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Rolling Hills Revival………..

Now that you’ve finished admiring Dave Lister’s pictures from the Le Mans Classic it’s time to stow away the beret and dust off the cloth cap and tweeds in readiness for the Goodwood Revival Meeting.

Incredibly this will be the ninth running of the Earl of March’s time-warp event and it just gets better and better. The original back in 1998 was just breathtaking and we never thought they would manage to repeat it, but they have, year on year. Others have tried to mimic, copy ideas – and that’s very flattering for Goodwood – but none have managed to re-create so perfectly a particular moment in time. Lord March was formerly a professional photographer (he’d appreciate your work, Dave) and as such has a tremendous eye for detail. Fortunately the Goodwood circuit itself provides an excellent canvas; created post-war, racing ran from 1948 to 1966. Since then the basic infrastructure has remained the same, making it possible to keep the period look and feel. Most other circuits hosting such events have been in continuous use so have suffered various upgrades over time. There are currently some new paddock buildings under construction at Goodwood, being built in the Bauhaus style, but you can be sure that once completed they will be entirely in keeping.

Unlike so many historic events, Goodwood attracts not just the cars from a bygone era but the stars too. Sir Stirling Moss is a regular; you’d think he’d have misgivings about the place, having endured his career-ending accident here in 1962. But no, he returns year after year, even celebrating his 70th birthday. That was seven years ago but the indefatigable maestro shows no sign of letting-up although he tends to avoid two-driver races now as he says he’s not so nimble at driver changes! Another regular is Phil Hill and this year there will be a special tribute to mark the 45th anniversary of his World Championship. Some 25 cars associated with his career, ranging from MG TC to a re-creation Ferrari 156 ‘Sharknose’ will be demonstrated.

Many more recent stars have discovered Goodwood and have become devotees of the event. Emanuele Pirro and Gerhard Berger in particular have become firm favourites. They don’t just come to pose either. The one-hour, two-driver Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race is the centerpiece of the weekend and Pirro has spectacularly co-driven the winning Jaguar E-Type twice. Whether or not Audi’s Le Mans-winning superstar will be able to make the event this year is uncertain but others such as local ace Derek Bell, Richard Attwood, Jackie Oliver, Henri Pescarolo, Jochen Mass, Bobby Rahal and John Fitzpatrick will be. The cars are mouthwatering too. Just how do you pick from Ferrari 250 GTO or SWB, Shelby Cobra Daytona, Jaguar E-Type or Aston Martin Project?

There are sportscar races catering for other classes too. The Freddie March Memorial Trophy will this year cater for cars such as the Jaguar C-Type, Aston Martin DB3S and Maserati A6GCS that would have contested the Goodwood Nine Hours, whilst the Sussex Trophy is bound to be a cracker with a packed field of Lister Jaguar, D-Type’s etc. With the likes of Tiff Needell, Tony Dron, Peter Hardman and Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams on the grid, fireworks are assured. Bringing things comparatively up to date the Whitsun Trophy is always spectacular with a field of Ford GT40’s Lola T70’s and the like. One or two of the carefully tended hydrangeas a-top the chicane wall is sure to meet their demise during this one!

Saloon cars (they haven’t become touring cars yet!) have always been popular at Goodwood, both in their heyday and currently. The site of a Mini sliding frantically through the chicane in hot pursuit of a Jaguar or Galaxie is a vivid image and despite the fast flowing nature of the circuit a good tiddler can often come out on top. Rae Davis has become noted for giant-killing feats in recent years with a Mini and Austin A35.

Along with the RAC TT, the St Mary’s Trophy is the other major event of the weekend and is run as a two-part race staged on both Saturday and Sunday with an aggregate result. Again the star names are out and with this years’ race devoted to 1950’s machinery expect to see a packed field of A35’s and A40’s, Ford Zephyr’s, Jaguar’s and even an Austin A105 Westminster. Jack Sears won the very first British Saloon Car Championship (now BTCC) with one of those in 1958.
Single-seaters are an integral part of Goodwood too and there are races across the spectrum from Formula Junior (The Chichester Cup), the Richmond Trophy for Formula One cars dating from 1948-59 including such legends as Maserati 250F, BRM Type 25, Ferrari 21, 500 and 246 Dino and most stunning of all, the Lancia D50, hopefully to be driven by Jochen Mass. The Goodwood Trophy provides for immediate pre-war cars, many of course which provided the backbone of racing in the early years after hostilities ceased. Expect to see the likes of Alfa Romeo 308C and Tipo B, various Maseratis and ERA’s etc. The Glover Trophy meanwhile will see a field full of the diminutive cars from the 1.5-litre era.

With the circuit opening in 1948, Goodwood effectively took-up where Brooklands left off and there are many associations so it is fitting that Goodwood makes space for the Brooklands Trophy, an event for the Bentley Specials, Delage’s, Riley’s and the like that had thundered round the Brooklands bankings before the war brought such activities to an end.

Of course there is so much more to Goodwood than just the racing. No post-’66 vehicles are allowed within the confines of the circuit during the weekend, so the paddock becomes a haven for period transporter-spotters whilst period dress is actively encouraged. Indeed jacket and tie are a prerequisite for paddock entry. Might sound a bit of a pain but it all adds to a sense of occasion and after all, isn’t nice to be able to forget the modern world for a few hours?

We’ve already mentioned the tribute to Phil Hill; there will be one more very important tribute over the weekend. Not to a driver or a designer, but in memory of Ray Hanna who passed away shortly after the 2005 Revival. A former leader of the Red Arrows, Ray went on to form the Old Flying Machine Company, becoming famous for his stunning flying displays in Spitfires. Many of his performances would have given Health & Safety geeks the heeby-geebies but his stunts defy description. He will be sadly missed but certainly not forgotten. You can be sure Ray will be up there somewhere looking down on us.

So, if that whets your appetite, start making plans now. Goodwood operates an advanced ticket-only system so get booking. The event takes place over the weekend 1-3 September and such is Lord March’s attention to detail that he even manages to lay-on splendid weather – why, for the Media Day last week we got the hottest day of the year!

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