THE DUKE OF RICHMOND’S DREAM to return motorsport to the Goodwood circuit turned out to be so successful that the Revival has now outlived the original race meetings that ran between 1948 and ’66.
As a result, the display of Revival winners to celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary spanned just shy of 50 cars. Leading the pack was
ERA R5B ‘Remus’, which won the 1998 Woodcote Trophy, the first race at the inaugural Revival.
Successful private team owner Rob Walker was also honoured (right). His first taste of racing was the 1924 Bologna GP, and the winning Bugatti Type 22 was joined on track by the Delahaye 135S that he raced to eighth at Le Mans in ’39.
Three-time Formula 1 champion Jackie Stewart drove the Walker-run Cooper-climax T43 in which Stirling Moss won the 1958 Argentinian Grand Prix to usher in the rear-engine era. Later entries included Moss’s Tt-winning Ferrari 250 GTS, the GT40 Walker entered at Le Mans in ’65 – adopted as one of Ford’s own to bolster its assault against Ferrari – and the ’71 Surtees TS9B, marking Walker’s time as manager to Mike Hailwood.
Such was the popularity of
Dan Gurney that at the 1967 Race of Champions the marshals painted ‘Viva Gurney’ on the Brands Hatch asphalt as they willed his Eagle on to victory. For the first Revival to be held following his death, the same words decorated the Goodwood grid.
Gurney became the first American to win a world championship Formula 1 race in an American car later in 1967. And the Eagle T1G with which he claimed the spoils in the Belgian Grand Prix had the track to itself at the Revival.
Stewart and five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell took turns to pilot it across the weekend. Appropriately its three-litre V12 was built by Sussex-based company Weslake, and Bell had watched Gurney undertake closed tests at the track, albeit hidden behind the grassy banks.
“When I got into the Eagle I asked myself, ‘Why do I feel so at home?’,” said Bell. “As soon as I got in the Eagle and shifted gear and went through the corners moderately quickly, then I realised what an incredible car it is.”