The Goodwood Revival 2017 starts today, and what better way to celebrate the occasion than taking a look at the most memorable videos from last year. If this year turns out to be anything like The Goodwood Revival 2016, we’re in for a real treat. So sit back, grab some snacks, and enjoy.
The first video just so happens to feature the first race of the Goodwood Revival 2016. Encompassing closed cockpit cars built before 1963, this one-hour race got heated up on a number of occasions. Everyone was going for it, and that made for an exciting spectacle at the close chicane. The fact that the race turns from evening to dusk midway through is another bonus as well.
This has to be the most dangerous race at the Goodwood revival. For cars to be eligible, they had to be built pre 1950. This means that most of them are post-war race cars, with the occasional pre-war vehicle here and there. The Goodwood Trophy is a testimony to the human’s indestructible motorsports spirit. Watch Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Maseratis and MGs go head to head. The sky was getting ready to open up, which would have made for a dramatic race given the car’s ultra-skinny tires.
This is considered to be, by many, the grand highlight of the entire Goodwood Revival weekend. The 60’ to 64’ built monsters battle it out in what has to be the most exciting motorsport spectacles of the year. You can find anything, from Cobras to E-Types, from small straight-six engines to large V12s and everything in between. If you have to watch a single video from this entire list, this might as well be it. Naturally, the Cobras dominated the grid with their massive power, but they were caught up by the balanced E-Types on several occasions. Eventually, the Cobra driven by Frank Stippler and Michael Squire went on to win the event.
St Mary’s Trophy
Although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I really enjoy watching St Mary’s Trophy year in and year out. Last year it was a single-make race with two models: the Austin A30 and the A35. The cars aren’t that fast, but the fact that they’re all similar in terms of speed ups the excitement. Oh, the fact that a lot of famous BTCC names are piloting most of the cars helps as well.
I’ll be honest here: the Lavant Cup isn’t always great to watch. The pre-54’ sports cars look good, but the racing isn’t always that fun to watch. Last year the heavy downpour of rain made things might interesting however. With a ton of close calls, divebombs under braking and a number of saves by sheer luck, it turned out to be the race you didn’t want to miss. Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself as BMWs, Bristols and ACs go wheel to wheel.
A great name for an even greater race. If you’re a fan of fast but slightly difficult to control race cars, this is the one you should have on your radar for 2017. Sports Prototypes with enormous V8s, a handful of Ford GT40s, and even a rare Lotus 19 recreation. Rob Huff took home the win in the Lotus, with Mike Whittaker in the T70 giving close chase.
A dozen Ferraris, Aston Martin DBR4s, and even the odd Maserati 250F here and there. Need we say more? The Richmond Trophy featured the best dogfight of the weekend, a clash between Tony Wood in his Technica Meccanica-Maserati and Julian Bronson in the Scarab-Offenhauser. They even collided, with Branson holding his hand up as a sign of apology. He won the race after Wood’s car failed to make it to the finish line.
If you’re not satisfied with the RAC TT and want more similar racing, you come to watch the Sussex Trophy. It’s essentially a racing series for racing cars built between 1955 and 1960. We’re talking Lister Coupes, Jaguar D-Types… you get the idea. Several close calls went and by, until inevitably, a three-car collision meant the safety car had to be deployed. The checkered flag was waved early as a result.
Tired of watching modern Formula 1? We have just the answer: the Glover Trophy. The official race was held back in the 1950s and the early 1960s, with Stirling Moss winning the race on two different occasions. The drivers piloting the cars during the revival didn’t hold back either. The race saw the lead being swapped three different times, something you rarely see in modern F1. Turn your speakers up and enjoy.
Freddie March Memorial Trophy
We end the article with the last race of the Revival Saturday. Dubbed the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, it features sports cars which raced back in Goodwood’s iconic Nine Hour races. The wet conditions made the race that much better, with plenty of drift action and overtaking.