Goodwood Revival was staged over the weekend of 12th – 14th September
Swathes of classic cars, military vehicles and motorcycles, along with hordes of people dressed in vintage fashion, all brought together over three days under the sunshine of West Sussex. Indeed, it’s none other than Goodwood Revival. What did this unmissable motoring event have in store in 2014?
Staged on Lord March’s estate, where the 1940s, 50s and 60s witnessed some of the world’s best motor races, this year’s Revival once again included a recreation of the Earls Court Motor Show, paddocks crammed full of classic motoring delights and a fantastic programme of races. As ever, car-keen celebrities were in attendance, from Nick Mason, Rowan Atkinson and James Martin, to Jason Plato, Stirling Moss and various other BTCC and Formula One drivers.
What was on?
Marking the centenary of World War One, Sunday’s 'Track Moment' event named 'West Sussex at War' was especially poignant. It involved 23 war veterans along with around 400 others dressed as servicemen, land girls and so on, parading with a plethora of military vehicles from WW2 including a Sherman tank. The crowds were also delighted by flyovers from Lancasters, Spitfires and other aircraft.
1914 was also the year in which Maserati was founded in Bologna, and the Richmond Trophy event on Saturday saw sixteen Maserati 250Fs displayed. Synonymous with Juan Manuel Fangio and 1950s Grand Prix, eleven 250Fs were raced, and Maserati fans also feasted their eyes on a Maserati Tipo 420 M 58 Eldorado, a 1961 3500 GT Vignale Spyder and a 1969 Ghibli Tipo AM115.
The Americans had their own celebration as well, 60 years since the small-block V8 was introduced. The Shelby Cup played host to a race between Mustangs, Dodges and other muscle including a Ford Falcon Sprint driven by Rowan Atkinson.
This year was quite a platform for Jaguar, showcasing the race-eligible Lightweight E-type made by their Special Operations division, costing around £1million, powered by a 3.8-litre straight six and built to the same spec’ using the same techniques as the original. Staying with Jaguar, Saturday’s Levant Cup was a delight, with thirty D-types assembled, with 20 or so cars then racing. What a sight!
Racing legend Jackie Stewart was honoured with a parade of 24 cars from his career. Jackie himself led the procession in a Tyrrell 006, followed by John Surtees in a Lola T70, Jackie’s son Mark in a Cooper-BMW Forumla 3 car, Mark Weber in a Matra-Cosworth MS80, and other cars including a Lola T90 Ford and a BRM P261. Jackie was discovered at Goodwood by Lord March's grandfather and went on to become three-times world champion.
Ant Anstead from Channel 4’s ‘For the Love of Cars’ proudly introduced a production model of the Evanta Barchetta 6.2L, produced in collaboration with Bradford-based tuner Afzal Kahn. Weighing less than a tonne, it combines retro looks with a 450bhp Chevrolet V8.
Sunday, the final day, staged the biggest race, the RAC TT, which was packed with AC Cobras, E-type Jaguars, Maseratis, Ferraris, Aston Martins and other closed-cockpit GT cars from the 1960s. Bring on next year!