Austin-only tour­ing car bat­tle, An­glo- Ger­man sports car ri­val­ries and World Cup nos­tal­gia in three petrol-heady days

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me of the rac­ing world’s big­gest names go­ing head to head in baby Austins, on-track tributes to the late Sir Jack Brab­ham and Eng­land’s World Cup vic­tory and a new race for 1960s GT rac­ers made this year’s Good­wood Re­vival un­for­get­table for its 150,000 visi­tors.

The high­light of the open­ing day was the new Kin­rara Tro­phy com­pe­ti­tion for hard­top pre-1963 sports cars. The Re­vival’s pe­riod music was drowned out by the howl of As­ton Martin DB4s, E-types and Fer­rari 250 GTs dur­ing the hour-long dusk race, won by Joe Macari and Tom Kris­tensen in the 1961 Fer­rari 250GT SWB.

On Saturday a 28-car grid ded­i­cated en­tirely to sports cars with BMW and Bris­tol straight sixes took part in the Re­vival’s flag­ship La­vant Cup race. In pre­vi­ous years this 20-minute bat­tle has been ded­i­cated to Jaguar D-types, Ford GT40s and Fer­rari 250GTOs and the An­glo- Ger­man ri­valry was just as spec­tac­u­lar, with the Frazer Nash en­trants ul­ti­mately pow­er­ing past the BMW 328s and AC Ace Bris­tols.

The pa­tri­otic theme con­tin­ued away from the rac­ing too, with show­go­ers be­ing greeted by ex­u­ber­ant Eng­land fans mark­ing half a cen­tury since the World Cup vic­tory at Wem­b­ley and a pa­rade of 1960s po­lice cars, Routemas­ter buses and Ford Thames minibuses tak­ing to the track for the foot­ball-themed cel­e­bra­tions. You could also wait for a ride home at the metic­u­lously de­signed re-cre­ation of a 1960s tube sta­tion in­te­grated into BMW’s pe­riod cor­rect show­room, and lis­ten to Dusty Springfield’s lat­est hits at the Re­vival’s new lis­ten­ing booths.

But the un­doubted high­light for clas­sic fans was the twist on the fa­mil­iar St Mary’s Tro­phy Race – rather than host­ing the Cortina vs Mini bat­tles Re­vival reg­u­lars are fa­mil­iar with both races were given over to Austin A30s and A35s. While some of the driv­ers dis­puted how

Mike Jor­dan and son An­drew scored over­all vic­tory in the Austin race with their 1955 A30.

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