THE STARS OF THE CARS
A roster of faces that have raced with us over the years
Founder & Managing Director
Having raced American V8s from the mid 1980's, Bill is a multiple FIA European Historic GT champion and multiple Goodwood race winner, well known for his exploits across Europe with 'COB 289', the green Cobra. Additionally, over the years, Bill has acquired a global notoriety for building and racing physics-defying saloons such as his 1963 Galaxie and 1959 Thunderbird. If it has a V8 and puts a smile on your face, you'll probably find Bill driving it.
After flirting with contemporary motorsport as a teenager, Fred decided to follow his father's footsteps into the historic motorsport world. Finding the cars far more rewarding and enjoyable to drive, Fred honed his technique in a 1965 Mustang, often co-driving with Bill, learning a great deal from his tutorage. In 2020, and just a few days after his 21st birthday, Fred made his Goodwood debut in the Gerry Marshall Trophy, where he battled through from 6th to win the race and the event outright. 2022 saw Fred's full Goodwood Revival debut, piloting a 1963 Galaxie to a clean sweep weekend and another fairytale debut win.
2x Le Mans winner & 3x Pikes Peak Champion
Romain first joined the Bill Shepherd Automotive team for the Goodwood RAC TT at the 2018 Goodwood Revival. Since then, Romain has pedalled a variety of cars within our stable. Alongside numerous podium positions in the prestigious RAC TT, Romain partnered with Bill to win the 2021 St Mary's Trophy. The same year, in the TT, Romain drove a faultless race to bring our green Cobra across the line in 1st place before the car succumbed to a late time penalty for pit-stop infringement.
9x LeMans Winner
Tom shared the vast 1959 Thunderbird with Bill for the St Mary's Trophy at the 2017 Goodwood Revival. Making it's debut, and only having been completed the evening before, the car suffered teething issues in qualifying. Despite this, in the race, Tom's charge from a pitlane start captured the attention of the world's automotive media. The footage went viral globally, amassing tens of millions of views online.
3x Le Mans winner
Andre stepped into the fold for the Gerry Marshall Trophy at the 2020 Goodwood Speedweek, partnering with Fred to drive the 1970 Boss 302 Mustang. An unfortunate red flag prevented the car from completing a representative lap in qualifying. However, starting the race from the second row, the pair brought the car home in first place, over 8 seconds clear of the Camaro in second position.
3x World Touring Car Champion
ANDY PRIAULX MBE
The 'flying Gurnseyman' partnered up with Fred in the 2022 Gerry Marshall Trophy, driving a 1970 Boss 302 Mustang. Despite Andy's complete lack of testing, he was instantly on the pace and the pair qualified the car in 4th position. After a very eventful race, the Boss later went on to come home in a strong second place finish.
1984 World Rally Champion
After watching a 63 Galaxie at Karlskoga in the 1964 European Touring Car Championship, a young Stig decided to devote his life to motorsport. It wasn't until a dinner with Bill and Fred in the Arctic north of Sweden, almost 45 years later, that it transpired that it was the very same Galaxie that Bill now owns and races. It seemed like fate, then, for Stig to join Bill in that life-defining Galaxie for the 2020 St Mary's Trophy. The race was an instant classic, Stig, battling hard with the Galaxie of Sam Tordoff for the lead, ultimately coming home across the line first, fulfilling a liefelong dream in epic fashion.
1970 LeMans winner
A long time friend of Bill's and a large influence on his approach to racing, Richard very kindly stepped in to the Green Cobra for the 2016 Goodwood Revival at late notice. As quick as ever, and the ultimate gentleman, Richard drove the car beautifully, providing the exceptional detailed driver feedback he's well known for.