In a few weeks, the Goodwood Revival – that world-renowned slice of unashamedly British automotive nostalgia – will be in full swing. You could say that this is the calm before the storm, except things down in West Sussex aren’t actually all that calm.
While the Revival may be a race meeting for purely historic cars (the high-tech world of F1 this is not), it doesn’t mean that the competitors are taking things any less seriously.
We’ve been spending a bit of time down at Lord March’s famous circuit recently, soaking up the atmosphere at some of the official Revival test days, and there has been some pretty tasty machinery in action.
Jaguar D-Types, Ferrari 250 GT SWBs and a host of other historic racing machinery have been pounding around the Goodwood tarmac, fine tuning both man and machine ahead of the prestigious races on 9-10 September.
The usually peaceful Sussex countryside has, over the last few days, regularly been pierced by the hollow shriek of a Maranello-built V12 or a thunderous American V8.
For any ardent petrolhead or classic car aficionado it has been bliss (especially as the chance to get up close and personal with these machines in the paddock without a horde of other spectators around is almost unheard of).
Of course, we couldn’t leave without taking a few snaps, so here are some of our favourite photos from our recent sojourn.