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The Guide goes to Goodwood Revival

By on 17 September 2013 in Cars

The Guide goes to Goodwood Revival
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There’s simply nothing on Earth like Goodwood Revival, the three-day festival that takes you back to the glory days of motor racing in the 1940s and ’50s.

This weekend we pulled on our best 1940s clobber, filled the hip-flask and sallied forth to Goodwood Circuit, the Sussex track that once saw the likes of Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, Jim Clark et al performing the kind of high-speed heroics that have long since slipped into history. Except that, for one weekend a year, they haven’t… 

Here’s our photo essay of the event. 

Racing

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The view from the pit lane stands. Goodwood Circuit, adapted from the perimeter track of a wartime airfield on the estate of Goodwood House, first hosted motor racing in 1948.

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Crowds watching RAC TT Celebration race, a one-hour recreation of an old endurance race, with two drivers per car.

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Car 27, an Aston Martin Project 212 driven by Simon Hadfield and David Clark, would eventually win in a nail-biting finish in the rain.

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Practically everyone attending Goodwood Revival dresses up in vintage kit. Doesn’t mean you can’t take the racing seriously…

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Participants in the RAC TT race included former F1 drivers Jean Alesi, Stefan Johansen and Derek Bell.

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The view from the pit lane

The view from the pit lane

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It's not just cars that race at  the Revival, with vintage motorbikes taking to the track as well

It’s not just cars that race at the Revival, vintage motorbikes take to the track as well

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Scenes

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Goodwood's just as much about dressing up as it is about cars

Goodwood’s just as much about looking the part as it is about cars

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The legendary car transporter of Scotland's Ecurie Ecosse racing team, with a 1960 T49 Monaco and a 1961 Austin Healey 'Sebring' Sprite on top.

The legendary car transporter of Scotland’s Ecurie Ecosse racing team, with a 1960 T49 Monaco and a 1961 Austin Healey ‘Sebring’ Sprite on top.IMG_3918The entire Ecurie Ecosse collection of seven cars (including four classic 1950s Jaguars) is being auctioned by Bonhams this December.IMG_3993IMG_3992

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In the paddock

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huge thank you to HR Owen and Rolls Royce, our hosts for the day who looked after the TPG team in fine style – particularly when the heavens opened and there was nothing for it but to repair to the hospitality tent for scones and fizz. We’re already planning our outfits for next year…

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The Guide goes to Goodwood Revival

A photo record of the greatest motor sports festival on Earth, of this or any other vintage

All photos © 2013 Prodigal Communications Ltd.

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