To celebrate, our Pic of the Week shows Gerry Marshall, after whom the Goodwood Members' Meeting's Gerry Marshall Trophy is named, flying into a corner at Snetterton in his TVR Griffith V8. Gerry was one of the UK's greatest ever racing drivers winning 623 races, many of them in TVRs, in a career spanning four decades. Having worked as a Sales Manager for the Barnet Motor Company and serving as their director of TVR, he brought invaluable positive publicity to the marque with his performances behind the wheel of his Griffith. With his contribution both in the showroom and on the track, it could be argued that he did more for the brand than almost anyone else.
It's been over a decade since Gerry died, having suffered a heart attack whilst driving Richard Petty's IROC Chevrolet Camaro at Silverstone. Monday, however, will be the 13th anniversary of his final win and, whatever you think of the Griffith's new namesake, we like to think he would be pleased to see the company getting back on its feet.
I remember watching Gerry Marshall at Snetterton in the late 70s early 80s when I was a pit marshal. He was a larger than life character in many senses of that expression. He was fantastic in the wet. He always seemed to be enjoying himself and the rumour was that when he went on the track he had drunk enough for him to be over the road drink drive limit - I don't know if that was true.