The Goodwood Revival returned to Sussex for three days of vintage racing.
On speed and noise, it was hard to believe these were the same 50-year-old cars that I-was-there veterans associate with the greatest days of Goodwood’s first heyday, which ended in 1966. E-types and Cobras were quickest and most spectacular back then, and this was also how it was this year: a 1963 E-Type driven by Chris Ward and saloon ace Gordon Shedden won the TT from two closely following Cobras — but only after a desperate lunge for the lead led to a spectacular circuit departure for another Cobra driven by Giedo van der Garde.
Not even a three-day Goodwood meeting can cover all varieties of classic racing, but the organisers took a brave stab at it, staging races for Ferrari’s 250GTO and rivals, the ERA single-seater and rivals, the Lotus 23B sports prototype and rivals, for Bristol-engined cars either side of the war, for pre-D-type sports cars, for Maserati 250F grand prix cars and rivals, for the Ford GT40 and rivals. At the Revival, racing comes thick and fast.
Goodwood’s enduring secret has always been to supply reassuring nostalgia in large doses, with fascinating dashes of variety to go with it. This year’s special features included a 30-car tribute to three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham (the only man ever to win a championship in a car bearing his own name), and a parade to mark the 50th anniversary of the 3.0-litre grand prix formula that bred iconic cars like the Lotus 49 and led to the modern aerodynamic era.
|Goodwood Revival 2016|
|Ford GT 40|
|Sir Jakie Stewart|
|Geri Halliwell at the wheel|
|Geri Halliwell, Chistian Horner, Alex Bamford and Jo Bamford|
|Scuderia Subzero Corvette|
|Craig Davis and Miles Davis|
|In Black and White it appear to be a 1960's photograph|
|Spitfire and Mustang|
|Low flight Bristol Bleheim Bomber|
|Lord Charles March|
|Sir Jakie Stewart|
|Jo Bamford, Alain de Cadenet and David Benett|
|Le Mans Aston Martin's|
|Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner|
|The Famous Ecurie Ecosse Racing Transporter|
|Rolls Royce Silver Dawn Convertible|
|Dario Franchitti and Hannibal Reitano|
|Grid Girls and Hannibal Reitano|