Story and Photos by Ed McDonough
The 12th Goodwood Revival was a huge and complex event. 15 races for historic cars and motorcycles is just a small part of what goes on over a four day period. A Drivers’ Cricket Match starts the ball rolling on Thursday with a proper garden tea party at Goodwood House, with everyone already in period dress.
Practice on Friday sees enthusiastic spectators show up in thousands and the party gets bigger all weekend. The racing is out on the track, but overhead, hundreds of vintage aircraft and WWII fighters put on fantastic displays. Celebrities of all sorts…James may of Top Gear, US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, rock stars, Lord Peter Mandelson of the British government, were only a few.
There were celebrations for the 80th birthday of Sir Stirling Moss, the 50th anniversary of the Mini…with a mini-skirt competition thrown in, and the 75th anniversary of ERA cars. Nearly 100 cars driven by Stirling Moss circulated in tribute to him on each day, and there was a massive moving demonstration of every type and derivative of Mini as well.
Goodwood’s Acting Guild produces Laurel and Hardy, George Formby and other famous show business personalities who put on shows for the crowds non-stop. And this year, horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna pranced among the dining tables on their hind legs at the giant gala dinner. This was followed by indoor fireworks in the hangar where the gala was held. Incredible.
2009 Goodwood Revival – Behind The Scenes