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Goodwood Revival Meeting Preview Day


Goodwood, 18 July 2007

Preview in Style
The annual press preview day, where Lord March outlines the programme for the Revival Meeting in September, was held at the Goodwood Circuit on 18 July. As with the Festival of Speed and the Revival Meeting themselves, there is a great attention to detail to make it an enjoyable and informative day for the fortunate recipients of invitations. Registration was held in the new, but period styled, race control building, from where one could go and take coffee and biscuits in the pit garage, to the accompaniment of a musical quartet. One of the features of the Revival Meeting is the acts of various sorts that tour the circuit reliving the style of the fifties and sixties, like road workers, “spivs” in sharp suits and trilby hats selling stolen goods out of a suitcase, the always popular Marilyn Monroe look-alike, and sixties “pop chics”, all of whom were in attendance at the preview day for our entertainment.

Park & Ride
Knowing Lord March’s penchant for excellence, it was inevitable that there would be more than just musical and acting entertainment laid on for the gathering! He and his team had assembled a selection of the cars that would participate in this year’s Revival Meeting for our delectation, and courtesy of the benevolent owners we had the opportunity of passenger rides in most of them, ranging from a 1923 Delage Bequet, through Maserati 200S and 300S models, a Jaguar Mk2, the Aston Martin Project 212, to a pair of Ford GT 40s. Thus, as the circuit is deep in the West Sussex countryside access is only viable by car, so attendees were able to “park & ride”, and it was much more enjoyable than the regular city park & ride schemes!

Coming Up
Lord March gave us a run-down on the features promised for the Revival Meeting, which runs between 31 August and 02 September, so make a note in your diary now, or better still book your tickets at
www.goodwood.co.uk as it is always a sell-out, whatever the weather. One of these will be a pre-1967 aircraft concours d’elegance, where it is expected that there will be thirty historic flying machines assembled, a pair of which were wheeled onto the main straight during the lunch break, together with the Napier Railton from the Brooklands Museum, round which Lord March and his group of actors gathered for a photo call. The always popular period garage at the Revival Meeting is being redeveloped into a ‘30s style art deco car showroom, and will host a selection of historic Ferrari road cars, in celebration of the marque’s 60th Anniversary. Other new features will be a display of pre- 1967 touring caravans with appropriate tow vehicles, together with a selection of mid-sixties “chopper” motorcycles. In all it promises to be another outstanding gathering, with as much activity off the track as on, so definitely not one to be missed.

Keith Bluemel

07/2007.
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