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THE EASTER GOODWOOD MEETING
Gonzalez Wins the Richmond Trophy convincingly in "Thinwall" Ferrari – Outstanding driving by "Mike" Hawthorn in new Cooper-Bristol – Moss Dominates Half-Litre Race in his Kieft.
Goodwood was the Mecca of 50,000 motor-racing enthusiasts on Easter Monday. The weather, after a brief shower in the morning, was ideal, the racing as instructive as it was exciting. The new chicane had been slightly eased for the occasion.
The presence of Fangio and Gonzalez and the promised duel between Geoff Duke and Stirling Moss in the sports-car handicap—Duke in his first car race with a DBIII Aston-Martin, Moss in an XK120C Jaguar— undoubtedly drew the crowds. But perhaps the high-spot of this pleasant meeting was the sheer driving skill of young J. M. Hawthorn, holder of the MOTOR SPORT Brooklands Memorial Trophy, who won two races and finished second to Gonzalez in the big race, in his new, as yet unpainted, Cooper-Bristol, lapping at 87.28 m.p.h. to Gonzalez' 90-m.p.h. lap record for the new Goodwood circuit.