Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
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Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021
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Goodwood, 17-19 September, 2021

After a hiatus due to the (still ongoing) global pandemic in 2020, the Goodwood Revival Meeting was back with a bang in 2021, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the picturesque Sussex circuit over the weekend of 17-19 September. As if to welcome back this premier classic car race meeting, the weather was mostly clement, with bright sunshine and pleasant ambient temperatures for the first two days, interrupted by some light rain and a sharp shower on the Sunday morning, but remaining warm and drying out for the afternoon’s races.

The race most affected by the sharp shower was the Brooklands Trophy for post-vintage thoroughbred sports cars, but it added a further dimension for the drivers as an exercise in car control, particularly in the leviathans like the Bentleys, whilst providing the enthralled spectators with a spectacle of opposite lock slides, notably from the race winning Frazer Nash driven by Duncan Pittaway and Eddie Williams. This seemed to spend almost as much time sideways as in a straight line, and received rapturous applause from the crowd at the end of the race.

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The foregoing race was part of a fifteen race programme, which also included a tribute race to Sir Stirling Moss, being the first race of the meeting on the Friday evening, previously the Kinrara Trophy, renamed the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy in his memory, not only for his contribution to British motor sport, but also for his support at the Goodwood Revival Meeting through the years. There were also races for classic up to 1966 motorcycles, another being the John Whitmore Trophy for sixties Mini Coopers, plus the always popular St Mary’s Trophy Race for fifties saloon cars, races for formula One, Formula Junior, sports cars of differing genres, through to the thundering Cobras, E-Types and the like in the highlight RAC TT Celebration Race on the Sunday afternoon. Almost without exception there was plenty of close racing, a few skirmishes, fortunately none serious, other than some damaged metalwork, which kept the spectators in the packed grandstands and around the circuit perimeter fences around the circuit enthralled throughout the weekend.

As always the event, apart from a great variety of machinery, attracts famous names from the world of motor sport. A great crowd favourite this year, making his historic racing and Goodwood Revival debut, was the 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button, who drove a DK Engineering entered AC Cobra with Alex Buncombe in the RAC TT Tribute race, unfortunately retiring with a misfire when well placed. Other famous names on the roll call included the always entertaining five time Le Mans 24 Hour Race winner Emanuele Pirro, Alex and Martin Brundle, Karun Chandhok, further Le Mans 24 Hour race winners in the form of Jean-Eric Vergne (also a double Formula E Champion), Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer and Romain Dumas, together with many others, plus star of TV and films Rowan Atkinson and multiple Olympic medal winning cyclist turned racing driver Sir Chris Hoy.

There were a trio of celebrations over the course of the weekend, notably a Tribute to Sir Stirling Moss featuring a track parade of the multitude of cars associated with him through the years, including both his Goodwood Tourist Trophy winning Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinettas. This tribute was to have been held in 2020, but was carried over to this year due to the cancellation of last year’s event. There was also another feature that was to have taken place in 2020, the 70th anniversary of BRM, with a display and track parades of the cars from Bourne ranging from the howling V16 of 1950 to the 1974 P201 F1 car. On the Sunday afternoon there was a “Victory Parade”, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 1946 London Victory Parade and also to mark the UK’s fight against Covid, with armed forces bands, representatives of the police, fire and NHS services, with a broad variety of period civil commercial and military vehicles also taking part.

Theatre is all part of the magic of the Goodwood Revival Meeting, with perennial favourites like the “Glam Cabs” girls, the military camps, the “Mods & Rockers”, the road working crew, together with an expansive display of hot rods in an expanded Gasoline Alley, together with track parades each day, their former spot being taken by classic racing pedal cycles with a Tour de France theme, presented by Eroica Britannia. The Drivers Club has a different them each year, and this year it resembled a Las Vegas casino, with a line-up of period Amercan cars fronting it. There were also all the other popular features including the Walls Ice Cream “beach”, with ice cream served from a vintage Rolls Royce ice cream van, a Bonhams auction, “Over The Road” with its broad array of vendors, fun fair, Butlins rock n roll ballroom, plus new for this year a Revival Cinema presented by Sky Cinema, together with a massive classic car parking area, a show in itself, plus plenty more besides. Another spectacular weekend for all petrol heads in the bucolic Sussex countryside.

Race Podiums
Race 1. Sir Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy
1st – #66, H. Stanley/J. Cottingham, Jaguar E-Type
2nd – #33, P.Keen/J. Minshaw, Jaguar E-Type
3rd – #59, R. Lips/D. Franklin, Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Race 2.Festival of Britain Trophy
1st – #15, M. Gillies, ERA A-Type R3A
2nd – #11, M. Gans, ERA A-Type R1B
3rd – #14, D. Ricketts, ERA E-Type GP1

Race 3. Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
1st – #78, M. Dunlop/S. Plater, MV Agusta 500/3
2nd – #16, P. Bardel/J. Haydon, Matchless G50
3rd – #68, M. Russell/M. Rutter, Norton Manx 30M

Race 4. John Whitmore Trophy
1st – #43, A. Jordan/N. Swift, Morris Mini Cooper S
2nd – #104, R. Dumas/A. Middlehurst, Morris Mini Cooper S
3rd – #55, M. Neal/J. Smith, Austin Mini Cooper S

Race 5. Glover Trophy
1st – #25, A. Middlehurst, Lotus-Climax 25
2nd – #133, T. de Silva, Lotus-BRM 24
3rd – #8, M. Shaw, Lotus-Climax 21

Race 6. St Mary’s Trophy Part 1
1st – #73, R. Dumas, Ford Thunderbird
2nd – #77, A. Jordan, Austin A40
3rd – #138, M. Fassler, Austin A40

Race 7. Whitsun Trophy
1st – #69, P. Keen, Lotus Ford 30
2nd – #9, O. Bryant, Lola-Chevrolet T70
3rd – #5, T. Sinclair, Lola-Chevrolet T70

Race 8. Sussex Trophy
1st – #18, J. Cottingham, Tojeiro-Jaguar
2nd – #4, S. Hancock, Ferrari Dino 246 S
3rd – #24, R. Wills, Lotus-Climax 15

Race 9. Chichester Cup
1st – #9, P. de la Roche, Lola-Ford Mk2
2nd – #11, W. Mitcham, U2-Ford Mk2
3rd – #33, C. Drake, Terrier-Ford Mk4 S1

Race 10. Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
1st – #78, M. Dunlop/S. Plater, MV Agusta 500/3
2nd – #68, M. Russell/M. Rutter, Norton Manx 30M
3rd – #16, P. Bardel/J. Haydon, Matchless G50

Race 11. Richmond Trophy
1st – #25, B. Mitchell, BRM Type 25
2nd – #1, M.Griffiths, Lotus-Climax 16
3rd – #14, W. Nuttall, Cooper-Bristol Mk2

Race 12. Brooklands Trophy
1st – #47, D. Pittaway/E. Williams, Frazer Nash TT Replica
2nd – #37, P. Blakeny-Edwards/N. Swift, Frazer Nash Saloon “The Owlett”
3rd – #9, P. Blakeny-Edwards/T. Hurst, Frazer Nash TT Replica

Race 14. Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration
1st – #1, O. Bryant/D. Turner, AC Cobra
2nd – #17, E. Pirro/F. Wakeman, Lister-Jaguar Coupé
3rd – #13, S. Lynn/A. Priaulx, AC Cobra

Race 15. St Mary’s Trophy Part 2
1st – #73, B. Shepherd, Ford Thunderbird
2nd – #12 G. Williams, Jaguar Mk1
3rd – #34, R. Meaden, Alfa Romeo, Giulia Ti

Race 16. Freddie March Memorial Trophy
1st – #10, D. Hart, Maserati 300S
2nd – #12, S. Brooks, Jaguar D-Type
3rd – #74, M. Hunt, HWM-Jaguar

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