The second installment of the popular St. Mary’s Trophy was won by the flamboyant Richard Meaden, who managed to pip his fellow veteran Mike Jordan to the title.
Richard Shaw took the early lead, only to spin onto the grass on the approach to St. Mary’s. The race descended into a two-car battle between Meaden’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti and Jordan’s improbably quick Austin A40 thereafter.
The sparring partners were rarely more than half a car length apart, although a safety car period after Neil Brown crashed his Austin A35 at Woodcote bunched up the order.
At the restart, Meaden and Jordan continued from where they left off, with Jordan inadvertently pushing the Alfa onto the grass, before Meaden gave his rival a little nudge going into Woodcote and assumed the lead. Jordan wasn’t finished, though, and soon asserted himself once again.
Meaden took the lead on the last lap amid the traffic and clung on to the flag.
Jordan said later:
“That was epic. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Richard’s car was faster in a straight line, but mine handled better.”
“I had a massive moment at Fordwater and thought I was finished, but we came back and nipped ahead. That was a great race. I loved it.”
Aggregate victory went to the Nick Naismith/Jason Plato Austin A95 Westiminster.