|Date||17/18 Mar 2018|
|Event Type||Circuit Racing (Cars)|
|Location||Goodwood Motor Circuit|
|Contact||Name : Gary Axon|
Tel : 01243 755000
|Notes||> William Medcalf will run the famous 1936 Pacey-Hassan Special in a special pre-war race at the forthcoming Goodwood Members’ Meeting.|
> The Pacey-Hassan is no stranger to circuit racing, she is considered an old war horse which traces her history back to the glory days at Brooklands however she is making her Goodwood debut at the Members Meeting
> Pacey-Hassan’s fastest lap at Brooklands was 129.03, recorded in August 1938, and was awarded a coveted 120mph badge
> The car can be seen racing on the famous Goodwood circuit on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March when it competes in the Bolster Cup.
Owner and founder of the leading name in vintage Bentleys, William Medcalf Vintage Bentley, will line up the fearsome Pacey-Hassan Bentley on the grid at this year’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting, on behalf of owner Andreas Pohl, as it competes in the Bolster Cup race.
William is used to racing monstrous vintage Bentleys from the 1920s and 1930s, having competed in events around the world from Goodwood to Le Mans, but this will be the first time he has raced a Bentley at the Members’ Meeting – his last race at Goodwood being in a Nick Swift Mini Touring Car.
Despite the car’s impressive motorsport and speed pedigree, the fearsome ‘Pacey’ has never raced at Goodwood. Spectators at the 76th Members’ Meeting will be the first to witness the car racing at Goodwood since it was built 82 years ago, as William tussles with some of the fastest pre-war cars ever created.
Wally Hassan was arguably the greatest Bentley mechanic of his generation; after the company was sold in 1932, Hassan was retained to work directly for Woolf Bernato on his personal cars. Barnato decided to build an 8-litre Bentley Brooklands outer circuit single seater (later to be known as the Barnato-Hassan). The purpose was to take the outright record at Brooklands. Bill Pacey approached Barnato and asked if his ‘mechanic’ could build him a 4 ½-litre version at the weekends.
As a result, the Pacey-Hassan was born, but with one unique design feature only later admitted by Hassan. When he built the engine, he fitted several compression plates to the block. For the 1936 season, when the car was successful, fresh handicaps were applied, which were known to be quite harsh.
Hassan would pull the engine down to make sure everything was at its best, and when he reassembled he would forget to fit all of the compression plates! The handicappers were astonished that the car remained so competitive for so long.
The practice of pulling the engine down and checking it had proved fruitful. Eventually when all the compression plates were exhausted, the car was no longer competitive in that form. Hassan then moved on to supercharging the engine for the 1937 season. The Pacey-Hassan achieved an ultimate lap of 129.03.
It is now looked after by the team at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley. Using their extensive expertise, the Pacey is now reported to produce over 230bhp.
Recently the car has been seen at the Brooklands Double Twelve event where original Brooklands cars were reunited to officially reopen to start finishing straight. It was also run up the hill at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
William Medcalf commented: “To race a car as special as this for the first time on a circuit as evocative and historical as Goodwood is an immense privilege and also a challenge. Looking after the car for its owner is a pleasure, to race it on his behalf is a true honour.
“The Pacey-Hassan is a brute with lots of torque. There is an impressive line-up of the best pre-war cars and some of the best drivers of today so I will have to be giving it the beans. Goodwood is a tricky circuit and finding grip in the wet for this car could be an issue. I’m sure we can please the spectators with some close racing and maybe the odd bit of oversteer!”
The Pacey-Hassan will compete in Bolster Cup
Saturday 17 March
15.00 – Official Practice
Sunday 18 March
14.55 Bolster Cup Race commences
Notes to Editors
William Medcalf is an authority in all aspects of vintage Bentley ownership and his name is synonymous with the marque. William Medcalf started working professionally with Vintage Bentleys 22 years ago, and is situated on the road between Brooklands and Goodwood in West Sussex, England, and is the only place you need go to buy, sell, service or prepare a vintage Bentley from the iconic 1922 to 1932 era.
The state of the art workshop at the company’s headquarters is world-renowned for its rally preparation and car preservation. William Medcalf Vintage Bentley also offers the world’s best parts department for vintage Bentleys, and a full calendar of social events, races and rallying.
William Medcalf Vintage Bentley employs 30 members of staff
> There are always over 30 vintage Bentleys at the works
> 15,000 Square footage of space at West Sussex HQ
> 18 workshop bays
> 1,500 lines manufactured by William for vintage Bentley cars
> William Medcalf Vintage Bentley has over 16,000 individual parts in stock
William’s passion for vintage Bentleys began at a young age, he first drove one at the age of just 12. Since then, he has driven hundreds of thousands of miles in these cars, all over the world and is personally involved with everything related to vintage Bentleys, and is a highly regarded stalwart of the vintage Bentley community. He can often be found with his sleeves rolled up working on an engine, organising events and taking part in numerous races all year round; preserving the cars, at all hours of the day and night if needs be.