Goodwood SpeedWeek may have been held behind closed doors but the event proved to be a celebration of motor racing and motoring in its purest form, covering the sport from pioneering early 20th century steeds, right through to the current and future age, with classics, recent Formula One cars, Le Mans winners, modern supercars, and Formula-E racers—most adhering to the mantraflat out and fearless.
The greatest cars and drivers that were due to be attending Goodwood’s signature annual motor sport events in 2020—the Members’ Meeting, Festival of Speed and Revival—had to be combined into one gala of motor racing greats. Yet none of their exploits would be possible without the exhaustive planning, preparation, and hard work that goes on behind the scenes ahead of every race, be it at Goodwood SpeedWeek or any other national or international motor sport event.
Behind the pairing of big-name drivers and beneath the multi-million dollar machines that rub door handles and smoke rubber are the ‘unsung heroes’ of motor racing. At SpeedWeek, Hagerty spoke to six competition car technicians and preparers, working on a broad variety of vehicles, from pre-war Bentley specials with competition history at storied sites such as Brooklands, through to the team manager of Porsche GB’s current one-model Carrera Cup and Sprint Challenge race series.
Our selection of unsung heroes reveals what goes on behind the glitz and glamour to ensure the show goes on ...