Good­wood Re­vival

Not much of an air­show, thanks to new CAA reg­u­la­tions — but a top­notch gath­er­ing of vin­tage air­craft

Pilot - - CONTENTS - Words Dave Un­win Pho­tos Dave Ed­wards/new­bold Im­ages

Now in its eigh­teenth year, the Good­wood Re­vival draws an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of historic air­craft, cars and other ve­hi­cles to the Sus­sex aero­drome and mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuit. While the Re­vival is pri­mar­ily about mo­tor rac­ing — the ti­tle refers to the re-com­mis­sion­ing of the perime­ter­track cir­cuit, which was closed for com­pe­ti­tion in 1966, when landowner the Earl of March de­cided that the new three-litre F1 cars were too fast for the track — Good­wood has a long his­tory as both a mil­i­tary and civil aero­drome, and the avi­a­tion side is not ne­glected.

Sadly, post-shore­ham the fly­ing is no longer as good as the rac­ing (which was fan­tas­tic) and al­though the Blen­hiem, Hur­ri­cane, Mus­tang and a brace of Spit­fires looked and sounded su­perb, this wasn’t the air­show that pre­vi­ous Re­vivals have show­cased.

The avi­a­tion high­light is un­doubt­edly the Fred­die March Spirit of Avi­a­tion award, a con­cours d’élé­gance for pre-1966 air­craft. This year the ar­ray of ma­chines on dis­play was sim­ply stun­ning, and in­cluded the world’s old­est air­wor­thy Chip­munk (from Canada), a re­cently-re­stored Spit­fire Mk IX and a beau­ti­ful DC-3 (from Nor­way). The judg­ing panel — which in­cluded Air Chief Mar­shal Sir Stephen Dal­ton, Air Mar­shal Sir Christo­pher Harper, Steve Boult­bee-brooks, Stephen Bay­ley, Mai Ikuzawa and Pi­lot Flight Test Ed­i­tor Dave Un­win — faced an al­most im­pos­si­ble task.

First place eventually went to the stun­ning 1934 DH83 Fox Moth owned by Bruce Broady, with Peter Bishop’s im­mac­u­late 1936 Miles M11 Whit­ney Straight sec­ond and Steve Carter’s rare 1948 Ryan SCW145 third.

From top: Fox Moth scooped Spirit of Avi­a­tion con­cours award in the face of Good­wood’s ap­par­ent ob­ses­sion with shiny me­tal aero­planes; Ob­server Corps re-en­ac­tor — or is it a dis­guised CAA man check­ing fly­ing dis­play al­ti­tude and line? The ill-fated Al­ba­tros (see ‘Old Timers’ p.47); front-en­gined Grand Prix cars get off the line, most of them sport­ing ‘non-pe­riod’ roll-over hoops; by con­trast, a lady very much in pe­riod cos­tume (the Ed­i­tor in­sists he chose this im­age for no rea­son other than to show that the weather was not all sunny); Wil­liam and Ge­orge Un­win ad­mire old­est air­wor­thy Chip­munk G-AKDN, cover flight test star of Pi­lot’s Au­gust is­sue, which was on static dis­play (wouldn’t it be nice to see a civvie aero­plane fly­ing aer­o­bat­ics at the Re­vival for a change!) Fer­rari bat­tles its way around a very wet track; and an over­head view gives an idea of the clas­sic and vin­tage ma­chin­ery dis­played on the aero­drome dur­ing at the Re­vival, as ever the mil­i­tary theme be­ing pre­dom­i­nant

AE­RIAL PHOTO: DO­MINIC JAMES

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