M-Sport Ford driver Craig Breen will step back to the 1960s next month, when he returns to racing at the Goodwood Revival.
Breen is well known as one of the sport’s great historians and the chance to drive a Ford Lotus Cortina at arguably the world’s finest historic race meeting was one he couldn’t say no to.
“I think I was born in the wrong decade,” Breen told DirtFish. “I love the way the Revival works.
“I haven’t been before, but I’ll do the whole thing properly – I’m going to get dressed up in all the ’60s stuff and then go and drive this amazing car.
“The car’s built by Andrew Jordan, it’s a real proper one. I’ve not done a historic race like this one before, so it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like.”
Breen has, of course, raced karts before and still uses one to hone his asphalt driving abilities.
The September event will be something quite different as he goes up against some of the quickest touring car machinery from the 1960s.
“The Lotus Cortina was a fantastic car and comes as part of Ford’s great heritage. It’s a privilege to drive something like that at an event like Goodwood.”
Before he turns back time, Breen faces the very different challenge of this week’s Ypres Rally Belgium, aboard a modern day Ford classic, the Puma Rally1 Hybrid.
“It’s always a rally I like,” Breen said. “I’ve been now quite a number of times and last year went extremely well; we were fighting for the win the whole way through, and I had some good speed. We also won the event in 2019, before it was in the world championship, so we have some good memories there.
“We’re looking forward to the rally, hopefully we can get a good result and show the car’s speed, it’s shown its pace on Tarmac right from the start, so let’s see what we can do.”