Recovered yet? We reflect on some of the greatest things about this year’s Goodwood Revival
As we recover from one of the biggest historic automotive extravaganzas of the year, it’s time to reflect on what makes the Goodwood Revival such a special place for those three days in September. John Lakey take us through 25 of the most outstanding moments from this year's event.
The first on track display was from Stock Cars of the '50s and '60s. Stock Car racing was a massive sport in the UK during the Goodwood era, with huge crowds filling stadiums after the first meeting at New Cross Stadium in April 1954. Thus it's only right Goodwood should honour these wonderful battle-scarred cars. Our favourite was Mike Fisher’s fine replica of ‘Creepy’ Jack Crawley’s 1955 racer, an American ’47 'flathead' V8 Ford Coupe. Crawley was friendly with a young entrepreneur who thought he could make a quick buck on the ovals and borrowed Jack's car a couple of times. He failed, but his name, Bernard Ecclestone, would become quite familiar...
Most amusing racing cars
If the Austin engineers who developed the little A30 and its legendary engine (it was the first car to use the A-series, of which over 13 million were made) could have been parachuted into Goodwood 2016 they wouldn't have believed their eyes. The St Mary's Trophy was an A30/35 only race with 30 baby Austins toddling hilariously around the track. Deploying the claimed 90bhp were such luminaries as David Coulthard and Rob Huff in the pro-driver race on Saturday, while the car's owners raced on Sunday. The crowd loved it.
First corner in the wet Saturday race saw BTCC aces Jordan (77), Shedden (4) and Soper (59) battling for lead.
A battle which Jordan and Shedden would fight throughout the race, with Jordan eventually coming out on top.
Some of the near misses were incredible, as this picture proves. They did not touch each other!
Overall victory was taken by Mike Jordan and his son, former BTCC Champ Andy Jordan.
Twins Sophie and Kate Davies from Sheffield in genuine late 1960s outfits complete with matching handbags and boots. They are sitting on a Brabham BT23, a 1967 Cosworth FVA engined F2 car which Jack Brabham himself drove initially. It was then sold to Frank Williams who entered it for Piers Courage.
Now owned by Australian Chad Parish, the car had been brought over especially for the Brabham tribute by the Australian Racing Drivers Club.
Goodwood Beauty Contest
The Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato of Richard Meins and Rob Huff changes drivers on its way to fourth place in the Kinrara Trophy while the winning Joe Macari and Tom Kristensen Ferrari 250GT SWB blasts out of the pits following their driver change. Both are impossibly beautiful and expensive cars, but which would you have in your lottery dream garage?
Two of Goodwood's excellent marshalling team inform a driver that due to an attack of the vapours he is 'Turning Japanese' and must pull in.
Ok, we admit it's actually a 'your car is damaged and too dangerous to continue' flag.
Famous E-Type Cut 7 gets crossed-up in the RAC TT Celebration.
Somebody somewhere thought it was a good idea to decorate the toilet walls with one of the coolest car images in history, Sean Connery leaning on his DB5 while tracking Goldfinger in the Alps. The ignominy! By Saturday those frequenting that particular paddock were saying, "I'm off to see Sean" whenever they had to answer a call of nature... There's a time and place for Bond fandom, we get it, on the wall of a cool bar it's a tribute of sorts, but in a portaloo?
Burning midnight oil
CKL developments worked late into the night on Saturday to carry out a differential change on 4WPD, the first lightweight E-type produced by Jaguar, and a car with a fascinating competition history. Race Technicians Chris Phipps (on ground fitting rear upright) and Mark Court (in car connecting propshaft) earned their money! The car was driven by Andrew Haddon and owner, well know collector Shaun Lynn of BGC, an event sponsor. They failed to finish, maybe that number 13 is bad luck...
The grid of the Goodwood Trophy for pre-war GP cars blasts away with Christian Glasel's lovely Alfa Romeo Tipo B in the foreground. Paddins Dowling however is a sitting duck having stalled his ERA B-Type R10B. Remarkably all the other cars threaded themselves around him but sitting in such a lightly protected car while others blasted past must have been terrifying. There are no carbon-fibre safety cells in 1930s ERAs.
Racing 1960s sports prototypes is not for the feint hearted; crash a Lotus 23B or Elva Mk7 and you will know about it but it must surely be worse when you can't see where you're going?
The weather on Saturday was very wet all day but the standard of driving was high and there were no really big accidents. Spins aplenty though as Mark Owen (not that one) demonstrates in his Elva BMW Mk7S.
Harry Dark won Saturday's Settrington Cup race for children in Austin J40 pedal cars by some margin and is seen here being flagged across the line by Sir Stirling Moss. He finished 3rd overall on aggregate after Sunday's dry race.
The remarkable Catherine Collings nips into the lead, while boys squabble with each other behind, and was quick enough to take the aggregate victory in the wonderfully shabby number 41 J40.
Most Surreal Goodwood Installation
It doesn't get much more 'Not a pipe, it's a painting of a pipe', than Goodwood's fake beach in the paddock. While mechanics revved cars and bikes around them happy toddlers played in the sand while parents ate ice cream. It even had pink sheds, which we believe ladies call 'beach huts'.
Best Ice Cream Van (yes really)
However, not content with having a beach, Goodwood also provided a proper way for a gentleman to buy ice cream for his lady, from this 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 based ice cream van.
Best A cappella singers
Chichester-based singers 'The Popettes' kept popping up around the paddock doing wonderful unaccompanied versions of ‘50s and early ‘60s pop classics, although they often struggled to be heard over the engine revving as mechanics warm up race cars and bikes.
Car park car of the weekend
Nigel Green and Peter Sanbrook in the early-morning sun with their shared 1904 Maudslay – called Big Maud. And is she big! She has a 60hp (RAC rating) 9.6-litre straight-six, which is a 'square' engine with a five-inch bore and stroke. It's an OHC – yes that's right an overhead-cam engine in 1904 – and originally launched in 1902, probably the first one ever made and designed in Coventry by Alexander Craig. She also has a pressurised oil system, a seven-bearing crank, a four-speed transaxle and a steel cone clutch that weighs 11 stone. We were tempted to crop the photo to just the engine, it's awesome.
In 1904 a Maudsley cost £1400 when a Rolls-Royce-Silver Ghost was listed at £880. Nigel bought the car in Australia and brought it home partially assembled. He loves driving it, reporting that even by current standards it's quite fast but lacks the brakes needed to scrub that speed off...
Jamie and Sally Banks from Essex, with the MG TC Jamie bought in 1966 for £35! It was finally properly restored in 2000, by a third restorer, and at one point was feared lost when a previous restorer went bust.
Steve Mariscotti and family from Guildford with his rare Alfa 2600 Coupe, which he has owned for four years.
Roy Nash from Norfolk with his 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood ‘pillarless’ 6-window Sedan. It uses a 6.4-litre 325bhp V8 and four-speed auto. Roy would not reveal his fuel bill from Norfolk but said it was worth it!
Gary Newell (left) with partner Tracey Pink (red dress) and Steven and Faith Newell (centre). The car is a 1936 Bentley 4.25 litre, which was made for racing driver Gino Revaro in Italy. However, the unique low-line Freestone and Webb body had originally been made for Revaro's 3.5-litre, and when the new car was released he sent the old one back to the UK and had his body fitted to a new chassis.
Best life size diorama
Terry meets Julie in Goodwood's BMW themed Piccadilly Circus, so they can gaze at Minis and be in their own paradise.
The indoor Earl's Court motor show was equally impressive, as the Lamborghini stand shows with early Miura, Espada and Miura Jota.
Greenest Grid Girl
Isn't it nice when one of Goodwood's famous grid girls tones in with the car that qualified on her row. In this case the DB4GT of Urs Muller
The Cobras and E-Types dominated the TT, with Chris Ward and Gordon Shedden’s Jaguar (89) victorious and the two Cobras of Frank Stippler/Michael Squire (22) and Andrew Smith/Olly Bryant (1) following closely in a respective second and third.
Chris Ward built a lead initially but a safety car wiped that out. Shedden got in the car then started to pull away again but a small error allowed Giedo van der Garde's Cobra (2) to nip through. Shedden then harried the Cobra mercilessly and eventually edged it, battling, on to the grass. Van der Garde careered toward the tyre wall. Thankfully, with the momentum dwindling, the car swung the right way and just kissed some foliage; a lucky escape, but a disappointing end for the fastest Cobra, which eventually finished fourth.
Shedden, in his Honda helmet, concentrating hard as he pressures the then leading Cobra of F1 driver Giedo van der Garde.
The second place Cobra did donuts to celebrate! We wonder what he would have done if he'd won...
Third place Cobra in gorgeous Alan Mann colour scheme.
Best Legend Debut
TT legend John McGuinness (pictured) shared a 1953 Manx Norton with Glen English to score an overall victory in the two-leg Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. Despite never having ridden round Goodwood before, and getting very little practise because of mechanical problems, the pair romped to victory in Sunday's dry race and were quick enough to take the aggregate win as well.
Remarkably Saturday's very wet race had been won by Mike Farrall and Charlie Williams on a 'girder-fork' 1933 Rudge TTR. Charlie Williams shown here in practice.
Racing legend and broadcaster Tiff Needell went from seventh on the grid to leader in one corner… then back to seventh in two corners as he was pushed wide. Driving the fearsome V8 Lotus-Ford 30, which is a car often thought of as challenging from a handling perspective, Tiff revelled in the treacherous conditions and flung it around to fight back to third. One of the best drives of the weekend, proof going sideways can work and – more importantly – an absolute joy to watch.
Best lady Biggles
Mrs Bigglesworth shelters under beagle brolly in front of rare collectable 1960s Red Bull umbrella produced to celebrate Mark Webber's birth.
Rain does not preclude glamour.
Most Moving Moment
The featured driver tribute this year was to Sir Jack Brabham. One of the all-time greats of F1 and arguably the most historically important driver in F1 history because he moved the game forward technically both with Cooper and later with his own eponymous team. He is of course the only driver to win the World Championship in a car bearing his own name and probably always will be.
He is also remarkable for the length of time he was competitive, considering he was 29 when he made his F1 debut in the 1955 British GP. When he started F1 racing the dominant cars were front engine machines like the Maserati 250F, when he retired, at the age of 44 in 1970, he was still winning and beating cars such as the Lotus 72 with his own Brabham BT33 DFV, which was designed by the all important T in the Brabham cars, Ron Tauranac.
David Brabham, looking remarkably like his dad, listens to Lord March read a tribute to his father.
Parade laps in father's Cooper.
Sir Jackie Stewart sets off on a parade lap in a Brabham to pay tribute to his friend Sir Jack.
John Surtees drives an Aston Martin DBR1 in the Sir Jack Brabham tribute parade lap.
Gordon Murray started his career at Brabham and was there to honour both Jack and designer Ron Tauranac.
Stirling Moss drove one of his favourite cars in the Jack Brabham tribute, an Aston Martin DB3S. Moss won the Nurburgring 1000km with Brabham sharing an Aston DBR1 in 1958.
Return to Power
Goodwood celebrated the 30th anniversary of F1's return to power in 1966 when the engine size was doubled from 1.5-litres to 3-litres, with a high-speed demonstration of 1966/7 F1 cars.
Ironically this change was one of the reasons Goodwood was closed for racing that same year as it was felt that these new F1 cars were just too fast for the track's safety facilities.
Unsuccessful but gloriously barmy BRM H16.
McLaren Cosworth M7A
Lotus 49 used by Jo Siffert for Rob Walker Racing to win 1968 British GP at Brands Hatch.
Star of the air show was the world's only flying Bristol Blenheim, a Mk1. Blenheims first flew in 1935 as a commercial aircraft and proved so fast that a military type was developed. This is the third Blenheim to have been restored for display use, the first two were, sadly, damaged in crashes. It was flown by well-known expert pilot Lee Proudfoot. Escorted here by two Spitfires, a Hurricane and a Mustang.
For many, Goodwood Revival is as much more about period dress, dancing and music as it is racing. And why not!
Words and photography: John Lakey