2016 Goodwood Revival show report + video
Source : 2016 Goodwood Revival show report + video
The Goodwood Revival took place over the weekend; we summarise This kind of year’s event
The Goodwood Revival returned to Sussex This kind of weekend for three days of vintage racing; Steve Cropley summarises This kind of year’s event.
Well, This kind of started out fine along with ended fine, although This kind of was distinctly damp inside the middle.
This kind of can be often presumed in which Lord Charles March, instigator along with backbone of the planet’s greatest classic racing festival for the past 18 years, has made a special arrangement with the gods of dry weather, although on Saturday This kind of year This kind of was spectacularly suspended. For a while, the smell of wet tweed was everywhere as classically attired spectators sought shelter by the elements.
Not in which This kind of mattered. The practice sessions on Friday along with the races on Saturday along with Sunday races were entirely unimpeded by the weather. As usual, the array of machinery was magnificent along with expensive, along with 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 in which provided the event’s climax on the sunny-again Sunday afternoon.
On speed along with noise, This kind of was hard to believe these were the same 50-year-old cars in which I-was-there veterans associate with the greatest days of Goodwood’s first heyday, which ended in 1966. E-types along with Cobras were quickest along with most spectacular back then, along with This kind of was also how This kind of was This kind of year: a 1963 driven by Chris Ward along with saloon ace Gordon Shedden won the TT by two closely following Cobras — although 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, although the organisers took a brave stab at This kind of, staging in races for Ferrari’s 250GTO along with rivals, the ERA single-seater along with rivals, the Lotus 23B sports prototype along with rivals, for Bristol-engined cars either side of the war, for pre-D-type sports cars, for Maserati 250F grand prix cars along with rivals, for the Ford GT40 along with rivals — along with even more. At the Revival, racing comes thick along with fast.
Goodwood’s enduring secret has always been to supply reassuring nostalgia in large doses, with fascinating dashes of variety to go with This kind of. This kind of 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), along with parade to mark the 50th anniversary of the 3.0-litre grand prix formula in which bred iconic cars like the Lotus 49 along with 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), along with 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 kind of 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 along with Mustang fighters.
The much-loved St Mary’s Trophy was This kind of year restricted to a 30-car field of “mechanically identical” Austin A35s, an idea in 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 along with surprisingly quick although 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, along with in particular its Galaxie-v-Mini spectaculars. Never mind, we all said. They’ll be back next year
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