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Goodwood shares plans to revive the Revival

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After being canceled in 2020 because of the global pandemic, Goodwood will revive the Goodwood Revival with several new features for the event scheduled for September 17-19. 

“Revive and thrive” is a theme for the return of what is not only a vintage racing weekend but a turning back of the clock to the clothing and lifestyle of a bygone era, a period when “ ‘make do and mend’ was a way of life rather than a casual slogan,” Goodwood points out.

With that in mind, several new features have been added to the Revival program, including a Made-Do and Mend celebration of craftsmanship and sustainability behind Woodcote Corner.

Also being added to the weekend are:

  • A new viewing area and a cross-over pedestrian bridge at Madgwick  Corner, “arguably the trickiest corner of the circuit.” 
  • An expanded shopping and dining area under an RAF Westhampnett theme in the Lavant Infield, where the 1960s GT cars racing in the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy event will be paddocked.
  •  A re-creation of the Festival of Britain on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 1951 event staged “to raise the spirits of a country still in the grasp of austerity and rationing.”
  • A Victory Parade of military vehicles celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 1946 London Victory Parade.
  • The moving of the Drivers’ Club to adjacent to the Earls Court Motor Show display area, with the Drivers’ Club on public display for the first time.

Goodwood celebrates Moss, BRM in 2021

In other news from Goodwood, the life and racing career of Stirling Moss and the BRM marque will be celebrated at the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival in 2021.

“It was at the Goodwood Motor Circuit that Moss took part in, and won, his very first motor race, on 18 September, 1948, a day after his 19th birthday,” the circuit noted in its announcement. “In the years that followed, Moss contested 56 races at Goodwood, winning 21 of them and finishing on the podium a further 13 times.

“It was also the scene of his career-ending accident on 23 April, 1962.”

Moss, among the UK’s greatest motorsports drivers and for years after a global ambassador for the sport, died in 2020. He was 90.

Also to be featured at Goodwood throughout 2021 is British Racing Motors. BRM was founded in 1945, made its Formula 1 debut in 1951 and won 17 Grands Prix over a span of 26 years. 

Goodwood said every Grand Prix-winning BRM will be present at the 2021 Festival of Speed, and a gathering of even more BRM vehicles will be featured at the Revival.

Carlisle sets Comic-Car-Con at Ford Nationals

You likely have heard of Comicon events, celebrations of comic books and their imaginary characters, but have you heard about Comic-Car-Con? 

Carlisle Events has announced a family-friendly Comic-Car-Con that will be staged during the Carlisle Ford Nationals, scheduled for June 4-6 in Pennsylvania, a display will feature vehicles from the movies and television.

Among the vehicles to be displayed are the 1964 Barris Dragula from the Munsters television show, the 1966 Ford GT40 that served as the “sound car” for the Ford v Ferrari movie, a pair of 1976 Ford Gran Torinos from the Starsky & Hutch movie, and replicas of the 1973 Starsky & Hutch TV show 1973 Ford Galaxie, of the 1966 Ford-based Batmobile from the Batman TV series, of the 1971 Ford custom 500 Galaxie from the movie White Lightning, and of the 2005 Saleen Barricade from the 2007 Transformers movie.

Carlisle Events also said the Ford Nationals will feature the 50th anniversary of the Pinto and of the Big Horse Mustangs as well as a Stroppe vehicle reunion.

For more information, visit the Carlisle Events website.

1933 Isotta-Fraschini wins at Greenbrier

A 1933 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A Sports Tourer owned by Stephen Plaster won Best of Show honors this past weekend at the 2021 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The car features a one-off body by Ercole Castagna and was Isotta-Fraschini’s featured vehicle at the 1933 Paris Salon. From Paris, the car went to the company’s showroom in New York City, and in 1937 began its Hollywood career. Its most famous performance came in the 1956 movie, Giant, with James Dean at its wheel. The car was restored in 2018 by Evergreen Historic Automobiles.

Laguna adds Velocity Invitational to its calendar

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will be the site of yet another inaugural motorsports event with the Velocity Invitational scheduled for November 11-14. The event will feature McLaren Racing, according to the news release.

“We are delighted to partner with Velocity Invitational to showcase our McLaren Racing history on track and contribute to one of the most exciting automotive lifestyle festivals in the United States,” McLaren chief executive Zak Brown is quoted in the news release, which says that two-time F1 champion Mike Hakkinen will do “a special exhibition” in the 1998 MP4/13A formerly raced by Hakkinen and David Coulthard.

“McLaren will also bring the 2011 MP4/26A and 2012 MP4/27A Formula 1 cars which were driven by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in era, as well as the 1998 MP4/98T two-seat Formula 1 demonstration car which will take a lucky few passengers on a thrilling ride around the circuit,” according to the news release.

Velocity Invitational is being staged by the same team responsible for the Sonoma Speed Festival.

“We have all missed racing and seeing these extraordinary and rare cars in the past year,” Velocity Invitational founder Jeff O’Neill is quoted. “So we’ve decided to make up for lost time with an event that is sure to please both drivers and spectators. With McLaren bringing cars not seen in years that showcase extraordinary technology Velocity Invitational will try to set a new standard for automotive lifestyle festivals in the United States.”

Elkhart Lake race car parade returns

Race cars drive through the village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall photo

The Road America racing circuit has announced the return of the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman vintage racing weekend, scheduled for July 16-17. Also scheduled to take place are the racecar parade and concours in the village of Elkhart Lake. 

The parade of race cars from the track to the town takes place July 16, with the cars on display along Lake Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The parade and show pay homage to the early days of American sports car racing on public roadways before closed courses were built.

AACA convention set for Williamsburg

The Antique Automobile Club of America has announced that its 2021 annual convention will be held June 3-5 at Williamsburg, Virginia. 

2021 car show and concours calendar

The following are dates currently set (but subject to change) for a variety of concours d’elegance, car shows and driving tours scheduled during 2021:

May

9 – Mother’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Simply Vauxhall, Beaulieu, UK; 14-15 – Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Pennsylvania; 14-16 – Houston Art Car Experience, Texas; 15 – Vintage Travel Trailer Rally, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 15-16, Goodwood Members’ Meeting, UK: 16 – Simply Audi, Beaulieu, UK; 20-23 – Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida; AACA Founders Tour, Davis, West Virginia; 21-23 – Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals, Utah; 23 – Simply Electric, Beaulieu, UK; 28-30 – Goodguys Nashville Nationals, Tennessee

June

2 – GM on Display, Macungie, Pennsylvania; 2-6, Retromobile, Paris, France, AACA Eastern Divisional Tour, Cambridge, Maryland; 4-6 – Carlisle Ford Nationals, Pennsylvania; Street Machine Nationals, DuQuoin, Illinois; 

Goodguys All Star Get-Together, Fort Worth, Texas; 5-6, Friends of Steve McQueen, Chino Hills, California; 6, Albuquerque Lowrider Super Show, New Mexico, Simply Porsche, Beaulieu, UK; 8-10 – London Concours, UK; 12 – Drop Top Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; Heritage Auto Show, Cape Cod; Oddballs & Obscurities, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Catskill Conquest Covered Bridge Rally, Saratoga, New York; 12-13 – Cincinnati concours, Ohio; E-type 60 years, Shelsley Walsh, UK; 13 – Fabulous Ford Forever, Irwindale, California; Mini Cooper Day, Beaulieu, UK; 17-19, AACA Eastern Spring Nationals, Saratoga, New York; Simply VW, Beaulieu, UK; 18-19 – Micro-Mini Car World, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 19 – All Air-Cooled Gathering, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 20 – Father’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Blackhawk Museum, Danville, California; Hot Rod & Custom cars, Beaulieu, UK; 25-26 – Carlisle GM Nationals, Pennsylvania; 25-26 – Congress of Motorcars, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 26 – Miles through Time, Clarkesville, Georgia; Community Car Show, Barrington, Illinois; 27 – Oldsmobiles & Orphans, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Simply Jaguar, Beaulieu, UK

Have an event to add? Email details to journal@classiccars.com.

Larry Edsall
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 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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