The Goodwood Revival served up a trip down memory like no other this past weekend (September 8-10) as tens of thousands of spectators soaked up the scorching temperatures for the world-famous event in West Sussex.
Bringing together iconic competitors and glorious machines, the Revival – which is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the historic racing calendar – brought the curtain down on another entertaining year at the venue in style.
As has been the case for a number of years, the British Automobile Racing Club played its part in the three-day spectacle with many of its hugely admired officials and volunteers attending the event to fulfil a number of operational and marshalling roles.
Famous faces and machinery proved to be tucked around every corner and when it came to headline acts on-track, nobody could look beyond the St Marys Trophy presented by Motul, which was for saloon cars of the 1950s.
Producing jaw-dropping sideways shenanigans across two frenetic races, the spoils of victory ultimately fell the way of Romain Dumas and Fred Shephard for the second year in succession as they piloted their Ford Thunderbird to a brace of victories.
Another showpiece spectacle was the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy Celebration, which was centred around closed-cockpit GT and Prototypes between 1960-1964, and it was packed with drama in the shape of changeable weather conditions and two big crashes.
Three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx and William Paul survived what was a race of attrition to claim the coveted victory in a 1965 Jaguar E-type semi-lightweight.
Friday evening saw cars of the type that raced in the 1953 Goodwood 9 Hour take centre stage in the eagerly-anticipated one-hour Freddie March Memorial Trophy contest. After narrowly missing out on pole position in qualifying, the team of Richard Bradley and Richard Wilson guided their Maserati 250S to the win in commanding style.
The Glover Trophy, which is for 1.5-litre Grand Prix cars between 1961 and 1965, provided plenty of thrills as Andrew Willis and Ben Mitchell engaged in a ding-dong battle for overall spoils – with Willis ultimately coming out on top in his BRM P261 by less than half a second.
Sports prototype cars from the mid-1960s featured in the Whitsun Trophy and the glory years werewolf and truly alive as James Davison headed last year’s winner Oliver Bryant and Stuart Hall in a McLaren-Chevrolet M1B.
Bryant did end up standing on the top step of the podium – in the Sussex Trophy – whilst Horatio Fitz-Simon won the Chichester Cup and William Nuthall the Richmond & Gordon Trophies; Nuthall doing so for a second year on the bounce.
Elsewhere, Rob Hall claimed honours in the Lavant Cup presented by Sky Cinema in a Ferrari 250M whilst the Goodwood Trophy – which was for Grand Prix & Voiturette Cars of the 1930 and 1940s – went the way of Ian Baxter in an Alta 61 IS.
In celebration of the first-ever Le Mans 24-Hours, 1920s sportscars of the type that competed in the inaugural race starred in the Rudge-Whitworth Cup; with Ben Collings and Gareth Graham triumphing in a Bentley Speed Model.
Goodwood capped off a year of celebrating all things Porsche with the Fordwater Trophy, which was this time open to early Porsche 911s; former BTCC title winner Andrew Jordan and Matthew Holme proved too much for the opposition in the end.
It wasn’t just four-wheel machines that had those in attendance captivated as the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy showcased some jaw-dropping 1950s motorcycles.
Steve Plater and Glen English claimed victory in race one however a second place finish followed by a win in race two gave the team of Michael Rutter and Michael Russell overall victory on their 1961 Norton Manx 30M.
Concluding what was a momentous weekend was the Settringham Cup, which saw a total of 65 youngsters line up in Austin J40s for two feel-good dashes to the flag. On combined results, Luca Franchitti claimed outright honours after finishing third and fifth respectively.
To view the full classification of results from this year’s Goodwood Revival, CLICK HERE.