2016 Goodwood Revival – show report as well as also gallery
Source : 2016 Goodwood Revival – show report as well as also gallery
The Goodwood Revival took place over the weekend; watch repeat highlights of the running here
The Goodwood Revival returned to Sussex This particular weekend for three days of vintage racing. Autocar’s Steve Cropley was on hand to soak up the atmosphere – read his thoughts below. Scroll to the bottom to watch a repeat highlights video.
Well, the item started out fine as well as also ended fine, however the item was distinctly damp within the middle.
the item is actually often presumed which Lord Charles March, instigator as well as also backbone of the earth’s greatest classic racing festival for the past 18 years, has made a special arrangement with the gods of dry weather, however on Saturday This particular year the item was spectacularly suspended. For a while, the smell of wet tweed was everywhere as classically attired spectators sought shelter by the elements.
Not which the item mattered. The practice sessions on Friday as well as also the races on Saturday as well as also Sunday races were entirely unimpeded by the weather. As usual, the array of machinery was magnificent as well as also expensive, as well as also covered a huge variety of types, by buzzing pre-’62 front-engined Formula Juniors to the behemoths of the one-hour, two-driver RAC TT Celebration which provided the event’s climax on the sunny-again Sunday afternoon.
On speed as well as also noise, the item was hard to believe these were the same 50-year-old cars which I-was-there veterans associate with the greatest days of Goodwood’s first heyday, which ended in 1966. E-types as well as also Cobras were quickest as well as also most spectacular back then, as well as also This particular was also how the item was This particular year: a 1963 driven by Chris Ward as well as also saloon ace Gordon Shedden won the TT by two closely following Cobras — however only after a desperate lunge for the lead led to a spectacular circuit departure for another Cobra driven by Guido van der Garde.
Not even a three-day Goodwood meeting can cover all varieties of classic racing, however the organisers took a brave stab at the item, staging in races for Ferrari’s 250GTO as well as also rivals, the ERA single-seater as well as also rivals, the Lotus 23B sports prototype as well as also rivals, for Bristol-engined cars either side of the war, for pre-D-type sports cars, for Maserati 250F grand prix cars as well as also rivals, for the Ford GT40 as well as also rivals — as well as also even more. At the Revival, racing comes thick as well as also fast.
Goodwood’s enduring secret has always been to supply reassuring nostalgia in large doses, with fascinating dashes of variety to go with the item. This particular 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), as well as also parade to mark the 50th anniversary of the 3.0-litre grand prix formula which bred iconic cars like the Lotus 49 as well as also led to the modern aerodynamic era.
There was also a commemoration of England’s 1966 World Cup victory (the driver’s club entrance was configured like the player’s tunnel at old Wembley), as well as also even a parade of ’30s to ’60s speedway stock cars, most of them powered by the legendary “flathead” Ford V8.
Even the activities of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were different This particular year, the usual lead aircraft, a twin-engined Bristol Blenheim replacing the usual four-engined Avro Lancester bomber as lead aircraft, flanked variously by Spitfire, Hurricane as well as also Mustang fighters.
The much-loved St Mary’s Trophy was This particular year restricted to a 30-car field of “mechanically identical” Austin A35s, an idea which duly delivered the ultra-close racing promised, whether there were professional racing drivers (Saturday) or owners (Sunday) behind the wheel.
The tiny, bubble-shaped shaped Austins were closely packed as well as also surprisingly quick however there was no disguising the disappointment of some classic saloon racing fans who have become used to the St Mary’s Trophy’s last variety of makes, as well as also in particular its Galaxie-v-Mini spectaculars. Never mind, we all said. They’ll be back next year
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