A glorious Goodwood Revival 2012


This year's Goodwood Revival will go down in the history books as one of the greats.

Over the course of three days, a total of 146,000 people descended on the West Sussex event and were privy to an awe-inspiring collection of some of the world's most famous and expensive cars.

It'll be remembered the most, though, for this: More than £600m worth of machinery stretched their legs on the hallowed 2.4-mile track – and that's just a conservative estimate.

Representing half of that £600m were 15 Ferrari 250 GTOs, while notching up a cool £100m was the collection of Silver Arrows – the 1930s Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz single-seater racing cars.

Not seen together on the same piece of track since the late 1930s, the Silver Arrows made a triumphant return to British soil with daily track parades. When resting, the cars were housed in their own distinctive paddock, constructed specifically for the Revival, and accurately recreating the paddock shelters of the Bremgarten circuit home to the Swiss Grand Prix in the 1930s.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Goodwood Nine Hours endurance race, this year's Revival saw the Freddie March Memorial Trophy motor on into the twilight hours. With headlamps ablaze, the cars drove onto 7.45pm on the Friday night sealing Jaguar Heritage's C-Type a triumphant win.

It wasn't just the adults who competed, though, as little ones got their own race at this year's Revival. The Settrington Cup was made up of a field of Austin J40 pedal cars and saw some close action in a special two-part race.

But the Revival was not all about the racing. Away from the track the atmosphere flicked back to the past as spectators enjoyed an old-fashioned High Street – with a fully- functioning 1960s Tesco supermarket, and Kenwood, De Longhi, Bates Hats and Biba shops – a Victory street party and a vintage fun fair.

The event was a sell-out and you can expect next year's to be even better. In the meantime, make sure you watch coverage of this year's Revival on Thursday September 27, at 8pm on ITV4.

Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival