For those of you who haven’t heard of Goodwood Racecourse, it’s a tiny circuit imbedded in the rolling green hills of the West Sussex countryside, south England.
It is for sure one of the oldest race circuits still in active duty and on a few days each year it hosts 2 of the most spectacular motorsport events you can witness today.
The now globally famous Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. As the Revival is (as its name suggests) a trip back to the golden age of motorsport in the 1940-1960’s. Visitors are encouraged to dress in period attire, so the wife and myself headed down to the local charity shops to purchase hats, braces, jackets and (for Louise) mini skirt dresses.
The event itself is a true time travelling experience as everything you can see, smell, eat and watch is from 1950. The marshals are dressed in white, the fire trucks are ancient – even down to having straw bales for safety on the track! There is a constant air display of Spitfires, Lancaster bombers, P51 Mustangs, Biplanes . You can only buy 1950’s food like hot dogs and hamburgers, no chicken tikka! – it goes on and on and on.
The Spitfire, still the best looking/sounding aircraft mankind has ever designed – NO QUESTION! The supercharged V12 Rolls Royce Merlin propelling the old warbird to near 700 mph……in 1945!
The Napier Railton used an aircraft engine that produced 500 bhp from some 24 litres to take the land speed record in 1933 at 168 mph.
The Ginetta G20 at full race pace (yes the Ginetta name really is that old!)
The V12 “Shark Nose” Ferrari snarling on the overrun into the chicane.
Ex British superbike champ Jamie Whitham takes 3rd in the bike racing.
Alongside a 1940 something Matchless ridden to victory by ex GP star Wayne Rainey.
The ladies of the day looked lovley sipping champagne and eating smoked salmon sanwhiches in the afternoon sunshine.
The Mk1 Mini is still an awesome piece of kit to watch in action…especially when there are 30 of em oversteering through the corners!!
Cool dudes just hangin in a C1.
So next time you are booking a trip to the UK, make sure you time it right and head down south for the Revival….Oh and make your best 60′s clobber.