Featured: Goodwood Revival is an Event Like No Other

Goodwood Revival is an Event Like No Other

By Petrolicious Productions
September 19, 2014
17 comments

Story and photography by Peter Aylward

An event like no other anywhere in the world, the Goodwood Revival is a celebration of 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s vintage lifestyle with sixteen grids of historic racers taking centre stage.

The circuit, which remains largely unchanged, is the perfect setting for such a spectacle. Full of period features, such as the original pit lane with race tower, white picket fences lining the paddocks, and within the circuit a replica of the original Art Deco Earls Court exhibition hall, which hosts the London motor-show. All these buildings are adorned with typography and logos of automotive brands, parts suppliers and oil companies from the era. A mockup of a Tesco’s store full of products and packaging from the past sits in the main retail area.

Being such a unique event, the Revival draws top drivers and big name stars to the circuit. This year was no exception as drivers included Messrs. Max Chilton, Jason Plato, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd’s drummer). Other notable racers in attendance included Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, and the equally great Mr. John Surtees.

The Royal Automobile Club TT celebration raced on Saturday and Sunday drawing the biggest crowds as Ferrari 250 GTOs, AC Cobras, Aston Martin DB4 GTs, and Jaguar E-Types thrashed it out. It was quite the spectacle to see a grid of over £150million worth of machines in the hands of some very serious drivers hell bent on taking a podium.

This years event was a celebration of sixty years of the Jaguar D-Type and Maserati 250F. A recreation of the Monza Pit Lane housed the stunning Maserati 250Fs, which completed several high speed demonstrations over the weekend.

It’s the spirit of the staff and spectators that makes the event so special, and if you don’t dress up you’re in the minority. It really is a time warp. To all those that don a tie and some tweed in what turned out to be blistering heat. I doff my hat to you, you looked fantastic!

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Honda City
Honda City
4 years ago

SO great your post – Other notable racers in attendance included Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, and the equally great Mr. John Surtees… http://www.hondaotophuocthanh.vn/honda-city/

Neoblue
Neoblue
8 years ago

it smell’s like Laurent Nivalle, it looks like Laurent Nivalle, but it dont taste as Laurent Nivalle and it’s not. So sad.

Brompty
Brompty
8 years ago

Good grief this seems to have attracted some of the very people I joined Petrolicious to avoid.
I went for the first time this year with my youngest daughter. My only criticism of the whole day is that there is too much to see. If you are put off by the cost (it was free for my little girl) then just go to the venue: there is almost as much outside than there is inside and an enormous screen to watch the racing.

Be under no illusion: the Revival is great, so get along next year and certainly don’t be put off by the comments above. Apart from anything else, they are not going to be there.

B Bop
B Bop
8 years ago

With regards to replying to TJ Martins crass and ill informed comments, I believe a quote by Sir Winston Churchill is appropriate, … “never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man”

andy craig
andy craig
8 years ago
Reply to  B Bop

Having been to the Revival as well as a number of contemporary and historic events around the world, it’s so tragic to read some of these ill-informed comments. Sounds like some people just have a grudge against something and then disguise it with a slanted critique. In this year’s St Mary’s Trophy race there were TEN current or former touring car champions, and some here are trying to make out that these are landed gentry pottering around the track? Please… So tragically wrong.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

One of the best things about the event is that it doesn’t attract the likes of TJ Martin.

Mike Groom
8 years ago

I’ts a hugely enjoyable event. With much more than cars and motorcycles. I particularly like the action shots here albeit processed with the usual preset and the wide shot of the final corner is somewhat spoilt by the grandstand pillar to the right edge.

TJ Martin
TJ Martin
8 years ago

I dunno ! Like I’ve said before all these UK events have gotten to the point of leaving me cold . And when it comes to Historic .. quote .. unquote … ” Racing ” [ and I use that term very loosely in relation to all these so called Historic ‘ Races ‘ ] Well … like Reality TV … they’re anything but . Racing , Historic or Real . More like a bunch of spoiled billionaires and their overpaid ex celebrity driver minions ‘ play acting ‘ behind the wheel posturing/posing at ‘ Racing ‘ while trying in vain to relive a past thats long since gone and will never come back again regardless of the money spent in order to try and make it happen .

Then … factor in the reality that in the UK/EU ‘ Historic ‘ race cars … are anything but ‘ Historic ‘ …. being more Resto Mods rather than anything even vaguely resembling … ‘ Historic ‘ ….

…..And you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for ” Historic Racing Theater ”

Not to be confused with anything actually ‘ Historic ‘ .. ‘ Real ‘ or ‘ Racing ‘

And people wonder why it is todays ‘ Hipster’s ‘ are such a confused and irrelevant pastiche of the past . Blame it at least partially on events like this and the people that promote/partake in them .. in my opinion

DZ Anthony
DZ Anthony
8 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

So much hate in one post. Most of the cars present would be locked away and only enjoyed by a small group of owners (and their associates) if it were not for events like this. These “spoiled billionaires” don’t have to bring their cars, but I am thankful that they do.

DXMOORE
DXMOORE
8 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

Guest (TJ Martin), you seem to have spelt ‘theatre’ incorrectly.

Bryaan
Bryaan
8 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

You’re an idiot.

Alan van Bergen
Alan van Bergen
8 years ago
Reply to  Bryaan

He is entitled to his own opinion, as are you. But you don’t have to insult him if you disagree with his opinion.

Jonny Shears
Jonny Shears
8 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

As some one who races in historic events in the UK (and on a shoe string budget) You could not be more in stating that UK cars are hotrods. To race in historic events in the UK the car must comply with FIA regulations for the period the car was built in which is far more strict and enforced then the rules of the SCCA and other racing events in the USA. The cars are almost standard other then period modification that where documented and homologated by the FIA in period. These FIA papers document every inch of the car inside and out, it is a long process to have the car checked then approved for the papers and then before every race it is again checked to make sure it is legal. As you can see by the images below you can clearly see how standard the FIA car looks compared to those that race with the SCCA.

Also the FIA does not allow for period modifications made to cars that raced in the USA due to the more relaxed rules. We’ve found this problem out the long and hard way trying to get a 1960s Morgan approved with the FIA fitted with a limited Slip differential as they were raced with them in the USA in the 1960s but not in Europe.

SCCA
http://www.britishracecar.com/DerekChima-MG-Midget/DerekChima-MG-Midget-BB.jpg

FIA
http://www.jacobsmidget.com/images/DMorys003L.jpg

Evan Bedford
Evan Bedford
8 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

I just started watching an old Jackie Chan movie (Drunken Master). Phoney as a 3 dollar bill, but tremendously exciting to watch, and I think I may even keep it on the PVR. Maybe Goodwood is a bit like that.

evan bedford
8 years ago
Reply to  Evan Bedford

I should have prefaced this comment by saying that Goodwood is WAY up on my bucket list. The only thing that comes higher is the Isle of Man TT (classic, no less). I now regret using the word “phoney” (probably spelled it wrong anyways).

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
8 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

Try telling the family and friends of all the historic racing drivers (UK and elsewhere) that have died in the pursuit of there passion, I bet to them it is very real.

B Bop
B Bop
8 years ago

Watched all three days live on my computer in HD. Classic racing bliss ! Also, the wonderful and informative commentary, almost like a cricket match, calm and collected. Certainly the next best thing to being there. For those that might be interested, all three days are up on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8rador8CU-pTJ6p7WNiv6w