A SELL-OUT CROWD of 146,000 attended the three-day event to rub shoulders with celebrities and motorsport royalty at the Chichester, West Sussex, venue. Together they watched some 400 cars and motorcycles compete in 15 races involving machinery from five continents.
Two thousand five hundred hula-hoops, 500 yo-yos and 500 Slinkies were given away to guests, while the Goodwood Farm made 16,500 burgers and 20,000 sausages for the race weekend.
Friday evening saw the start of racing, and it was Emanuele Pirro and Niklas Halusa who won the Kinrara Trophy in the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’. It was perhaps one of the most photogenic races ever staged, with a glorious sunset bathing the cars as they raced down the Lavant Straight.
Opening the proceedings on Saturday, Darren Turner took his first ever win at the Revival, in the Fordwater Trophy, at the wheel of the works 1950 Aston Martin DB2. Sam Tordoff took second place in his 1953 Porsche 356 despite bogging down on the line and entering the first corner at the back of the pack and Calum Lockie took out the Goodwood trophy at the wheel of a 1938 Maserati 6CM.
In the inaugural Jack Sears Memorial Trophy it was the Jaguar Mk1 that proved to be the car to beat, with three of them on the podium, the winning driver, being John Young in a 1958 Jaguar Mk1.
The St Mary’s touring car race was a torrid affair with a gaggle of Lotus Cortinas and Mini Cooper Ss battling with huge Galaxies, Barracudas and a lone Studebaker Lark Daytona. The American iron had the power on the straights while the more nimble Cortinas and Minis would round them up under brakes and through corners. After a frenetic six-way battle Andy Priaulx emerged with a win, but only after fellow former World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff was penalised for jumping the start.
The ground shaking 1960s sports cars took part in the Whitsun Trophy race with the Lola T70 of Mike Whitaker proving victorious at his third attempt.
The Freddie March Memorial Trophy, was Saturday’s last race and won by Martin Hunt in a 1954 HWM-Jaguar.
A grid full of old F1 and F2 cars lined up for the Chichester Cup with Andrew Hibberd taking the win in a 1962 Lotus-Ford 22, Nicholas Padmore claiming the Richmond Trophy in a 1958 Lotus-Climax 16, but the overall race winner awarded the Gordon Trophy was William Nuthall in a 1960 Cooper-Climax T53 ‘lowline’.
The touring cars turned it on for the huge crowd on Sunday with leading Cortina driver Pete Chambers escaping unhurt from a huge crash that saw his car destroyed after rolling six times. Once again it was a mix of Minis, Cortinas, Jags, and American iron that drifted and raced their way around the undulating track to the crowd's delight. The aggregate result taken from both St Mary’s Trophy races saw Andy Priaulx and Steve Soper win in the latter’s 1963 Ford-Lotus Cortina Mk1.
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Remember the days when you saw VB-VH Commodores littered all over the place? I could not believe I genuinely got excited to see a bronze VH 'povo pack' in my local shopping centre car park. I now want one.
GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS -CLAYTON, VIC
You don't see many Mercs of this vintage, let alone in this condition cruising along with a pair of smiling kids in the back. What a car. This would have been something special in its heyday and is even more special today.
JASON WALLY -BRIBIE ISLAND, QLD
Call me a stalker, but I saw these two ol' girls parked in front of a suburban double garage sometime ago. I always wondered why you would let them rot away like that. The bigger question is: What is hidden inside the big shed?
SAM SAVATO -SORRENTO, VIC
I tried my best to keep up to this Challenger on a typical overcast, grey and miserable Melbourne day, but the old Dodge illuminated the road and proved its 'Muscle Car' title, wheel spinning on a wet road. Unintentional of course!
TEZZA JOHNS -BORONIA, VIC
Father-and-son pairing David and Oliver Hart were triumphant in the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration in their 1963 AC Cobra. With the penultimate race winner, Joe Colasacco in the Glover Trophy, driving a 1965 Ferrari 1512.
Bringing the racing to a close, and victorious in the Sussex Trophy, was Phil Keen's drive in a 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’. In an amazing comeback effort, Keen started from pitlane and charged to victory 25 minutes later, causing his team manager to shed a tear.
At the event’s prize giving, the Duke of Richmond presented several awards to the best and fastest drivers and riders of the weekend. The fastest lap on two wheels was given to Australian Troy Corser on the 1929 BMW R57 Compressor for a 1min 32.927 lap. However, the fastest lap of the weekend went to Karun Chandhok in a 1964 McLarenChevrolet M1A for a 1m 20.238.
The Rolex 'Driver of the Meeting' award was presented to Darren Turner for winning the Fordwater Trophy, coming second in the Whitsun Trophy and having a great drive in the TT. Three very competitive races in three very different cars.