From 1948 until its closure in 1966 the former RAF Westhampnett at the base of the Sussex Downs was a prominent venue in global motorsport. Opened as Goodwood by the current Earl of March’s grandfather, its wartime contribution and that of its entrants and competitors is celebrated annually at the Revival.
Now in its fifteenth year, the meeting combines cars, planes, fashion and culture with some of the globe’s best historic racing and a Bonhams auction and with 146,000 attendees over the 3 days, many in ‘40’s/’50’s/’60’s dress, it was undoubtedly a weekend to remember. The on-track activity has received widespread coverage elsewhere, here were my personal highlights:
Seventy five years after Auto Union and Mercedes Benz raced against each other at the 1937 British Grand Prix, Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre and Audi Tradition celebrated this significant anniversary by presenting a re-enactment of the Donington Park grid - five cars from each manufacturer, which were garaged in a specially constructed area of the paddock. "The Silver Arrows" from Audi were a type A, a type C and three D Types, shared by Jacky Ickx, Frank Biela, Nick Mason, Harald Demuth and Phillipe D'Ieteren ……and from Mercedes a W25, W125, two W154s (one from the Miles Collier collection) and the unique W165, demonstrated by Sir Jackie Stewart, Paul Stewart, Bernd Schneider, Jochen Mass, Karl Wendlinger and Rob Hall. The sight, sound and smell (methanol and toluene!) of these legendary racers, supported by cars which competed against them at the Derbyshire circuit were undoubtedly this year's highlight.
I visited the adjacent pre-1966 car park often during the weekend - the diverse display of more than 1000 collectors cars was undoubtedly worth the trip alone; evident from a German registered Horch and BMW 507, three Italian registered Ferraris, a Danish plated Maserati Sebring and a Swiss registered, Bertone bodied, left-hand-drive Jaguar XK150.
Attracting much attention in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation display was the US military liveried, 1944 Consolidated PBY 5A Catalina "Miss Pick-up", a 1945 Douglas DC3 Dakota nicknamed "I'm here now" and my favourite, the Duxford UK based, 1951 T28a Fennec, "Little Rascal".
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