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GOODWOOD REVIVAL MEETING
The Goodwood Revival Meeting delivered another weekend of exceptional motor racing surrounded by its period atmosphere.
The Goodwood Revival has become a ‘must go’ event within the English summer sporting calendar adding to other special events such as Wimbledon, Henley and Ascot.
What is so special about the Revival is its dedicated period atmosphere, one where visitors and team supporters are encouraged to dress in the style of the 1940s-1970s.
Situated on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, owned by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, the circuit was originally the perimeter track of RAF Westhampnett a relief airfield for nearby RAF Tangmere. The race circuit dates from 1949 and was used for racing until 1966, re-opening for classic racing in 1998 for the Goodwood Revival Meeting.
Over the last 24 years the event has grown in popularity and organisers now limit the number of entrance tickets available.
Considered by many to be the mecca of classic car motorsport, the Goodwood Revival attracts the very best of the surviving cars and bikes of the historic and classic eras.
As previously mentioned, the Revival is also one of the very few motoring events to be staged where the public is encouraged to dress in appropriate clothes to match the many buildings and displays that echo the glory days of the circuit. To be seen and to help create an appropriate atmosphere encourages the public to search for that ‘perfect’ personal statement. Actors and performers also embed themselves amongst the crowds with dance displays and concerts – this year there was even a display depicting a crashed flying saucer and confused aliens.
With the increasing uptake of electric vehicles, the Revival showcases priceless cars and motorcycles from the glory years of internal combustion engine racing, fuelling a strong public fascination and nostalgia for those times.
THE SETTRINGTON CUP
Now in its 10th year, the Settrington Cup consistently shows itself to be the ‘greenest’ race on the calendar.
This race is for Austin J40 pedal cars, as built by the Austin Car Company in a dedicated factory in Wales. It was a government-assisted scheme for disabled Welsh coal miners to be given a new vocation. The factory opened in 1948 and the pedal cars made there were predominantly based upon the Austin A40 of the time. The factory employed 250 men, utilising scrap metal from the Longbridge car plant to produce a high-quality pedal car with working lights, Dunlop pneumatic tyres, leathercloth upholstery and quality chrome fittings.
The Austin J40 sold for £26 (plus £6 purchase tax) which made it an expensive toy. Production ceased in 1971 after a total of 32,098 cars had been made.
The Settrington Cup is hugely popular, and this year attracted more than 70 entrants. Children/pedallers aged eleven and under compete in two races along the track grid. It was quite a spectacle, with enthusiastic supporters and parents adding to the drama and competitive nature of the race.
This is one of the special joys of the Goodwood Revival. With attendees all making an effort, there are many opportunities to capture a nostalgic snapshot of past fashions and styles.
PITS AND THE DUMMY GRID
The cars … the sounds … the smells … the people.
GOODWOOD REMEMBERS QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Spectators, competitors, staff and drivers paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who passed away 10 days before the event. As the state funeral would be held on the following Monday, organisers felt that the Queen’s attitude was always to persevere in times of hardship and crisis, and so the Goodwood Revival carried on with the Palace’s blessing. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Charles Gordon-Lennox, paid tribute to the Queen on the Friday, flags were flown at half mast, gun salutes fired, moments of silence observed, and many wore black arm bands for the event.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
Once again the Concours of Elegance returned to Hampton Court Palace. This Grade 1 listed building is a mix of Tudor and baroque architectural styles with its surrounds and grounds making it a stunning venue for this premier event.
Initially a country house, it was transformed by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century and would then be used by Henry VIII. Situated close to London, it is one of England’s most stately palaces.