Goodwood Revival 2018 – Review and Gallery

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By Liam Bird

“Give me Goodwood on a summer’s day…” once said gentleman racer Roy Salvadori, “And you can keep the rest.” And, as the sun peaked through the clouds on a Sunday morning in September, it’s so very hard not to agree.

The Goodwood Revival is an event like no other – and it’s become an event not to be missed. Part celebration, part recreation, it is by-far the finest historic motor-racing event the world has to offer.

For one long early-autumn weekend (The Revival runs from a Friday to a Sunday) racing drivers young-and-old, their wives, girlfriends and families, their mechanics, the Goodwood staff – ticket sellers, track marshals, catering crews – the exhibitors, the booksellers, the members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club and the associated Fellowship, and of course the general public who show-up in their thousands (and more than likely in their classic cars) don their best period dress and flock to this otherwise quiet corner of West Sussex, which itself has been dressed to look exactly like it once did. Where a pair of jeans, a hoodie, and your trainers and you’ll stick out like a sore thumb!

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“Level of detail”

The reason is simple: Goodwood, the airfield circuit that was once known as RAF Westhampnett and hosted Spitfires during World War two, once decommissioned, also hosted some of the finest motor races and the finest drivers; Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney… they’ve all raced at Goodwood, between the years of 1948 and 1966. Now in its 20th year, the Goodwood Revival recreates that era in the most amazing detail, and everyone who attends plays their own part.

NAAFI wagons serve tea, teenagers dance the Lindy Hop or wobble around the roller-rink, beautiful classic and historic racing cars fill the paddocks, and Mods and Rockers gather on opposite sides of the High Street. Honestly, the level of detail that The Duke of Richmond (Goodwood’s Willy Wonka-esque owner) and his dedicated team go to is breath-taking.

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“Kudos for car and driver”

And so too is the racing. If you thought that it was just going to be a case of cherished cars doing processional demonstration laps so as not to over-rev their delicate engines or damage their hand-polished paint-jobs then think again. Sure, multi-million pound grids consisting of Ferraris, Aston Martins, AC Cobras, and Jaguars type C, D and E do gather, but when the flag drops the competition and the desire to win is every bit as real as it always was. Tyres squeal, exhausts roar, panels get bent and crashes happen. A win at Goodwood still carries kudos for both car and driver alike. And besides, that near priceless Ferrari 250 SWB can always be rebuilt again for next year.

Ah yes, next year… That’ll be The Goodwood Revival’s 21st birthday. We’re counting the days already.

See below for a full gallery of Goodwood Revival 2018
All photos: Rebecca Thomas and Liam Bird

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