A record sell-out crowd of 149,000 enjoyed a dramatic 18th Goodwood Revival Meeting this weekend at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex.
Race highlights included a back-to-front victory for the mighty Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt of ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen and Henry Mann in the St Mary’s Trophy for 1960s saloons. Other exceptional on-track moments of the weekend included the first gathering in history of all six original Shelby Daytona Coupes – on the 50th anniversary of the organisation’s World Sportscar title.
Jaguar and Land Rovers
The annual RAC TT Celebration race for early-1960s GT cars was won by the JD Classics-prepared Jaguar E-type of former British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden and Chris Ward. There were also track displays that included a collection of over 50 ‘Series’ Land Rovers and more than 25 US ‘Gassers’ that lit up their tyres with a series of spectacular burn-outs each morning. Meanwhile, off-track, the 60th anniversary of the Fish Finger was marked with an authentic trawler. Also, and rather bizarrely, 50 years of ‘Youthquake’ was celebrated, with a 3D billboard featuring live models in Miniskirts.
Battle of Britain
The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain did not go unobserved, either. This momentous occasion was commemorated with a touching on-track moment that featured 94-year-old Wing Commander Tom Neil, a Royal Air Force veteran who saw active service during the battle, and with an evocative 12-Spitfire flypast.
Lord March, owner of the Goodwood Estate, said: “The 18th Goodwood Revival’s crowd not only witnessed some of the most iconic racing cars ever built, but also celebrated an incredibly poignant and fitting tribute to the bravery of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain.
“My sincere thanks to everyone who came for their support and enthusiasm for the event, which continues to be cherished by enthusiasts of motor racing and vintage culture right across the world.”