Darren Turner fulfilled a long-held ambition last weekend when he raced his very own 1960 Mk1 Turner at Goodwood, 52 years after the car last raced there. Competing in the 72nd Member’s Meeting, Darren also raced a 1979 Ford Capri and a Ferrari 246S Dino.
“The 72nd Members’ Meeting was like being a kid in a sweet shop,” said Darren. “It was so special to drive my own car at Goodwood. It lacked quite a lot of straight-line speed and ultimately overheated but it was a brilliant feeling to race in the Tony Gaze Trophy. The lack of power meant I went backwards at the start but then I managed to get stuck in and had some good battles.”
The race was red flagged but Darren got away well at the restart, only to be halted soon after when the car overheated. Despite this the race in the Turner remained the highlight of Darren’s weekend.
Next up was the Gerry Marshall Trophy and Darren was at the wheel of a 1979 Ford Capri, which he shared with its owner, Duncan McKay.
“My dad had a couple of Capris when I was a kid so this was a real treat,” Turner explained. “I started 15th and got all the way up to fifth but then I had to pit early as it was starting to overheat. Duncan jumped in and had to retire soon after because of the overheating but, again, a lot of fun.”
Darren finished his weekend at Goodwood by racing a Ferrari 246S Dino in the Salvadori Cup.
“I was a bit concerned about getting off the line in this one as I had only sat in the car for the first time the previous day,” he said. “I was starting from fourth so the pressure was on but I got away okay. It wasn’t running as clean as it should and as it was the last race of the day the sun was really low, which made it difficult when the little Lotus in front of me started spitting gearbox oil all over my windscreen. I think I finished sixth in the end, relieved to bring it home in one piece.
“Bringing back the Members’ Meeting was a great idea,” concluded Darren. “Everyone enjoyed the event and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. The icing on the cake for me was that my mum came along so I got to spend Mother’s Day with her and go racing!”