This years Goodwood Revival that took place from 9-11 September around the home of Lord March in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, was weekend full of highlights. At the hotel’s own circuit, British and international racing series were already held from 1948 to 1966. Then the Sussex circuit was closed in 1966. Since the Goodwood Revival Festival has been launched in 1998, the guests of Lord March experience thrilling moments on the track. For many years this date is a red marked weekend in the calendar of the classic car scene. And as always, Goodwood Revival was more than just a race. The spectators who dress up in historical garb, the flair of the good old days to the resurrection makes the flair of it. Even the Earls Court motor show – or the atmosphere of those times – is noticable.
The races on the track are celebrated throughout the weekend, even though the weather this year was not mercyfull. The Saturday formally fell into the water and was a real challenge for the racing drivers with their high-quality racing cars. The strong rain also called his tribute, such as for example two Aston Martin DB4s, which slid off the track and were rudely stopped by the side barriers. But in all accidents, drivers were fortunately unhurt.
In the golden light of the evening sun, Maserati 500s, the beautiful 250 SI and the Tipo 61 s with another stunning former world champion car from the 1950s slid about the race track and competed for the Sussex trophy.
The vehicles at the RAC TT race were playing their muscles: ISO and Maserati Tipo Bizzarini 151, Ferrari 250 GTO, 330 GTO and 250 GT SWO dueled with Jaguar E-Types, Aston Martins and corvettes.
Exciting racing duels
On Sunday the team Chris Ward and Gordon Shedden with their Jaguar E-type finally took the victory. From the beginning, the race was very exciting. Chris Ward took the lead of the race. He continued to depend on very unconventional tactics and generously exploited the curbs to settle himself from the field. On some sections, Ward even drove across the Meadow, to enlarge its lead and brought it partly on a ten seconds gap to the rest of the field. The lead changed however drastically as Ward drove into the pits after a third of the race and changed with Shedden. When Jo Bamford in a Ferrari 250 GTO/64, and Bill Shepherd in the AC Cobra had touched each other, the savety car went on the track. The team took advantage of this and Ward and Shedden reviewed for a driver change. Back on the track a hard duel with the Dutchman Giedo van the Gard, in an AC Cobra, rose. 17 minutes before the finishing line Van der Gard took the lead. On the last lap, Ward already had 1.5 seconds distance to van der Gard. Ward again gave everything and managed to drive on same level as the AC Cobra. At that moment Giedo makes a few mistakes and slides across the Meadow toward the guardrail. He had luck in disguise and didn´t touch the guardrail. Ward could go across the finishing line as the winner. Van der Gard became fourth.
The Sussex trophy
Chris Ward trophy could also complete in the Sussex Trophy with his Lister Jaguar as the winner. It was another bitter battle with colleague John Pearson on another Lister Jaguar, with only 0.6 seconds lead. The race was cancelled by the savety car after David Hart and Darren McQuirter collided with each other. So Chris Ward could leave the race as a winner.
The Kinara trophy
The program started already on Friday with an absolute highlight, the Kinrara Trophy. It was one of the biggest fields and some 178 million euros in total moving over the track. Victorious in the race of the GT cars, which were built before 1962, was the nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen in the Ferrari 250GT SWB.
The Goodwood Revival Festival is also known for its presentation rides. This year a tribute was dedicated to Sir Jack Brabham. 50 years ago Sir Jack Brabham was the first driver, to win in a Formula 1 race in a race car, that is named after it´s driver. So far, this victory was never repeated. In the same year Jack Brabham also won the second place in the Formula 2 race at the Goodwood Racecourse. Many family members came to the Goodwood Revival Festival this year. Including David, the youngest son of Brabham. David Brabham, 24 hours of Le Mans winner, drove a Brabham Repco BT24, the winning car from 1966, and wore the period helmet of his father. Also in the parade were the Brabham BT33, in which Sir Jack Brabham in 1970 had won his last race, the Cooper T54 driven at Indianapolis, and the Brabham BT25, also from the Indianapolis 500 series. Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees were among the drivers of these racing cars.
Pedal cars in the competition
In addition to the exciting races of the power charged racing legends, also leg strength is required. Because even for the youngest there is a racing grid. In the Settrington Cup the kids could fight for their victory. In pedal cars, that are modeled after an Austin J40, they had to struggle for victory. With about seven car lengths lead, Henry Dark went across the finishing line. Henry is the son of Tom Dark, who won the Goodwood Trophy race in the morning of the same day.
Stock car racing has a long history in England. Small oval race tracks, where former American cars built in the 50s turned their rounds . It was all about bringing the opponents off the track and make them undrivable. Usually, the race cars survived no more than 6 to 8 months. However, some of these vehicles could be obtained up today. About 20 stock car vehicles entered the race at Goodwood early Saturday. However, many of the participating cars were replicas of that era. The 17-year-old Duncan Bell won this unusual race with his Ford Model 50 Tudor. A real highlight in the field was the original Ford Model B racer of Harold „Bozzy“ Bosworth, driven by Keith Barber.
Since five years the race of the pre war vehicles was dominated by Mark Gillie. This year, he had to settle with the silver medal, because for the first time a Maserati 6 CM, of Callum Lockie, could claim the victory. At the beginning Dick Skipworth in his ERA A-type R3A had an almost 11 seconds advantage. But a loose oil cap forced him to drive to the pit lane. Then it became a close race between Lockie and Gillies. Then Gillies spun in the St Mary’s curve and Lockie was able to go in the lead, closely followed by Mattgrist in the Alfa Romeo and Tom Dark in the Bugatti Type 37C. However, Lockie achieved his slight lead until the end and could drive over the finish line as the winner.
Of course, the races amount only a part of the spell around the Goodwood Revival Festival. Air shows, Club presentations, contests and a concert on Friday evening once again contributed the overall atmosphere.
FOTOS: Adam Beresford, Amy Shore, Drew Gibson, Jayson Fong, Nick Dungan, Matt Ankers