The Goodwood Revival - Cars!
The Goodwood Revival Meeting was a 3-day festival dedicated to the autoracing world of days gone by, specifically the heyday of the Goodwood track between 1948-1966.
It was Lord March who advocated for a track that reflected its former glory and so the Goodwood Revival festival was created in 1998. All buildings whether original or newly built, conformed to the period appearance standards. The pit and driving facilities were set up the same way they would have been in decades past. Seeing the cars racing in those conditions was certainly exciting but knowing that they were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each was something else. No two cars were alike. So many factors were in play. And they were beautiful.
Over 140,000 people attended this weekend event. Staff and attendees alike were dressed in period costume, all the best things about an era without the inconveniences.
We were at Goodwood for the tribute to Bruce McLaren. “Bruce was an engineer, designer and racing driver but above all he was an inspiration, a leader of men.” (Goodwood Revival program). His life tragically ended in 1970 in a testing accident on the Goodwood track so it was fitting that the tribute to Bruce was held there. And fitting as well for Jackie Stewart to be driving his red-liveried 1967 BRM-engined M5A Formula 1 car number 19. Sweet.