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Another successful Goodwood Revival comes to an end

Posted: September 19, 2011 by The Car Spy in Goodwood, Shows

Retro fashion, beautiful vintage aircraft and some of the rarest and most sought after motor cars in the world mixed with closely fought and highly competitive racing today at Goodwood as the 14th Revival meeting drew to a close.

Among the estimated 140,000 people visiting the Goodwood Revival and entering into the vintage spirit of the event were musician Jay Kay and broadcaster Chris Evans.

On track a trio of Jaguar Mk2 saloons took part in the St. Mary’s Trophy race against the thundering Ford Galaxie 500 musclecars.

Elsewhere, an incredible 14 Supermarine Spitfires took to the skies over the weekend, thrilling the crowds with aerobatic displays as they skimmed the tree tops, marking 75 years since the maiden flight of the aircraft in style.

The weekend has seen a diverse selection of vintage cars from Jaguar’s sporting heritage racing in anger and on static display at the Goodwood Revival. It forms just one part of the celebrations throughout 2011 to mark the E-type’s 50th anniversary.

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Vintage fashion has always been one of the vital ingredients that make the annual Goodwood Revival so unique and thoroughly entertaining, and next week’s 2011 event (16-18 September) will be no exception with historic motor racing fans smartly dressed in their 1940s, 1950s and 1960s-inspired finery.

The Goodwood Revival remains the only motor sport event in the world to hold a dedicated Ladies Day (Saturday 17 September), with spot prizes of champagne and flowers being awarded to the best dressed women by an expert panel of fashion judges.  New for 2011 however, ‘best dressed’ men may now also be spotted and potentially rewarded during all three days of the Revival, along with the ladies. 

With the support of the authentic vintage fashion experts at Men’s File, Goodwood will be looking out for stylish men and elegant ladies, and giving them the opportunity to win daily prizes of Johnnie Walker whiskey (for the men) and flowers and Veuve Clicquot champagne (for the ladies), as well as the chance to appear on the cat walk around 4pm daily (located on the Richmond Lawn) to show off their stylish outfits to fellow Revival visitors.

To meet the growing interest and demand for vintage fashions and paraphernalia, the popular Revival Market and High Street area has been expanded and extended out across the road from the main Goodwood circuit entrance, near the enormous Revival Car Show, to cater for more specialist exhibitors. 

Many leading retail names in vintage fashion will be attending Goodwood this year, including Biba and Vivien of Holloway, with shops on the main Revival High Street, plus lingerie specialist What Katie Did, and Goodwood itself, with a large range of 1948-1966 Revival-era products, including tweed, overalls, caps, leather and gloves.  A new ‘vintage’ line of sub 13-year old children’s clothing will also be launched by Goodwood at the Revival; available in the ‘Shed Shop’ located next to Glam Cabs.

To help female Revival visitors ‘get the look,’ for hair and make-up in a 1940s, 50s and 60s style, Goodwood has produced a trio of short tutorial videos, using specialists and models to show how to achieve that authentic look.  These can be viewed at

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Ford revive a strong presence at Goodwood with the largest-ever vehicle cavalcade at the historic West Sussex circuit, in celebration of Fords UK centenary and signalling the end of the Ford of Britain Centenary Tour.

The Ford of Britain Centenary Parade will be flagged-off by Ford’s chief financial officer, Lewis Booth, with Ford of Britain chairman Joe Greenwell in the lead car.  The parade will consist of over 100 Fords, circling the track from 11:05 on Friday morning, 11:10 on Saturday and 11:25am on Sunday.

The line-up includes the famous Ford Anglia 105E used in the film “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”; the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race-winning Ford GT Mk II; the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup rally-winning Ford Escort Mk I; and the 1912 all-Ford-race winner at Brooklands: the 1911 UK-built Ford Model T – “The Golden Ford.”

As well as the Ford of Britain Centenary Parade, the two GT40 course cars will be in action between the races as usual.  There will also be a Ford exhibition in the ‘Earls Court Motorshow’ area showcasing a number of vehicles including a 1960s Ford Corsair, a 1960s replica of Henry Ford’s Quadricycle and a new Ford Focus and Grand C-MAX.

The Ford exhibition area will be decorated with a Ford in Britain 100-year timeline and allow public use of a 1962 Rock-ola Empress Jukebox and the opportunity to have a period-style picture taken alongside a new Ford Focus.

Joe Greenwell, Ford of Britain chairman, said: “Ford is delighted to be at Goodwood Revival in such strength this year.  The Ford Centenary Tour of the UK has been a great success and with an exciting range of Ford vehicles to be showcased at Goodwood, we’re hoping to end our Ford of Britain Centenary celebrations with a bang!”

The Ford Centenary Tour, which got underway in London in August runs until September 18, finishing at the Goodwood Revival in Chichester, West Sussex.

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Goodwood’s annual driver tribute feature at next week’s Revival (16-18 September) will honour one of the greatest drivers that ever raced. On the centenary of his birth, and 60th anniversary of him winning the first of his five World Championships, Goodwood will pay tribute to Juan Manuel Fangio. 

Fangio raced twice at Goodwood, with his best result at the West Sussex circuit being second in the challenging BRM V16 P15 on 26 September 1953. 

This legendary BRM will be just one of over 25 of the most famous cars that Fangio drove, as Goodwood honours the life and achievements of this incredible man with a daily track parade. 

Other significant cars forming part of the tribute will include three important Mercedes-Benz racers being sent over especially from the marque’s Stuttgart-based Museum – Fangio’s ex-300 SLR, W196 and W196 Streamliner.  His Alfa Romeo Tipo 158/9 ‘Alfetta’, Ferrari 290 MM and 860 Monzas, Gordini Type 15s and 16, Maserati 250F, 300S and 450S, Jaguar C-type, Talbot-Lago Type 26S and Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser ‘Dayton Steel Foundry Special’ Indy car will also form part of the daily parade. 

Two of his earliest racing cars are also being shipped over specifically for the Revival from the Fundación Fangio in Argentina  – his famous 1939 Chevrolet Coupe TC and the 1947 Volpi Chevrolet ‘La Petisa’ – the first time these cars  have come to the UK.

In addition to Fangio’s famous race cars, several former teammates that competed with the great man will be on hand, including Sir Stirling Moss and Hans Herrman, as well as Tony Brooks.and Maria Teresa de Filippis.

To order advance tickets for 2011 Goodwood Revival, please contact the Ticket Hotline:
Telephone: +44 (0)1243 755055
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Exceptional cars and extraordinary aircraft are a regular treat at the annual Goodwood Revival, being held this year from 16-18 September.  However, trains are a far less common sight at the world’s most authentic historic motor sport meeting; until now!

In just three weeks time, trains will be very much in evidence as a trio of blushing brides walk down the aisle in full period wedding dress at the ‘St. Charles Chapel of Love,’ as  Goodwood stages three mock weddings from the 1948-1966 Revival era.

A gaggle of Goodwood’s GAG Actors will be playing their parts in the wedding ceremonies and receptions at the main Revival pedestrian entrance gate, as a series of brides and grooms attempt to tie the knot, with mixed degrees of success!

The Revival wedding party characters will form part of the 80-strong troop of GAG (Goodwood Actors Guild) actors and actresses, all carefully selected to add a sense of theatre to the Revival, following an exhaustive round of auditions.  These actors all become members of GAG, set up specifically to add to the authentic atmosphere of the Revival.

The Goodwood Revival gives a chance for all visitors to revel in the romance of motor racing as it used to be. The lovingly restored Goodwood Motor Circuit is unchanged from its heyday, and great lengths are taken to ensure that everything on the site is exactly as it was. 

All Goodwood staff and GAG members dress in appropriate period clothing from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and each year the vast majority of competitors and spectators get into the effervescent Goodwood spirit by dressing the part, considering it all part of the fun.

All around the Goodwood Motor Circuit site, there are many actors, role-playing and acting out scenes from a bygone era.  Spivs selling nylons and watches from beneath their coats; Mods and Rockers hanging out and dancing, then being ‘moved on’ by the local bobbies; comedic workmen preparing to dig a hole in the most inappropriate place; iconic figures, Butlin’s Redcoats, and even the Dad’s Army Home Guard are all to be found at the Revival.

Other GAG members act as airline captains, with a string of adoring air hostesses in tow, whilst reporters and photographers chase the playboy set for the latest scoop, oblivious to the ‘happy campers’ munching on their Scotch eggs and tea cakes beside their 1950s caravans. There’s sure to be much more fun in store over the three fabulous days of the Goodwood Revival this year.

To order advance tickets for 2011 Goodwood Revival, please contact the Ticket Hotline:
Telephone: +44 (0)1243 755055
Book on-line:

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