Garage 59 is a multiple championship-winning British motor racing team, launched in 2016 and now owned by Alexander West, Andrew Kirkaldy and Chris Goodwin.
Specialists in running McLaren, Ferrari and Aston Martin race cars, the team's Technical Centre is located in Brackley, in the heart of the UK's 'Motorsport Valley'.
The team's most recent championship victory was the 2020 GT World Challenge Pro-Am Endurance Drivers' title for Alexander West and Chris Goodwin.
The first championship title came in 2016, when Garage 59 seized the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for Drivers with Shane Van Gisbergen, Rob Bell and Côme Ledogar in the McLaren 650S GT3.
The Vantage years
After running McLaren GT cars for three seasons, the team switched brands to Aston Martin in 2019, ready for an assault on the Blancpain Endurance Series Endurance Cup where the team’s Am-class Aston Martin duly took four out of five possible podiums in the hands of West, Goodwin and Chris Harris.
Racing through the pandemic
The 2020 season started well with a Silver class podium at the Bathurst 12 Hour race, just before the Covid-19 shutters came down. When racing restarted later that year, the team was ready to hit the track with a Pro-Am and a Silver class entry in GT World Challenge Europe (previously named Blancpain GT Series). It was the Pro-Am squad of West and Goodwin and their various professional counterparts – Jonny Adam, Maxime Martin and Marvin Kirchhöfer – who took the spoils, winning the endurance title for drivers and for teams, with their victory at the final race of the season at the Ricard 1000kms.
The team also took a hard-earned class podium at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2020. Running the Aston Martin Vantage GT8R, West and Goodwin were joined by Aston Martin factory drivers, Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, and the four men drove a faultless race to take third place in the SP8T class at one of the world’s toughest endurance races.
In 2021, Garage 59 entered the Asian Le Mans Series for the first time and also launched an assault on the full GT world Challenge Europe season, competing in both the endurance and sprint events. The highlights of the endurance season were a Pro-Am win at Monza for Alexander West, Chris Goodwin and Jonny Adam, and an outright podium and a silver cup class podium at the Spa 24 Hours.
In the Sprint Cup, West had the team on tenterhooks when he took the Pro-Am victory at Misano in Italy by a margin of just 0.001 seconds. The championship was out of reach in 2021 but Adam and West took 7 out of 10 possible sprint podium finishes.
Garage 59 specialises in developing drivers. Many young drivers have gained experience and success with the team going onto professional factory driver status with various brands. No less significant is the team’s long list of amateur drivers taken on the journey from being enthusiastic road car owners to race and Championship winners in some of the biggest international GT competitions around the world.
Garage 59 runs in historic competitions as much as time allows. A highlight came in 2018 when the team ran a stunning Lotus 22 at the Goodwood Revival before taking the same car to Spa in Belgium where it won its race. Can Am McLarens, historic Alfa Romeo touring cars are also part of the historic fleet.
The team also manufactures and services the iconic Hart 420R racing engine, used in European historic racing and rallying.