Goodwood Revival’s anniversary celebrates vintage racing, automotive culture

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Start of the Kinara Trophy race at Goodwood Revival 2018 | Rolex photos by Nick Harvey
Spectators show up in period attire

The Goodwood Revival celebrated its 20th anniversary this past weekend at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in England, where spectators, more than 150,000 of them, took  a direct part in the festivities by dressing in vintage fashion to reflect the eras being featured on the track — wartime 1940s, the fabulous ’50s and the swinging ’60s.

The weekend got off to a spectacular start on Friday evening with the Kinrara Trophy race, which drew perhaps the most valuable starting field in vintage racing history with a grid of pre-1963 closed-cockpit GT cars worth an estimated $250 million. 

The race was won by the No. 16 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB known as the “Breadvan” and driven by Niklas Halusa and five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro.

Fourteen other races were contested during the turn-the-clock-back weekend, including one featuring 30 pre-1954 motorcycles.

Each morning, there was a parade around the 3.809-kilometer track by British commercial vehicles, including several 1950s Austin FX3 “London black” cabs, as well as an overhead show by vintage Royal Air Force planes in honor of the RAF’s centennial.

Everyone gets into the spirit of the Revival

Jackie Stewart, three-time Formula One champion, also was featured, doing laps in memory of Rob Walker and Dan Gurney in a 1957 Cooper T43, 1966 Eagle Weslake T1G and a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C.

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“It was an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to drive around this magical circuit once again, especially in memory of motoring legends,” Stewart said in a news release by Rolex, a major supporter of the Goodwood program.

“Seeing Goodwood Revival celebrate its 20th anniversary has been particularly nostalgic; the Duke of Richmond has established an extraordinarily unique and successful event, honoring the heritage of our sport and the beautiful cars that time will never forget.” 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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