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Chichester, 13th - 15th of September

Today the final curtain fell on this year’s Goodwood Revival Meeting. Near the end of a long classic car season once more the Revival was one of this year’s highlights with 16 action packed races and lots of atmosphere around the historic race track making this a trip well worth it not just for the petrol heads. Although the weather forecast was not very promising the days before the event, again ten thousands of spectators took the chance to enjoy three wonderful days trackside or in the various attractions around. Well equipped with umbrella and picnic chair the best spots were taken early in the morning to see all the action in the different races ranging from the pre-war grand prix racers in the Goodwood Trophy to the sports cars and single seaters up to 1966 when the original races on the high speed track became history. A special feature this year was the first race on Friday evening, a 90 minutes two-driver race for sports cars of the era 1952-1955 intended to run into the sunset, but the ran just set in minutes after the start, a fate it should share with the afternoon races on Sunday.

Saturday started against all forecasts quit sunny and the first races even saw some blue sky before the clouds came in again. Fortunately most of the day it stayed tries so the races could be done in regular conditions, especially the much awaited Whitsun Trophy that had its practice the day before on a slippery damp track. Normally the Whitsun Trophy is reserved for the big bangers of McLaren, Ferrari and Lola but this year’s edition saw a single marque grid with 30 Ford GT40 fighting for victory, the race was won by Red Bull F1 star designer Adrian Newey and his partner Kenny Brack, a former Indy 500 winner defeating Shaun Lynn and 5 times Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro.

Sunday started with nice weather as well but it became soon clear that the main race of the weekend, the RAC TT Club Celebration for GT cars of the GTO-era would not be ending in the dry. Just as last year the rain set in soon after the start making the track very slippery and with a lot of spray it was surely not easy to drive. The team Friedrichs/Hadfield managed the conditions and the safety car phase best giving Aston Martin it first ever victory in the RAC with the DP212 Project Car. This was a very nice final of the Centenary Celebrations of the traditional British sports car manufacturer that was also celebrated with several cars displayed both in the paddocks and the Earls Court Motor Show. Unfortunately the weather did not improve like last year so the last two races were also held in the wet, unfortunately many spectators already left Goodwood because of the rain.

We have now put together a small gallery with 72 images to give a first impression what this year’s Revival looked like; a more detailed report and many more images will follow the next days.

Report & Images … Peter Singhof www.ClassicCarPhotography.de