Goodwood Revival 2018 roars

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Goodwood's 20th anniversary of the revival was a roaring success

A sell-out crowd of 146,000 attended the three-day event to rub shoulders with celebrities and motorsport royalty at the Chichester, West Sussex, venue. Together they watched some 400 cars and motorcycles compete in 15 races involving machinery from five continents.

Two thousand five hundred hula-hoops, 500 yo-yos and 500 Slinkies were given away to guests, while the Goodwood Farm made 16,500 burgers and 20,000 sausages for the race weekend.

Friday evening saw the start of racing, and it was Emanuele Pirro and Niklas Halusa who won the Kinrara Trophy in the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’. It was perhaps one of the most photogenic races ever staged, with a glorious sunset bathing the cars as they raced down the Lavant Straight.


Opening the proceedings on Saturday, Darren Turner took his first ever win at the Revival, in the Fordwater Trophy, at the wheel of the works 1950 Aston Martin DB2. Sam Tordoff took second place in his 1953 Porsche 356 despite bogging down on the line and entering the first corner at the back of the pack and Calum Lockie took out the Goodwood trophy at the wheel of a 1938 Maserati 6CM.

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In the inaugural Jack Sears Memorial Trophy it was the Jaguar Mk1 that proved to be the car to beat, with three of them on the podium, the winning driver, being John Young in a 1958 Jaguar Mk1.

goodwood-2018-4.jpgMilitary aircraft from the 40s, 50s and 60s put on magnificent displays

The St Mary’s touring car race was a torrid affair with a gaggle of Lotus Cortinas and Mini Cooper Ss battling with huge Galaxies, Barracudas and a lone Studebaker Lark Daytona. The American iron had the power on the straights while the more nimble Cortinas and Minis would round them up under brakes and through corners. After a frenetic six-way battle Andy Priaulx emerged with a win, but only after fellow former World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff was penalised for jumping the start.

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goodwood-2018-3.jpgThe Ferrari Breadvan of Emanuele Pirro battles with an E-Type Jaguar in the Kinara Trophy race

The ground shaking 1960s sports cars took part in the Whitsun Trophy race with the Lola T70 of Mike Whitaker proving victorious at his third attempt.

The Freddie March Memorial Trophy, was Saturday’s last race and won by Martin Hunt in a 1954 HWM-Jaguar.

goodwood-2018-6g.jpgBeautifully restored F1 and F2 cars cut dashing figures out on the famous circuit

A grid full of old F1 and F2 cars lined up for the Chichester Cup with Andrew Hibberd taking the win in a 1962 Lotus-Ford 22, Nicholas Padmore claiming the Richmond Trophy in a 1958 Lotus-Climax 16, but the overall race winner awarded the Gordon Trophy was William Nuthall in a 1960 Cooper-Climax T53 ‘lowline’.

goodwood-2018-8.jpgA lone Mercury Comet leading the touring car field

The touring cars turned it on for the huge crowd on Sunday with leading Cortina driver Pete Chambers escaping unhurt from a huge crash that saw his car destroyed after rolling six times. Once again it was a mix of Minis, Cortinas, Jags, and American iron that drifted and raced their way around the undulating track to the crowd's delight. The aggregate result taken from both St Mary’s Trophy races saw Andy Priaulx and Steve Soper win in the latter’s 1963 Ford-Lotus Cortina Mk1.

Father-and-son pairing David and Oliver Hart were triumphant in the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration in their 1963 AC Cobra. With the penultimate race winner, Joe Colasacco in the Glover Trophy, driving a 1965 Ferrari 1512.

goodwood-2018.jpgIt could so easily be 1964 with a pair of Lotus Cortinas battling

Bringing the racing to a close, and victorious in the Sussex Trophy, was Phil Keen's drive in a 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’. In an amazing comeback effort, Keen started from pitlane and charged to victory 25 minutes later, causing his team manager to shed a tear.

At the event’s prize giving, the Duke of Richmond presented several awards to the best and fastest drivers and riders of the weekend. The fastest lap on two wheels was given to Australian Troy Corser on the 1929 BMW R57 Compressor for a 1min 32.927 lap. However, the fastest lap of the weekend went to Karun Chandhok in a 1964 McLaren-Chevrolet M1A for a 1m 20.238.

goodwood-2018-15.jpgGoodwood grid girls looked splendid in their colourful 1960s gear

The Rolex 'Driver of the Meeting' award was presented to Darren Turner for winning the Fordwater Trophy, coming second in the Whitsun Trophy and having a great drive in the TT. Three very competitive races in three very different cars.


One of the most keenly contested races at the Goodwood Revival is the Settrington Cup for junior drivers in Austin J40 pedal cars.


The Austin Junior Car factory opened in 1949, paid for by government funds and run on a not-for-profit basis for the employment of 250 disabled coal miners. Production began in 1950 and they were made from metal off-cuts from the Longbridge Austin factory.

The J40 features a dummy OHV "engine" with spark plugs and leads, working headlights and horn, detachable wheels with Dunlop pneumatic tyres, real-life fascia panel and leather seating. It has an opening bonnet, boot and chrome bumpers, hubcaps, grille and boot handle.

The J40 sold for 33 pounds equating to 2-3 weeks wages for the average working man. Production totalled 32,098 and ceased in September 1971.



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