Daly’s Revival Return
September 12, 2013 by Tony Gregory
After making his debut at last year’s Goodwood Revival, Irish born Derek Daly has again been invited to compete at the world’s premier historic racing meeting being held this weekend 13th/15th September.
The ex F1 driver and 1977 British F3 champion will be sharing Stewart Imber’s 1964 300 SE Fintail Mercedes in the St Mary’s Trophy, a two-part race for Pre’66 saloons. The format will be a celebrity race on Saturday with the car owners taking their turn on Sunday and the result being declared on aggregate. The capacity crowd are expected to see a thrilling and close-fought battle between such diverse and classic cars as BMW 2000Tii, Ford Galaxie, Jaguar MkII and the Mini Cooper S, Lotus Cortina, Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Coupes all celebrating their 50th anniversaries.
Daly will be in good hands as Imber is a keen historic touring car racer and collector. Imber has also been in the privileged position of being invited to race at the Revival from the outset with such drivers as Sir Jack Brabham, Rowan Atkinson, Richard Attwood to name but a few. The revival is always a busy time for Imber has he is also the owner of Themed Garages and is behind many of the garage sets in the time warp of the Revival paddock. With 38 years of collecting behind him he is regarded as one of the greatest collectors of automobilia and motor car related artefacts.
Daly’s first taste of the Goodwood circuit was in a Formula One car in 1977 when he tested the new Theodore and commented “ I have since then followed the revival meeting with great interest because of the calibre of cars and drivers it attracts. When an event goes to such trouble to have just about everything in period style it just captures the imagination and when I was offered the opportunity to drive this year I had to jump at it.”
Daly and Imber will this year face stiff competition from an assembled grid of International motorsport stars including five Le-mans winners, three BTCC champions and five ex F1 drivers and the odd celebrity driver in the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and chief James Martin both in Mini Cooper’s.