It’s fair to say this year’s Goodwood Revival was a slightly wet affair. And by slightly, we mean exceptionally. As we always say though, the racing is all the more exciting for a spot of rain, and when the clouds did occasionally clear we managed to take a few photos. John Lakey shows us through a few of the weekend's highlights.
Lord March read out a tribute to the team in front of a packed grid of Ecurie Ecosse cars, introducing a big screen film of the team’s history while a Lightning fighter displayed overhead.
Jackie Stewart parks up Le Mans winning D-type.
Whizzo Williams, Jackie Stewart, Dario Franchitti and Rob Huff listen to Lord March's tribute to the team.
Ecurie Ecosse mechanic and Jaguar works car builder Ron Gaudion acknowledges the applause of the crowd, after being interviewed in detail about his time working for the team. Those are his original overalls, although he admitted they were tighter than they used to be! Goodwood had flown him and his wife over from Australia for the event.
The mechanics from CKL preparing the 1960 Ecurie Ecosse Transporter for display. The world famous Commer uses the unusual Rootes TS3 two-stroke, supercharged, three-cylinder opposed diesel engine – with six pistons. No, that's not a typo. Each cylinder has two pistons, which was known at the time as the 'Commer Knocker'. The total engine displacement is 3.25 litres, and power output is around 105bhp, with a whopping 270 lb ft of torque. Compared to other diesel truck engines of the time, the TS3 was quite powerful and was very compact allowing good packaging possibilities.
It was made world famous by the Corgi 'Major' major model, which is surely the second best remembered model of all time after Corgi's Goldfinger DB5. It graced many a small boy's carpet racing 'tableau', usually loaded incorrectly with a Ferrari!
The Fiat 500 was launched in 1957, and Goodwood celebrated its 60th birthday with an opening track parade of 120 – yes 120 – Cinquecentos effervescently buzzing around the circuit.
The parade was led by some Tour De France style 'period' cyclists (look at the Campagnolo on that! And we did, let's face it who doesn't love a Campag Record Group Set?) and the cars were displayed in a mock Italian village complete with garage...
...and Rome traffic police on a roundabout stand, blowing his whistle. This doubled up as an Italian fashion show on the other side and greeted visitors as they came in the main entrance.
Best engine on a truck
Surprisingly not a category of one, but this Rolls-Royce Merlin MKX was hands down winner. This was the first supercharged Merlin, and produced a paltry 1145bhp, which must make this one of the world's most powerful trucks! A treat to able to examine the wonderful engineering of a Merlin at close quarters.
Period singing Group 'My Favourite Things' used the Ecurie Ecosse Commer as a stage to perform acapella versions of ‘50s hits. They are left to right: Emily Deamer, Julie McNamee, Charis Murray.
...But they had a secret, they were wearing wellies! Here CKL engineer Martyn Palmer helps them down.
Most beautiful race
The Friday night opening race, the Kinrara Trophy, runs into the twilight and gives Goodwood an almost LeMans-esq feel for 20-or-so minutes towards the end. Here the Ferrari 250 SWB of Marc Davis and Le Mans legend Derek Bell roars past the pits.
You can take the Healey out of a rally but you can't take the rallying spirit out of a Healey, as the exuberant Michael Darcey proved in his 3000 Mk1. It's easy to forget that the Healey 3000 was really the first car developed by a factory as a stage rallying special, and without the development done by BMC's Competition Department in Abingdon the history of rallying, Mini Coopers, RS Escorts etc, would be very different.
Billed as the most beautiful motor race in the world, and it’s hard to argue isn't it?
Although the conditions meant making the car's considerably less beautiful was quite easy...
DD300, one of the most famous and long-raced Healeys in the world, was heading for the barriers until John Minshaw managed to handbrake turn into the gravel trap – saving what could have been an expensive impact.
Weirdest auction item
1958 Land-Rover Series II 109” Cuthbertson tracked utility vehicle. Tracked vehicle specialist Cuthbertson made a small number of these conversions for farmers working in difficult terrain, although this is believed to be the only one in the UK and it sold for £33,000.
Paul West (on driver's seat of the convertible) and family from Cambridge with his two Mk2 Zodiacs. The convertible is registered 206E which is the Mk2's Ford type number. The saloon sounded fantastic with its Raymond Mays' head and other period mods. Paul is the proprietor of 1950s Ford specialist restorer, Cambridge Classic Cars.
John Saunders and Sarah Halloran with John's 1968 Pontiac Tempest LeMans, which he has owned 17 years and uses as his daily driver.
TVR Launched its new car, which is covered in detail elsewhere
, but amusingly the various models standing with it were not allowed to touch it, begging the question – just how fragile is it?
Unlike the models on the older TVRs who did some very period, and quite provocative, 'lounging' all weekend!
TT legend Michael Dunlop managed to hustle the 500cc triple MV Agusta he was sharing with his brother William to second on the grid, during a very wet practice session for the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. Sadly, bike trouble meant they were unable to complete race one, but finished third in the second race on a Manx Norton.
Burlesque performer Kitten von Mew is actually to paid by Goodwood to, and I quote, 'glamorously lounge on machinery or people'. I asked the Ed if this year's gallery could just be a series of glamorous lounging pictures but he imposed a limit of two. Spoilsport.
For those who'd noticed, the miniature motorcycle behind is known as a Welbike, because it was designed at Station IX in Welwyn. It was created to be used by the SOE in WW2 and, amazingly, over 3600 were built. They used by Airborne Divisions as well as the SOE.
There were at least two period hair salons – here Vintage Stylist Maddison Seaber applies the finishing touches to a wonderfully period ensemble for visitor Sophie Robinson.
Richard Beddall of the Dunsfold Land Rover Collection is something of an unsung Revival hero, having provided the very early production 1948 Land-Rover tow-start vehicle, called 'Josephine', since 1999. He found the vehicle in a barn on Dartmoor in 1988 and it’s in original unrestored condition. Here he tow starts yet another Maserati 250F, just part of the ear splitting daily grind... Enthusiasts like Richard, doing it for the fun and love of it, are the backbone of the Revival.
The battle between Rob Hall's nimble but slightly underpowered Aston Martin DB3 (17) and Chris Ward's Cooper Jaguar T33 (54) in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy was a highlight of the racing day on Saturday. Ward made a poor start on a very wet track, but as conditions improved hauled in Hall, who made the Aston very wide before finally being overwhelmed by the Jaguar's greater power. A superb drive from two of the greats of historic racing. The Aston won the 1952 Goodwood 9 Hours in the hands of Peter Collins and Pat Griffith in period.
Best pedal car race
Seven year old Lottie Alexander gets into the zone prior to entering the grid. Mind management is very important in pedal car racing. The Settrington Cup uses Austin J40 Pedal Cars, which are now highly valued as consequence. It uses a double sided Le Mans start, which causes some Arc De Triomphe levels of poor lane merging and traffic etiquette...
Then each competitor gets their head down and pedals like fury, as young Joe Stanley demonstrates in his black and gold car. He led for most of race 2 but had gone off too early, flagged, and came in fifth. His pedal car was engineered by Michael Schumacher's race engineer at Benetton, which explains why it was using such an enormous amount of negative camber and toe out.
Powered by feet, in a Ford logo, genius.
As soon as the rain came during the Goodwood Trophy for 1930-1950 Grand Prix and Voiturette racers, Gareth Burnett was battling understeer like you have never seen before in the 1938 2-litre Alta. He could have just slowed down, but drove the whole circuit with arms crossed in one seemingly endless under-steering armful of lock, despite numerous excursions to the grass. Brilliant entertainment, top marks, and an incredibly good effort to finish fourth.
Fastest red car
Tony Smith's glorious Alfa Tipo B nudges ahead of the Land Rover in the 'red cars only' class of the Goodwood Trophy. Tony finished 17th, the Landy's time was too slow to record.
Best grid girls in racing
Goodwood's Grid Girls are choreographed, then drilled with almost military precision, and are a show in themselves even when it’s raining.
David and Goliath
For many this was the highlight race of the weekend with a no holds barred pitch battle on both days which ended with an overall victory for the Plato/Naismith Austin Westminster.
Former European Touring Car champion Rob Huff leads the pack into the first corner, after making a perfect start to part one of the St Mary's Trophy for saloon cars between 1950 and 1959 in his Maroon-B and Black Austin A40; all A40 Farinas were two-tone and that is the correct Austin colour name for his Mk2 example. He and fellow (2) A40 driver Michael Caine fought a race long battle for third and fourth, which the crowd appreciated.
Race one was a fantastic battle between BTCC star Andrew Jordan's Austin A40 and Audi LeMans star Frank Stippler's Jaguar Mk1, until Jordan's A40 expired in the heat of battle.
Overall winning Austin Westminster A105 short boot, in glorious hearing aid beige, finished second in race one and fifth in race two, enough to secure the aggregate win. The Westminster was styled by Italian émigré Dick Burzi in the Longbridge styling studio, and in tuned form is effectively a four-door Austin Healey.
Outrageous Raymond Loewy styled Studebaker Silver Hawk looked superb, sounded even better. It was quite slow and looked huge, even among the Jaguars! It finished 28th, the last running car, even though it had the largest engine on the grid.
Zephyr spins during qualifying and is joined almost immediately by an A40.
Sunday's race was a four-way battle between Dickie Meaden's Alfa Giulietta Ti, Mike Jordan (dad of Andrew) in the white A40, sporting a new engine overnight, and the two Mk1 Jaguars of Grant Williams (12) and Justin Law (2), resulting in many off-track excursions and collective catches of breathe by the huge crowd. Meaden triumphed by a short head.
John Cleland race a Nash Metropolitan with his tongue firmly in his cheek and came 17th.
Best course car
The wonderfully elegant Rolls-Royce Phantom V course car attracts attention standing still, and looked magnificent touring the circuit to check safety and conditions between each race.
Spotters could tell it was a James Young built body at a glance, because it uses their distinctive square door buttons with spring loaded key-cover flaps.
RAF Westhampnett was originally built on Goodwood estate land, although the landowner the Duke of Richmond, Frederick Gordon-Lennox, retained ownership. It was a satellite station to RAF Tangmere, with many different aircraft being flown from the airfield although the majority were Spitfires and Hurricanes. The Goodwood racetrack was originally built on the perimeter road of the airfield. Here the pilots and officers of the RAF Westhampnett await operations in 1943.
Of course they are actually a group re-enactors known as the Beck St Boys, but it was actually very moving – especially as the display aircraft took off behind you. You can tell they were in 1943 today, as although the two crew on the right are wearing the longer 'service dress' uniform tunic they are wearing 1941 pattern Mae West life preserver. The officer sitting on the left is sewing his 1941 pattern shorter 'battledress jacket' which was gradually phased in over this period.
Best flying display
Sunset is the time to watch the flying display. It's well worth waiting near the airfield as the sun goes down just to see the sun glinting off the wings of, in this case, a Mustang and Spitfire.
Best twin boom plane
The 1939 Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of the most versatile WW2 fighters, but they are rare in Europe now. Most visitors had never seen one fly before, in fact many did not know what it was! Its distinctive twin-boom twin-engine (Allison V12s) design made it larger and heavier (nearly 8 tons!) than most fighters, but also made it very manoeuvrable. It was very popular with pilots because it would fly faster and higher than most fighters but still carry a greater payload. If you are of a certain age you will remember the Lightning as the star fighter in the book 'Biggles Delivers The Goods', one of WE Johns' more fanciful adventures in which Biggles' team build a teak log runway on a lake and paint it blue so the Japanese enemy fighters won't spot it...
Simon Diffey rarely stays in the cockpit of Samuel Collier's Bugatti Type 51, using his shifting bodyweight as a part of a rather interesting cornering technique. Something he can do in a car with no seat belts...
Top Gear's Chris Harris attempts to cover the McLaren badge on his overalls in shame, before driving a Ferrari 250LM to seventh place in the TT.
The first corner of the TT, an hour long race run at a frenetic pace.
Matt Neal preparing to drive fearsome Sunbeam Tiger in the TT.
Cobra cocks wheel in TT.
Race developed into a battle between father and son David and Oliver Hart in the blue Cobra and the Gordon Sheddon Chris Ward E-type. Sadly Ward un-intentionally nudged Cobra 21 into a spin and was penalised while the Hart car expired.
Leaving the 94 Cobra of Michael Gans and Andrew Wolfe a surprised but elated winner.
The Goodwood lifestyle remains – come rain or shine.
The Hi-Tech motorsport support team had dressed for the occasion.
Lancia D50 is in Richmond Trophy sounded glorious.
The Whitsun Trophy is the fastest race of the Revival, featuring fearsome V8 Le Mans racers such as Ford GT40s and Lola T70s. Changeable conditions minute-by-minute, from driving rain to low sun, created incidents and a fantastic visual and aural display as drivers fought for control on a very slippery track.
Words and photography: John Lakey