Now, the engines have been silenced, the bunting has been taken down and the vintage outfits have been hung up – what a fabulous Revival it’s been.
Commemorating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The Goodwood Revival went ahead last weekend with special moments across the event to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A book of condolence was available for guests to sign and there were daily moments of silence which followed a special film, featuring unseen footage of The Queen at Goodwood over the years.
The NEW Revive & Thrive Village
The Revive & Thrive Village made its debut this year, championing the sustainable ‘Make Do and Mend’ approaches of post-war Britain through a modern lens. With sewing workshops, live demonstrations and a line-up that included Black Girl Knit Club, Dominic Chinea, Charlotte Jacklin, Nerrisa Pratt, Micaela Sharp and Juliet Uzor, visitors flocked to the new area to soak up all the ways in which we can breathe new life into second-hand belongings.
On stage, the Vintage Style Not Vintage Values conversations with icons like Dandy Wellington, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, Onyi Moss and Paula Sutton, sought to celebrate the joys of vintage whilst actively challenging the regressive undercurrents that can be associated with retro culture.
On the track
Stellar driver and riders
Goodwood has long brought together competitors from across the spectrum of motorsport and this year was no exception, with almost 30 different racing championships represented at the Revival. The 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Endurance Championship, Formula 1, Formula E, Isle of Man TT, World Superbike Championship, IndyCar, NASCAR and British, European and World Touring Car Championships were just some of the disciplines represented. Drivers included Rowan Atkinson, Jenson Button, Karun Chandhok, Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Damon Hill, Jimmie Johnson, Tom Kristensen, John McGuinness, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jean-Éric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne.
Into dusk on Friday, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy hosted stunning sports cars from the late-1940s to early-1950s including the Jaguar C-Type, Aston Martin DB3S and the Allard J2X. Across the weekend the likes of the Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari 250 SWB, Aston Martin DB4 GT also took to the track.
Once again, the RAC TT Celebration gave us an absolutely thrilling race at the front, Jenson Button and Harrison Newey looking set for a comfortable victory until their Jaguar E-type Lightweight expired soon after the pit stops. A nail-biting battle between Romain Dumas and Gordon Shedden in their AC Cobras then kept us enthralled until Dumas retired, leaving Shedden, who shared with Andrew Smith, to take the victory.
A new race exclusively for MGBs, the Lavant Cup, was won by Goodwood commentator, Ed Foster, after a red flag caused a re-start from which Foster made a rapid getaway to chase leader Mark Cole. Cole came to a halt with only three minutes left, leaving Foster to take a Goodwood victory that he joyously described as “unbelievable”.
A trio of celebrations
Picking up the baton from this year’s Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, the Goodwood Revival spent the weekend wishing Ferrari a happy 75th anniversary, with a daily beauty pageant of the world’s most revered and evocative cars from Maranello paraded around the historic Motor Circuit. The trio of honorary celebrations was also made up of the 100th anniversary of the Austin 7 and a moving tribute to motor racing icon Graham Hill on the 60th anniversary of his first F1 World Championship.
As we marked 10 years of the Settrington Cup, it was certainly the most competitive race over the weekend as we saw enthusiastic young drivers take to their Austin J40 pedal cars on the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit. Our race flag competition winner Beth got the keys to the Duke of Richmond’s very own Austin J40 for the race, and waved her beautifully designed flag to start the race off alongside none other than racing legend Jenson Button.
Across the event
The Future of Revival
It was also a weekend of firsts as the Revival continues to cement Goodwood’s position as a champion of the planet and its people, focusing on sustainable living. Synthetic fuel made its debut in two races over the weekend: a Jaguar C-Type in Friday’s Freddie March Memorial Trophy and a Porsche 904 in the RAC TT on Sunday. In addition, over by the bike paddocks, visitors could witness ARCS Energy demonstrate their exciting new zero emissions solution prototype. The cars that take to the track are lovingly restored, recycled and revived, handed down through generations of enthusiasts and these landmark moments promote the evolution of fuel and emission developments.
Sustainability and supercars in Earls Court Motor Show
Keeping an eye on the future, the Earl’s Court Motor Show was a place where motoring timelines meet. Marques old and new gathered cars of the past, present and future in a selection quite unlike anything you’ve seen anywhere else. Aston Martin, BMW, Charge Cars, Deus, Pininfarina and Range Rover all had displays, as well as Mini who presented the ‘Mini Strip’, a collaboration between Paul Smith and Mini, which explores outside-the-box sustainable manufacturing solutions.
Just plane fun: best in show
The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation presented by Bonhams returned for its 22nd year, bringing together some of the most elegant and rarely seen machines from aviation history. In the magnificent concours d’elegance of pre-1966 the 1942 Hawker Hurricane presented by Aircraft Restoration Co certainly shone through as it won best in show as judged by Former Red Arrows pilot, Kirsty Murphy MB, Red Bull Air race pilot Ben Murphy, aviation operator Peter Teichman, Managing Director of Solent Sky Museum, Sqn Ldr Alan Jones and special judge Dermot O’Leary, television presenter and radio DJ.
Other special moments included the appearance of the Le Mans Centenary Trophy, which was pictured alongside an array of previous race winners. Vehicles and memorabilia went under the hammer in the Bonhams auction; highlights included a 1961-64 Cooper-Zerex-Oldsmobile, 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster and 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Coupé. Famous faces around the site included Francis Bourgeois, Martin Brundle, Dominic Chinea, Elizabeth Day, Chris Evans, Dermot O’Leary, Andy Serkis, Michaela Sharp, Paul Smith, Stanley Tucci, Twiggy, Juliet Uzor, Dandy Wellington and Dominic West.
Customers were immersed in a swinging ‘60s musical experience in Earls Court Studios presented by Sky Cinema, with the opportunity to become part of the film cast. Earl’s Raceway also played host to a fleet of 1932 Fords for their 90th anniversary, and taking guests by surprise was an out of this world experience which had landed at Gate 2 – a mysterious UFO and aliens making a trip from Roswell, USA. Over The Road, visitors could carry on partying into the evening with a vintage fun fair, cinema, music, drinks and dancing.