Wel­come

Classic Sports Car - - Contents -

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.

ALAS­TAIR CLE­MENTS

Ed­i­tor in chief, Clas­sic & Sports Car

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