The Magic of the Goodwood Revival is unforgettable.
It’s a feast for your senses.
You are literally transported back to a bygone age.
Where racing gentleman drove real cars. With real noise and true character. Its the ultimate vintage experience.
Our previous post encaptulated the spirit of the Goodwood Revival through stationary images. We hope that this post paints a picture to describe some of the racing highlights and goes some way in explaining some of the amazing cars in full motion.
When attending the Revival it feels like you are entering a time capsule as the event takes over the iconic motoring circuit in West Sussex.
Celebrating the heyday of British motorsport throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s, the Revival offers visitors the chance to see some of the rarest and most exotic cars in the world.
Only at the Revival do the true superstar cars of Motorsport come out to play. The Revival, now in its 17th year, had a number of important motoring anniversaries to mark. Maserati marked its centenary celebrations, with a collection of pristine 250F cars on display. (more of these incredible cars further down.)
The 50th anniversary of the Mustang was celebrated.
The 50th anniversary of Sir Jackie Stewart’s breakthrough Formula 3 test drive in 1964 was celebrated. Seeing some of Sir Jackie’s famous machinery circling the track was a great sight.
The Freddie March Memorial Trophy features cars that raced between 1952 and 1955. Like the gorgeous C type Jaguars.
And the timeless 300SL Gullwing.
This race saw an initial dice between two mighty cars, the 5.4-litre Cunningham C4R of Sam Hancock and Darren McWhirter’s 4.5-litre Lagonda Le Mans (49).
Making an exciting move, the V12 Lagonda took the lead. The Cunningham struggled to hold on. Nearing the finish an Austin Healey 100S caught third place. The rare Lagonda V12 LeMans claimed a deserved victory.
However this race can be remembered for the outstanding quality of cars participating.
The Period support cars add so much to this event.
Only at the Revival is the safety car a Aston Martin DB5.
Yep…this has to be the ultimate support vehicle.
Appropriately a Land Rover did all the heavy hauling.
A Jaguar Mk2 a race control vehicle.
THE MAIN EVENT- THE RAC TT
The RAC TT is the main event of the Revival.
Everyone stops what they are doing and watches this race that consists of the most valauble grid of cars in the world, Ferrari 250 GTO’s,
rumbling AC Cobra’s,
sublime Lightweight E-types
and the beautiful Bizzarrini.
Famous names driving including Giedo van der Garde and Chris Harris (Car 16).
Tiff Needell also piloted a very beautiful white 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT. (Car 5)
This baby blue 1960 Ferrari 205GT SWB/C also was impeccable in sound and appearance.
Car 27 is the multi million dollar prototype 1961 Aston Martin Project 212.
The best thing about the TT was that these cars are driven to their limit. Ten tenths.
Four a breast through the corners.
This was one race to remember.
David Hart (Car 2) took the lead from the start of the Revival’s flagship race in his AC Cobra.
Pole sitter Andrew Smith slotted into second spot in Grahame Bryant’s similar car.
With the two cobras in the lead, excitingly the top 10 entrants were running nose-to-tail until a four-car spin at the chicane brought out the safety car.
The front-runners shot in together with second drivers Giedo van der Garde and Oliver Bryant taking over the two front running Cobras.
As the race resumed, the gap between the two was never more than a couple of seconds until the former had a slight off and lost the lead. Bryant’s engine (Cobra Number 1), though, was running rough and he waved van der Garde by with 10 minutes remaining.
Bryant retired on the last lap promoting Derek Hill – son of 1961 F1 world champion Phil Hill – in the Maserati Tipo 151 he was sharing with Joe Collasacco, into second spot.
It was the Cobra of David Hart (Car 2) that was crowned this year’s TT title.
CELEBRITIY SPOTTING IN THE ST MARY’s TROPHY
The saloon cars of a type that raced between 1950 and 1959 were highly entertaining with drivers including Jason Plato, Derek Bell, Anthony Reid, James Martin, Darren Turner and Tiff Needell.
Anthony Reid ran out the winner, however, it was not until just before half-distance before he was able to power his Racing Jaguar Mk1 (14) past the surprising polesitter, the Austin A40 of Andrew Jordan. (77)
For a while the leading three cars raced nose to tail and changing leaders.
Before Reid was able to pull away.
The reigning British Touring Car Champion, who had led off the line, eventually finished third after a brilliant fight with five-Le Mans 24 Hours winner Emanuele Pirro in Geoff Gordon’s Alfa Romeo Giuletta Ti, who also had a few interesting moments.
The team of Reid and Law were the victors in a Jaguar Mk1 ahead of Jordan and Jordan in an Austin A40 ahead of Blundell and Michael in a Ford Zodiac Mk2.
Just like the TT, this race was action-packed and world class entertainment.
In the Whitsun Trophy, Pirro and Roger Wills’ Mercury Comet Cyclone finished third.
After a firce battle with a Ford Falcon Sprint of Minshaw.
The Fordwater Trophy for Sports and GT cars that raced between 1960 and 1966 was also great to watch.
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN STYLE
A very Special Lavant Cup race, helped mark the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-type.
Gary Pearson (17) was the dominant driver in the Lavant Cup, held this year exclusively for the legendary Jaguar D-types and their roadgoing variants, XKSSs.
It was an amazing spectacle seeing 25 of these priceless beauties out on the track.
Driving his 1955 long-nose D-type, Pearson led throughout the prestigious race. Christian Glasel (14) and Gregor Fisken (27) respectfully finished in second and third places.
THE LEGENDARY 250F IN ALL ITS GLORY
Sixty years after Fangio won for the first time out in Maserati 250F- 16 cars formed part of a parade. 10 of these brilliant front-engined machines took part in the Richmond Trophy.
Included in their number is the most notable 250F of them all, the car used by Fangio to win the 1957 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Other 250Fs present included ex-works cars once driven by Sir Stirling Moss, Fangio and Jean Behra as well as one of the earliest, which was owned by the exotic Thai prince, ‘B.Bira’.
Another unique machine, the 250F-based Tec Mec Maserati (the white one), the ultimate version of the car, finished second in the Richmond Trophy driven by owner Tony Wood; beaten by the Lotus 16 of Roger Wills.
The 250F was famously described by Stirling Moss as the best front-engine car he ever drove.
The car made its debut in 1954 and raced until the end of the decade.
Helping none other than Fangio with two of his five World championships in 1954 and 1957.
We hope this post has inspired you to book your ticket.
For the ultimate Vintage experience.
For this isn’t just event for old car fans…
If you call yourself a motoring enthusiast you need to get to the Goodwood Revival.