The English know how to make the most of this love of ours for the cars of bygone eras, and the best example is the Goodwood Revival that has been held at the end of the summer for many years now. This event has reached such a magnitude that it can be considered one of the three or four that no true fan should miss, at least once in their life.
And it is not about simple races for classics, if not that everything in this meeting has a very special character. To begin with, if we want to access the main paddock, even as mere spectators, it is not enough to buy the ticket; You have to be appropriately dressed "from the period", it doesn't matter which one, but with current clothes you can't access what is the heart of the festival.
Then the whole room seems taken from bygone times. The adjoining parking lot - of several hectares - is full of old cars of all kinds and conditions, and we can find from a current Morris Minor to a whole Alfa-Romeo 6C 1750 from the 30s, just like that.
As soon as we enter we see that the tents also look old, and there is even a small amusement park set up for the little ones… with vintage attractions! Not a single detail fails, he had even set up a fictional press room with typewriters and props from more than 50 years ago.
Focusing on the main thing - the races - it is also highly recommended to go to the “paddock”, where mechanics dressed in old-fashioned overalls strive to tune up and repair the cars for the competition. This is often a good chance to get a glimpse of his “guts” and hear up-close to many exclusive cars that would be impossible to “get close” to at an event other than Goodwood.
It's not easy to see piloting legends in person either. like Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart or John Surtees, who also usually make the reconnaissance lap prior to each race on the back of a renowned mount.
And it is that everything or almost everything at Goodwood is taken care of in detail. You just have to see the Aston Martin DB6 from the 60s that served as a “safety car”, conveniently equipped with safety lights and other equipment, and ready to hit the track in the event of any incident.
Regarding the competition, this year there have been no less than 14 different categories, which we will describe:
Rear-engine sport-prototypes from the 60s. A beautiful Ford GT 40 cabriolet in an almost military green stood out among all the Elva, Lola, BRM or Lotus trays, many of them powered by Ford Cosworth and Chevrolet engines. The overall winner was a 1 Mclaren-Chevrolet M1965B.
Sport-front engine prototypes of the 50s and 60s. of the famous trays that so stratospheric monetary figures they are getting in the auctions lately ... although not for that reason their drivers "raised their feet" when fighting at the controls of jewels such as the Maserati Birdcage, Jaguar-Lister, Ferrari 860 Monza or Aston Martin DBR. First place here went to a 1959 Lister-Jaguar Knobbly.
St. Mary's trophy
A curious category that brings together sedans from the 50s and 60s, vehicles that were conceived without any sporting pretense but that were used for racing in their time, sometimes with good results. It is striking that the preparations are always respectful and are carried out according to what it should have been in the 50s, without any modernizing element at least in terms of external appearance. The win went to a 1959 Jaguar MKI.
As its name suggests, this category is reserved for Ford mechanics from the 60s with Shelby preparations, and the participants were Ford Mustang coupe of the first series and the most spectacular Ford Falcon or Mercury Comet. The overall winner was a 1965 Ford Falcon.
Front-engine F1 single-seaters from the 50s. There were gems like the different Maserati, BRM, Banwall or Lancia-Ferrari that were thoroughly squeezed, ignoring their high monetary value, although thanks to this they delighted the lucky and numerous public. First place went to a 16 Lotus-Climax 1958.
One of the most spectacular tests, as it brought together the coveted GTs of the 50s and 60s such as Ferraris 250 GT and GTO, Bizarrini 5300 GT or Aston Martin DP214. And yes, out of the showcases. The disputed triumph was taken by a 1953 AC Cobra.
No less than 32 different Jaguar D-Types They competed in this category, in what was probably the largest meeting of this model achieved to date. Among all of them, the only one painted in light color, specifically gray, which also carried a clearly visible Spanish flag, stood out. And this was so because it was the unit that the Spanish pilots Joaquín Palacios and Rodolfo Bay once drove.
Single-seaters from the 30s, the equivalent of F1 when it did not yet exist. In England in this category the rabid British-made ERAs always triumph, which usually also surpass the other brands in the number of units present. Here a 3 R1934A won ahead of such fearsome machines as several Bugatti, Alfa-Romeo, Maserati or Frazer Nash. And of course, running - and spinning - seriously.
F1 single seaters from the 60s, one of the first to return to the rear engine, a configuration that has lasted to this day. The Ferrari and Lotus stood out that swept their day, and indeed the victory was for a 25 Lotus-Climax 1962.
Freddie March Memorial
Front-engine trailers from the 50s, also highly valued for money. Among several Maserati, Aston Martin or Austin-Healey less common cars such as the American Cunningham or a German Veritas with a BMW engine slipped. First place went to a 12 Lagonda V1954.
This class was reserved for track-ready series production GT cars. We could see "typical" MG B or Porsche 911 mixed with strange British Peerless or Ginetta. In this class was the only Spanish participant, Carlos de Miguel with his Ferrari 275 / GTB C registered in Lugo. A current 4 Triumph TR1962 won here.
F2 single-seaters from the 60s, with a rear engine, all of them of British manufacture and equipped with Ford engines. The victory corresponded to a 1962 Brabham-Ford BT.
Barry Sheen Memorial
Although motorcycles are a minority at the Goodwood Revival, there was room for British motorbike racing in the 50s. The winner was a 1950 Vincent Rapide ahead of several Nortons and BSAs.
More as an exhibition than as a competition proper, a race with no less than 16 different units of the legendary Maserati 250 F car was organized to commemorate 60 years of its appearance.
Bordering on perfection
Apart from the “racing” atmosphere, at this year's Goodwood Revival there was also space for a “military parade” with a large number of World War II vehicles in which even true veterans of the conflict participated.
Or the big Bonhams auction in which 106 cars were sold, among which the remaining part of the Maranello Rosso Collection, composed of 10 Ferrari and 10 Abarth, with which Bohhams managed to add 3.510.190 pounds.
And in addition to all this was the Goodwood Motorshow, a true indoor show where clubs and "official" brands were exhibited, almost too much material to be able to see and enjoy everything with the attention it deserves. An event that year after year surprises and borders on perfection… and this year the weather was good!
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