2012 Goodwood Revival

1st September 2012

With just two weeks to go until the 2012 Goodwood Revival gets underway, 14th -16th September, the nostalgic appeal of the world’s most authentic historic motor race meeting continues to impress.  For the first time since the 1930s, the legendary pre-war ‘Silver Arrows’ Grand Prix cars will be reunited on-track at this year’s Revival, marking the 75th anniversary of their first appearance in the United Kingdom. In addition the Revival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the AC Cobra with the finest collection of the most significant and authentic racing AC Cobras ever assembled in the United Kingdom, which will also feature in their own one-model race on the track at Goodwood.

Drivers past and present, from all forms of racing from around the world, will also compete over the weekend, with Derek racing a Jaguar Mk.1 in the St Mary's Trophy and a Ferrari 250 GTO in the TT. Look up to the skies and you will see aircraft that have a long association with Goodwood taking part in displays.

The huge variety of rare aircraft at this year’s Revival will complement the motor racing on terra firma. The origins of the Goodwood Motor Circuit are based around the perimeter road of former RAF Westhampnett, a key Battle of Britain airfield and the location of Sir Douglas Bader’s final sortie. Throughout the Revival weekend a series of legendary will be flying over the famous motor circuit. In addition to air displays featuring the Spitfire, Mustang, Hurricane and Thunderbolt, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also perform a special display. Mike Davis, the head of new Freddie March Spirit of Aviation sponsor Midair, will be displaying his Canberra, recently fully restored and the only remaining airworthy example in the world.

Down on the ground, the prestigious Midair ‘Freddie March Spirit of Aviation’ – an aeronautical ‘concours d’elegance’ that recalls the style and excitement of flying as it used to be – will mark its fifth anniversary with some exceptional, rarely-seen aircraft making their Goodwood debut. These are set to include a Catalina, Supermarine Seafire, Yak II, a Douglas Skyraider, a BE2 (of Biggles fame) and a Beech Staggerwing, piloted by Bill Chamey who is flying this machine around the globe! 

Freddie March, the present Earl of March’s grandfather, was a keen aviation engineer, as well as an accomplished racing driver and vehicle coachwork designer. This attraction for historic aircraft built up to 1966 – the same cut-off year as all motor vehicles permitted on site during the Revival meeting – is in memory of the great man who had such an influence on Goodwood.  

The Revival recalls the halcyon days of motor racing as it used to be in Goodwood’s heyday up to 1966, with all of the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the era, with competitors and spectators alike dressed in period fashions. The event promises an exceptional selection of the best machinery on the planet with a spectacular array of cars and motorcycles, plus fabulous star drivers and riders to thrill the crowds on all three days of motor racing.


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