Bill Shepherd and Romain ‘Ricky Roy’ Dumas claimed honours for the 2021 St Mary’s Trophy for 1950’s saloon cars.
Race 1 saw Romain take a commanding victory in the glorious Goodwood afternoon sun. The Frenchman on stellar form aboard the improbable Ford Thunderbird, passing and stretching away from pole-sitter Andrew Jordan in his Austin A40. Finishing 6.9 seconds ahead of the next best car, the Thunderbird in Romain's hands looked as competitive as it did physics-defying.
Race 2 saw Bill carve his way through the pack, muscling past the A40's of Mike Jordan on lap 3, secured the outright aggregate win, but eager for a win on the road, the V8 Ford specialist picked off his rivals one by one. Grant William’s Jag held a strong lead, only for the safety car to emerge after Tom Sharp’s BMW 700 impact into the tyre wall. On the restart, there was no stopping Bill who made it past Grant on the Lavant straight, coming home a convincing winner.
2 race wins and 2 fastest laps for the Thunderbird saw an outright aggregate victory for the ‘big bird’, achieving the international event win that the car was so cruelly robbed of in the 1959 Daytona 500.