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#1 Doug Nye

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:08

Sadly, just received from the BRDC:

 

It is with enormous sadness that we have to notify Members of the death of Natalie Goodwin who passed away unexpectedly yesterday after a short illness.

Although Natalie did not become a Full Member of the BRDC until 1994, when the Club’s attitude towards female members caught up with the times, her racing days were in the 1960s. Initially she had seemed destined to become a professional concert pianist until losing the tip of a finger in a shop door. A visit to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the early ‘60s piqued her interest in motor racing and she acquired the first of two Lotus Sevens, the second of which was one of the ultra-rare 7/20s which incorporated Formula Junior Lotus 20 suspension. Painted in what became her trademark shade of orange, the 7/20 brought Natalie considerable success on the North and Midlands circuits. Always an entertaining raconteuse regarding her racing days, Natalie used to recount how, in her very first race which had a Le Mans-style run-and-jump start, she inadvertently selected reverse and clattered backwards into the Silverstone pit wall. Natalie also competed in her road cars – a Marcos-Volvo and an Austin-Healey 3000.

Natalie’s brother Hugh Goodwin had been running a Formula 3 Brabham BT9 for John Cardwell with some success in 1964 and for the following year Hugh and Natalie pooled their resources to launch Goodwin Racing with new F3 Brabham BT15s, for John, Dave Rees and Natalie herself. The team split its time between British and European races, competing somewhere just about every weekend from March to October on circuits as diverse as Monza, Pau, Chimay, Rouen, Reims and Barcelona (Montjuic). Natalie’s best result was third place in a heat on the streets of Caserta behind Charlie Crichton-Stuart and Bernhard Baur but she was out of luck in the final. On the fearsomely fast roads of Chimay, where barbed wire lined the roadside, Natalie was seventh in a race won by John Cardwell’s sister car. Dave Rees finished ninth to make this one of Goodwin Racing’s most successful events. Later in the year Natalie was seventh at the somewhat rudimentary ‘60s version of Magny Cours.

1966 began with Goodwin Racing invited to participate in the Formula 3 Argentine Temporada with John Cardwell as driver after which John was offered a place with Ron Harris Team Lotus and so ‘Charlie Stu’ joined Natalie in a pair of new Brabham BT18s for another mixed season of British and European F3 races. It was more of the same in 1967 which again began in Argentina but this time with Natalie invited to participate as a driver with the late Alan Rollinson as team mate in a joint effort with Frank Lythgoe. In the main European season, with the BT18s replaced by new BT21s, Natalie won the F3 class at the Cote de la Semois hill climb in Belgium, finished third at Montlhery, fourth in her heat and fifth in the final at La Chartre. She also had the chance to drive a Lotus Cortina in the Spa 24 Hours with Cyd Williams. They were the only British drivers to finish but were too far behind to be classified.

Previously a saloon car racer, Cyd joined Natalie’s F3 team for 1968 and was almost immediately winning races with the year-old BT21. At the end of the year Cyd finished third in the Lombank British Formula 3 Championship behind Tim Schenken and Tony Lanfranchi. For her part Natalie was fourth twice at the Danish Jyllandsring and sixth at Chimay while she also finished in the top 10 twice at Montlhery. 1969 was Natalie’s last season and included one of her most outstanding races. On the straights of Reims, F3 had become a festival of slipstreaming. After over 53 minutes of racing, the first 14 cars took the chequered flag separated by three seconds with Natalie ninth, 1.6 seconds behind the winner, Peter de Merrit.

After retiring from racing Natalie became heavily involved in the battle to preserve the wild animals of East Africa and this interest in animals led to her training police dogs. She did not neglect her talents as a musician, becoming a member of a jazz band which performed regularly at Liverpool’s Cavern Club amongst other venues. Natalie retained her link with motor racing as a founder member of the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club in 1964, of which she became both Vice Chair and latterly a Vice-President. Her racing exploits earned her the BWRDC championship in 1964, ’65 and ’66. Natalie presented three silver trophies to the BWRDC which are awarded to the most successful racing members annually. These trophies, known collectively as the Goodwin Trophies, will ensure that Natalie’s name will never be forgotten. She was a lovely person who will be very much missed. The BRDC extends its deepest condolences to her son Henry, her cousin BRDC Full Member Nick Cussons and his son Ben Cussons and to her many friends among the Membership.

 

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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:25

So sorry to read this. I’ve always loved it when a good woman racer comes along and starts socking it to the men, and Natalie certainly did that on a regular basis. I never realised that she retired as early as 1969, though - she seemed to have been around much longer than that.

RIP Natalie.

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:29

Sixth ad seventh at Chimay?  Ballsy. 

 

RIP.



#4 2F-001

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:38

That is sad news.
Likewise, Tim, I’d have sworn Natalie was still racing later than that. I guess that’s a sign of the presence she had forged on the racing scene.

(And, in my view, a couple of strong results at the old Chimay is enough to mark someone out as serious racer.)

Edited by 2F-001, 21 August 2019 - 11:40.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:51

Very sad news. Yes, Reims, Chimay.....wow.

 

Rachel wrote a good piece on Speedqueens:

 

http://speedqueens.b...ie-goodwin.html



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 13:29

I remember seeing her race a Lotus Seven at Oulton Park. She'd painted large off-centre squares on the wheels, so that they looked distinctly wobbly as they went round when the car was racing. After a few marshall's reports of wheels apparently coming off, she was persuaded to adopt a more conventional look.



#7 JacnGille

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 17:44

Sad news



#8 Jerry Entin

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 11:46

RIP : Natalie

#9 Rupertlt1

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 15:25

From an article in 1970:

"She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth (the family has the prosperous soap business of Cussons) and educated at Roedean, an exclusive British girls school."

"But she has engraved silverware for performances at Monza, Monaco, Barcelona, Rome, Buenos Aires, at dozens of lesser events in Northern Europe and Argentina.

In 1965 at Naples, Fangio gave her a special gold medal when she crashed while in fourth place - and was taken from the cockpit with a leg impaled on the steering column."

Robert Metcalfe, London (WNS), Buffalo Courier Express, NY, 15 March 1970.

I met Natalie Goodwin at a damp Goodwood in the 1960s when she was assisting with making a film about the work of the marshals or ambulance crews, with an orange Brabham F3, if I remember rightly. Does this film survive?

 

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 22 August 2019 - 16:06.


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 15:57

Ref Speedqueens, 1967:

"The following year, she proved she could cut it as a driver as well as a team owner, and apparently won her first major F3 race. Unfortunately, the details of where this win happened are proving hard to find."

 

This was at Oulton Park, 5 August 1967:

"Miss Natalie Goodwin of

Wilmslow, Cheshire had a

fastest lap of 87.8 mph in win-

ning the Formula Three race."

Formula Three: Miss N. Goodwin (Repco Brabham), 19 mins 6.6 sec, 86.46 mph

Birmingham Daily Post, Monday 07 August 1967

 

Does anybody have full results for this event?

 

RGDS RLT 



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 16:20

Not "full results", but gleaned from the report in Autosport (penned by Ian Titchmarsh)…

The meeting seems to have kicked off with two "High Speed Trials" (?), each of 10 laps, the first being for "Open cars" predominantly Clubmans cars.
Natalie is not mentioned in the text for this, but is listed in the results under "Other qualifiers".

It's not clear exactly what this was qualifying for, but may well have something to do with race later in the day… with was a Libre race but with district classes for F3s and Sports-Racers too; also 10 laps. (I thought Libre was libre…?)
Anyway, Natalie , it seems came home sixth and won the F3 section, which Ian T describes as her first F3 win, with a Brabham-Ford BT21. (Where did the "Repco" come from?). Race was won by Davey Powell, 1.5 Brabham BT14, in 17m 41.8s, 93.61mph.


Natalie seems to have packed a heck of a lot into her life (and not just the racing) and raced on some fabulously daunting circuits.

Edited by 2F-001, 22 August 2019 - 16:23.


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 16:25

Not "full results", but gleaned from the report in Autosport (penned by Ian Titchmarsh)…

The meeting seems to have kicked off with two "High Speed Trials" (?), each of 10 laps, the first being for "Open cars" predominantly Clubmans cars.
Natalie is not mentioned in the text for this, but is listed in the results under "Other qualifiers".

It's not clear exactly what this was qualifying for, but may well have something to do with race later in the day… with was a Libre race but with district classes for F3s and Sports-Racers too; also 10 laps. (I thought Libre was libre…?)
Anyway, Natalie , it seems came home sixth and won the F3 section, which Ian T describes as her first F3 win, with a Brabham-Ford BT21. (Where did the "Repco" come from?). Race was won by Davey Powell, 1.5 Brabham BT14, in 17m 41.8s, 93.61mph.


Natalie seems to have packed a heck of a lot into her life (and not just the racing) and raced on some fabulously daunting circuits.

 

Many thanks. The "Repco" was in the Birmingham newspaper. RGDS RLT



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 16:38

Ah, sorry - that was a rhetorical question; I didn't mean to suggest that you had introduced the "Repco". But I don't think there was Repco-built 1-litre F3 motor was there?

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 16:40

As Tony says, this race was a Formule Libre event with classes for F3 and sports cars. Here’s Ian Titchmarsh’s race report in Autosport:

Davy Powell pounced again in the formule libre race, his ultra-reliable Brabham BT14 t/c leading all the way after the little Welshman’s usual rapid fashion. Peter Crossley this time made short work of the rest of the field, being fourth at the end of the first lap. He had dealt with the Chevron-BMWs of John Bridges and Arthur Moore within three more laps but, although he seemed to close on Powell for a time, this was another potential dice that petered out. Dave Rees followed the Chevrons in Frank Lythgoe’s very sweet-sounding Cooper-SCA T67 and Natalie Goodwin scored her first F3 win, taking sixth place and the F3 class in her Brabham BT21.

Formule libre, F3 and sports-racing cars (10 laps):

1. D. Powell (1.5 Brabham-Ford BT14), 17 m 41.8 s, 93.61 mph
2. P. J. Crossley (2.0 Brabham-Climax BT8)
3. J. Bridges (2.0 Chevron-BMW GT)
Fastest lap: Powell, 1 m 44.2 s, 95.39 mph.
Class winners: Powell, Miss N. Goodwin (F3 Brabham-Ford BT21) and Crossley.

Fuller results here:

http://www.the-fastl...2/F367_GB60.htm

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 20:29

There are not many pictures to be found easily from Natalie Goodwin, but this one shows her in full action: https://au.motorspor...39685/25979639/

 

Obviously the picture was taken in France, but where? No doubt someone here can identify the venue (never mind the "about" text).



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 21:09

It’s Monaco, half way round the Gasworks hairpin, in 1969. It must have been a practice shot, as Natalie failed to qualify and Mazet had engine problems on the opening lap. The photo appears in this sequence, along with another shot of Natalie in her orange Brabham #57:

https://www.motorspo...o/39212/photos/

Edit: apologies - I didn’t read the results page on Stefan’s site closely enough. Natalie finished 13th in her heat, but this was not good enough to get her into the final. Mazet was third:

http://www.the-fastl...a2/F369_E26.htm

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 10:18

The meeting seems to have kicked off with two "High Speed Trials" (?), each of 10 laps, the first being for "Open cars" predominantly Clubmans cars.
Natalie is not mentioned in the text for this, but is listed in the results under "Other qualifiers".

It's not clear exactly what this was qualifying for, but may well have something to do with race later in the day

My experienced of 'High Speed Trials' is a bit limited, however, the normal procedure is that competing cars will have a target speed/distance to achieve within the allotted time. Drivers who achieve this are said to have 'qualified'. 



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:12

(Where did the "Repco" come from?)


Many thanks. The "Repco" was in the Birmingham newspaper. RGDS RLT


Ah, sorry - that was a rhetorical question; I didn't mean to suggest that you had introduced the "Repco". But I don't think there was Repco-built 1-litre F3 motor was there?

The discussion on Repco Brabham generated by these posts has been moved to the Brabham Repco or Repco Brabham? thread.