Sell-out crowds ensure Goodwood Revival is a success
From its beginnings in 1998, the Goodwood Revival has grown into the world's biggest and most authentic celebration of historic motor racing.
This year was no exception with the sellout crowd also treated to commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain climaxing with a stunning flypast by a Lancaster bomber flanked by two spitfires. Pilots who had been stationed at Goodwood during the war were also in attendance, mixing with the huge number of motor racing stars old and new.
Racing achievements that drew special attention included a tribute to F1 constructor BRM and also John Surtees, who remains the only man to have won both world championships on two wheels and four. Meanwhile, Stirling Moss, who turned 81 on the Friday of the three-day event, celebrated the next day by racing in the Madgwick Cup, which was won by the Lotus 15 pairing of Neil Twyman and Roger Wills.
Other racing legends donning their overalls included former F1 driver and 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood, who showed he'd lost none of his sharpness by winning the Glover Trophy for pre-1964 cars and eight-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen who won Saturday's St Mary's Trophy aboard an Austin A95 Westminster. Martin Brundle was second at one point in that race until a puncture ruined the ex-F1 man's afternoon.
Kristensen was also involved in a fascinating battle in the one-hour Sussex Trophy for production sportscars from the 1950s and '60s. Driving a Ferrari 246S Dino, the Dane provided a thrilling finale to the weekend, duelling with the Aston Martin DBR1 of Bobby Verdon-Roe and and the Lister-Jaguar of Gary Pearson, behind runaway winner Jamie MacIntyre in his wonderfully-monickered Lister-Chevy 'Knobbly'.
Away from the circuit action and visitors, thousands of whom were dressed in period clothing, were treated to an array of classic cars and racing machinery, an extended street scene that included a 'Tesco' store from the '60s with modern-day goods in period packaging and a display of Grand Touring greats in the Earls Court Motor Show recreation.
For those in the buying mood, the Bonhams auction was the place to be on the festival's opening day with sales totalling £3,707,687. Top billing went to a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible; one of only nine produced, the example sold for a cool £551,500. Other highlights included a 1937 Bentley Drophead Coupe (£221,500) and a 1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe (£186,300).