Last weekend saw thousands of people descended on the Goodwood motor circuit in West Sussex to celebrate the history of racing cars and motorcycles, most predominantly the era which is considered the ‘golden age’ of motor sport; the 1950s and 1960s. This three-day festival has been taking place each September since 1998 and has grown in popularity, with many attendees also dressing up in outfits from the relevant decades, which adds to the authenticity of the festival.
There are a number of vintage stalls which are erected for the purpose of the festival and, for visitors to the circuit, it really is as though you have taken a step back in time.
It is now one of the world’s most popular motor race meetings and with cars such as the Maserati 250F Formula One car and the Jaguar D-type Le Mans racer featuring, it is easy to see why. Some of the highlights from this year’s revival included:-
The aircraft models which feature at the festival are always worth witnessing and this year saw two Second World War Lancaster bombers take to the skies accompanied by a Spitfire escort, as well as featuring a display from aircraft from the 1950s such as the Canberra and Hunter.
The Earls Court Motor Show
Returning again this year, the Earls Court motor show has fast become a feature of the event, giving visitors the opportunity to see some of the rarest cars from the 1960s such as the De Tomaso Mangusta and the Triumph Stag Experimental Coupé.
The Special Jaguar D-Type Race
2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-Type and as a celebration, 23 took to the Goodwood circuit to race in the Lavant Cup.
This year the Goodwood Revival commemorated the bravery of the military during the Second World War in its largest parade to date. Over 100 period vehicles and 400 personnel dressed in period costume took part in a parade around the track. Around 20 D-Day veterans were also present and were honoured for their courage during the war.
Eight Le Mans Winners
Visitors to the festival were lucky enough to witness eight former Le Mans winners returning to action on the track. Drivers included Derek Ball, Henri Pescarol, Jackie Oliver and Richard Attwood.
Sir Jackie Stewart Tribute
Although when Sir Jackie Steward retired in 1973 he vowed never to race again, he still leads a parade on each day of the Revival, which includes cars such as the Cooper T72-BMC and this year, special tribute was paid to his career and the influence he has had over the racing world. The Goodwood Circuit played a pivotal role in his career and so it seemed only fitting that he should be celebrated in the very place which kick-started his racing days.
This event is now so popular that it sells out very quickly, and if your interest has been piqued and you want to attend this event in 2015, our advice would be to book your tickets as soon as they become available!