It’s that time of year again – get your glad rags on and prepare to step aboard the automotive time machine that is the Goodwood Revival…
After a flurry of events, it’s always pleasant to remember that the calendar-crowning Goodwood Revival is still yet to come. No doubt Lord March and his team will have been working tirelessly to ensure yet another unforgettable weekend of motorsport, style and good old-fashioned nostalgia. As is always the case, expect a few surprises that, in typical Goodwood fashion, will no doubt leave mouths ajar.
Additions to the unrivalled roster of grids this year include the Kinrara Trophy, a 60-minute, two-driver affair for pre-1963 closed-cockpit GT cars that will be held as the sun sets on Friday evening, and a St. Mary’s Trophy race solely for Austin A35s and teeming with racing legends, all of whom will no doubt be going toe-to-toe for Goodwood glory. The late Sir Jack Brabham will be honoured with a parade of cars from his illustrious career, both as a driver and a constructor, and Formula 1’s ‘Return to Power’ in 1966 – when engine capacities doubled heralding a new era of speed and development – will be marked. Lamborghini is taking over the Earls Court Motor Show exhibition, with a display of almost every Raging Bull ever built (tractors included!). And on Saturday morning in the Race Control building, a panel of (opinionated) motorsport greats will discuss the merits of closed-cockpit vs. open-wheeled racing in Credit Suisse’s Historic Racing Forum.
Good old-fashioned nostalgia
Of course, the racing is only half of what makes the Revival so special – it’s also the crisp morning air laced with Castrol R, the P51-D Mustang patrolling at dawn, the tens-of-thousands of visitors all immaculately turned out in their vintage attire and the opportunity to, quite literally, brush shoulders with legendary racing drivers from all eras. Suffice to say, the Goodwood Revival is far more than the sum of its parts. We look forward to seeing many of you there…
Photos: Rémi Dargegen © 2016