Goodwood Revival 2014

A Blast In the Past

Riddle mingles with the masses at Britain’s annual epicentre for vintage motoring enthusiasts. 

Article by Marion Graham Photography by Andy Barnham

The weekend of the 12th to 14th September, it seemed as if almost everyone was going to, or at least talking about, the Goodwood Revival. As an extreme motor enthusiast and already a regular at the Festival of Speed, I had to see what all the hype was about.

Now into its 17th year, The Goodwood Revival shows no signs of running out of ideas – still growing annually, it’s constantly finding innovative ways to engage the crowds, hence the coining of the phrase ‘Only at Goodwood’.

On arrival, you find yourself being swept up by Revival Fever from the moment you enter the car park. The ticket gate acts as a time-travel portal, taking you back to a different era – at which point you’ll understand why it’s essential to dress appropriately for the Revival, something I didn’t quite realise until I saw it first hand.

The crowds are committed to authenticity. As the sun was blazing down, as it has for the best part of the year, there was a staunch commitment to tweed jackets and faux fur.

Highlights on the track included the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-Type, which was marked by a 30-car parade, and the 60th anniversary of Maserati’s sublime 250F Grand Prix racer. Remarkably, examples of the iconic car made up two-thirds of the Richmond Trophy race for 1950s GP racers.  A faithful recreation of the Monza pits was built to house the 16 Maserati 250Fs brought in to celebrate their 60th anniversary, with no fewer than 30 Jaguar D-types assembled for the very same reason nearby.

A replica of BMW’s Park Lane dealership from the Fifties, complete with period sales-floor posters and vintage newsreel footage playing on black and white television sets. The footage portrayed a genuine BMW 502 ‘Barokengel’ (Baroque angel) saloon, Germany’s first post-war V8-powered car, introduced at the 1954 Geneva motor show.

Sir Jackie Stewart’s career was celebrated  50 years after it began at Goodwood in 1964 with a 24-car parade, whose drivers included fellow legends John Surtees, Richard Attwood and Mark Webber. riddle_stop 2 

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