Unique Cars’ Goodwood Revival Cheat Sheet

By: Scott Murray

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The 2015 Goodwood Revival is on this weekend and we’ve scribbled down a quick cheat sheet to the UK motoring extravaganza if you can’t be strapped to the computer all weekend to watch the live coverage.

Aussie Campaigners

We brought you their preparation story in issue #379, as John Bowe and Joe Calleja prepared their weapon of choice, the Corvette Sting Ray, for battle on foreign shores. The bright red C2, car #44 in garage #91, will compete for the RAC TT Celebration trophy against some top-notch nostalgia racers on Sunday.

We’re talking Jag E-Types (seven of them in fact, including a lightweight ‘lowdrag’ variant), three DB4GT Aston Martins and a rare Project 212 model, eight AC Cobras, a few Ferrari 250s and a Maserati Tipo to boot. No small task ahead of our boys, but as long as they beat the other Corvette we’ll be happy. Don’t miss it! Aussie aussie aussie…

Right, You Are!

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This weekend’s Goodwood Revival is the UK debut of the new Ford Mustang in, you guessed it, right-hand drive. The Poms will get their first look at the world’s favourite muscle car and blimey, it’s the first time it’s officially available from UK Ford dealers with the tiller on the correct side of the car.

They’ll get the 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-pot with 230kW, or the 307kW five-litre Coyote V8, and the debuting car will sit under the ‘concept’ banner alongside the Mondeo Vignale Hybrid and Zodiac under a ‘contemporary’ banner at the Earl’s Court exhibition, given that the Revival specifies pre-1966 cars.

Out Paced

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It’s not very often the ‘Pace Car’ in a motor race is actually faster than the field behind it. Well this year’s Revival will put a little smile on your face when a genuine 1969 Ford GT40 holds back the packs of pre-1966 race cars.

It’s one of the few exclusions to the pre-’66 rule, and will dwarf most of the entrants list and will look alien against the Sussex Trophy cars from the 1955-1960 World Championship sports car categories. With their swooping shut lines and curvy wheelarches with tiny windscreens and big thin wooden steering wheels, it’ll be a sight to behold.

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Watch out too for some super-rare metal in the Sussex Trophy too, such as the Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’, the Aston Martin DBR1 and 2, a Tojeiro-Jaguar and Ferrari 246S Dino. Gorgeous.

Land Rover Rev-up

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The Land Rover Defender, an icon of the off-roading fraternity, will be celebrated at the Revival with a hand-picked selection of these trusty machines built between 1948 and 1966 parading around the Goodwood circuit.

Nearly 60 cars will tilt, rumble and chug around, and a gaggle of weird-and-wonderful variations of Land Rover Series Is will be on show. From fire engines and ambulances to army conversions, snow blowers and tow vehicles.

McLaren Immortalised

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It’s one of the motoring world’s favourite names, both given and surname. Bruce McLaren, genius, pioneer and proud Kiwi, will have his life achievements celebrated at this year’s Revival. Killed at just 32 years of age, McLaren’s legacy is still as loud and vibrant as the demonstration of some of his most famous cars will show.

From Can-Am wedges and Le Mans racers to road cars, the moving tribute, will certainly be moving! McLaren’s first racing victory was at just 16 in a local hillclimb in a 1929 Austin Seven Ulster, and died with the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hour and 1967 Sebring 12 Hour wins in a Ford GT40, Formula One Grand Prix victories in Belgium (1968) and Argentina (1960) as well as second in the 1960 Driver’s Championship behind Sir Jack Brabham. He also wont the Indianapolis 500 in 1972,’74 and ’76, and five consecutive Can-Am Constructor’s Championships from 1967 to 1971.


You can watch the Goodwood Revival LIVE AND FREE ALL WEEKEND online at https://grrc.goodwood.com/goodwood-revival/revival-social-stream#bGF8Y7ThdVZMdvWC.97

We’re going to be very tired come Monday morning.


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