The Goodwood Revival is to historic racing what Glastonbury is to music festivals. It’s eccentrically British and every vintage racer wants to compete at Lord March’s iconic Motor Circuit.
This year, the late British ‘summer’ even helped the usually verdant Goodwood ground to do its best Worthy Farm impression. However, despite the often-persistent rain, the 2017 Goodwood Revival, once again, provided an unmissable extravaganza of pre-1966 motoring.
Each morning began with a track invasion of original Fiat 500s, the loveable superminis bringing a large dose of Italian organised chaos to the proceedings (and a good many smiles to the early birds who flocked to the Goodwood Motor Circuit in their thousands).
Despite most of the grids totalling many millions of pounds’ worth of exotic metal, the on-track action was as fierce as ever (with the slippery conditions only adding to the spectacle).
Historic Formula One machinery from the 1960s battled through the spray in the Glover Trophy on Sunday afternoon with Friday evening’s one-hour Kinrara Trophy also run in similarly atrocious conditions.
Despite this, the majority of the 2017 Goodwood Revival competitors behaved themselves, keeping their near-priceless chariots out of the circuit’s unforgiving barriers and treating the sell-out crowd to some of the best historic racing of the season.
While screaming Ferrari V12s and howling Jaguar straight sixes enthral many in the audience, the Revival is more than just another race meeting; spectators help to relive the elegant style of the 1940s, 50s and 60s too dressing up in all manner of period costumes.
The 2017 Goodwood Revival saw an especially strong contingent of tartan-clad onlookers, celebrating famous Scottish team, Ecurie Ecosse who took Jaguar D-Types to consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans victories in 1956 and 1957.
The St Mary’s Trophy (held this year for 1950s saloon cars) provided two of the standout races of the weekend, with both Saturday’s ‘pro’ encounter and Sunday’s thrash for the owners/amateurs leaving the 60,000-strong crowd on their feet.
The blue riband RAC TT Celebration race – a one-hour spectacular for pre-1966 GT racers – also wowed the masses with a thundering contingent of AC Cobras taking the fight to a myriad of Jaguar E-Types, Ferrari 250 LMs and Sunbeam Lister Tigers (among others). We can’t wait to do it all again next year.