A Landmark Year For Goodwood
Beneath the roar of Spitfires soaring overhead, the 12th-14th September 2014 welcomed the 17th annual Goodwood Revival. Two aged veterans thundered amongst the Spitfire escort; Second World War Lancaster bombers restored to their former glory.
1950s jet aircraft, the Canverra and the Hunter among them, swooped quick and low over the heads of spectators, and row upon row of period motors lined up on the grass, classic Porsches sparkling beside 1960s Ferraris, elegant Jaguars and antiquated Bentleys.
Classic cars racing at the Goodwood Revival
This year marked a very special year for Goodwood and one of its most famous associates. Jackie Stewart, one of the true greats of motor sport, celebrated an important anniversary – fifty years since he made his breath-taking debut in a single-seater car at the Goodwood circuit.
Jackie Stewart racing at Goodwood
Races across the weekend included the star-studded St Mary’s Trophy, the RAC TT Celebration and the Glover Trophy. For all of its amazing atmosphere, many celebrities have been vocal in proclaiming that Goodwood’s main lure, the factor that keeps them coming back year after year, is this world-class competitive racing.
Rowan Atkinson, who’s driven at the event since its inaugural run in 1998, said: “I’m an extremely middling amateur racer, but what I like about the racing is that it’s serious; far more competitive now than it was when it started… It’s hard-nosed motor racing.”
Rowan Atkinson racing at Goodwood
Vintage fashion on show at Goodwood
As is always the case at Goodwood, the festival was as much a celebration of motoring’s enthusiasts as its cars. The event has become the world’s largest motor racing and vintage culture event, and thousands of visitors submersed themselves in the history of the cars that stole the show.
Described by Rowan Atkinson as “a fancy dress party with 40,000 people,” spectators donned hacking jackets and faux furs. Almost all were committed to the authenticity of the event, and, for those lucky enough to enter, walking in was like stepping back in time, a black and white photograph brought to life.
As ever, a number of vintage motors were auctioned off at the event, through the annual Bonhams auction.
A Lagonda racer from the 1930s stole the show, selling for a stunning £1,569,500 - a world record price for the famed British marque at auction. The pre-war LG45R was arguably the most visibly recognisable racing car from its period. It had a storied history, having competed in the 1937 Le Mans 24 Hours, RAC Tourist Trophy and BRDC 500 Miles Events.
James Knight, Bonhams’ group director of motoring, commented: “Top lot, the Lagonda EPE 97, captured everyone’s attention with its illustrious racing history, but with several star cars, bidders had a huge diversity of motoring to ignite their interest.”
To make sure that you don’t miss out on next year’s amazing event, visit the offical site for news on tickets: http://grrc.goodwood.com/section/goodwood-revival/
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