Has it really been 20 years? The Goodwood Revival Meeting remains so fresh, so exciting every time September rolls around that it’s hard to believe that 2018 marks two decades since Lord March (now the Duke of Richmond and Gordon) first dusted off the old Westhampnett airfield perimeter track. In doing so, he brought some of the finest historic racing the world has ever seen to a new (and ever-expanding) audience.
If the above has made you groan, or perhaps you didn’t go this year because you think you’ve seen it all before, I have a tip: find a petrolhead friend who has never been to the Revival, and take them with you next year. I did, and watching it through the wide eyes of a first-timer reinvigorated an event that I have always adored.
One sight my newly indoctrinated friend didn’t get to see – and his experience was all the poorer for it – was the famous orange helmet of true Goodwood legend Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams. So many of my most enduring memories of the event feature Whizzo, always sideways, in everything from Morris Minor to Tojeirojaguar. I was lucky enough to see him just a short while before he passed away, ever the enthusiast as he enjoyed the cars on show at Bicester in June, and feel privileged to be able to bring you his last interview this month – complete with that infectious smile that was so missed in the Revival paddock.
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