding sideways in one of his 1960s Minis, was this year driving a 1931 Bentley 4.5 litre Blower with owner Hugh Apthorp. Named due to the supercharger it has fitted to the front of the engine, this type of car was dominant during the late 1920s.
The duo qualified sixth for the Rudge-Whitworth Cup - a race for cars of a type that competed at Le Mans in the 1920s and early 30s in honour of the event’s 100th anniversary. Starting with the drivers running to their machines for a green-flag lap, prior to a rolling start, Apthorp took the first stint.
Having made it up to fourth but dropping to fifth on lap six, he pitted for Swift to take over driving duties. By lap 12 all the cars had made their pitstops and Swift was up to fourth, but nearly 20 seconds adrift of the third-placed 1924 Vauxhall of Gregor Fisken.
Swift picked up his pace, though, lapping two to three seconds quicker, and on the final lap caught and passed at the chicane for third place.
Another driver making his Revival debut was Bromley’s Paffett, a two-time DTM champion and now McLaren’s Formula E team manager.
Driving a 1958 Ford Zodiac Mk2 in the two-part St Mary’s Trophy for 1950s saloon cars, sharing with owner Paphitis, Paffett raced in the part one encounter with Paphitis taking over for the second race.
Paffett qualified 18th among a field containing