Dramatic racing, a string of circuit debuts for some fearsome cars, two fantastic centenary celebrations, and the inaugural C&SC People’s Concours in the Revival Car Show, put the 2011 Goodwood Revival up with the best in the event’s 14-year run of success.
The action and displays on track were matched by an improved period atmosphere, several incidental paddock surprises and a stellar turnout of diverse classics – from the run-of-the-mill to both rare and seven-figure value – in the Revival Car Show.
The latter was full to capacity on all three days, with the turnout creating massive competition for the C&SC People's Concours – a visitor-vote for their favourite car on display.
Strong contenders included a pair of Ferrari 250 GTEs – driven from Italy to attend the event – and a Facel Vega HK 500 (above), but the award went to David Callaghan’s superb Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, with the noted 300SL authority now to receive a bottle of bubbly from team C&SC. Three randomly drawn voters will also get a bottle of fizz.
Highlights of the weekend’s 16-race programme (see Saturday and Sunday's race reports) were complemented by an impressive parade of competition fare in the daily tribute (below) to F1 champ Juan Manuel Fangio – who was born 100 years ago – and Lord March’s creative efforts to mark 100 years of Ford in Britain.
The latter showcased the sole-surviving Carrimore transporter (below), complete with a couple of Ford Anglias on the back – along with a twin-engined 1963 Ford Doe Triple-D tractor, plus a 1970 Ford Zephyr Mk4 Camper that was built by the Walklett brothers of Ginetta fame.
Dagenham’s racing efforts were well represented, too, with a pair of Ford GT40s (including a roadster), a Lotus-Cosworth 49 and the 1970 World Cup Rally-winning Ford Escort Mk1.
The track antics and tribute displays meant the close-of-play meeting awards were hotly contested, with Ford Model T specialist Neil Tuckett picking up Pride of the Parade for an amazing showing of Model T variants.
Rolex Driver of the Meeting went to Sam Wilson after his epic battle in a Cooper-Ford T59 against Peri Enrico Tonetti’s Brabham-Ford BT6 and Jon Milicevic (also driving a Cooper-Ford T59, below) in the Chichester Cup, with all three smashing the existing Formula Junior lap record and being separated by less than half a second at the chequer.
Picking up the award for Fastest Lap by a Lady Driver was Revival stalwart Desiré Wilson who put in a spectacular 1:29.436 (at an average of 96.6mph) with the Red Rose Jaguar E-type Lightweight — before her dramatic off — during the all-E-type Fordwater Trophy.
Fastest Lap of the Meeting went to Whitsun Trophy runner-up Gary Pearson for the 1:19.686 (108.42 mph) lap he pulled off in a Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder.
Best Presented Team went to Rae Davis Racing for its efforts in fielding a 1965 Renault 8 Gordini in the St Mary’s Trophy, but it was the epic driving of Goodwood newcomer Derek Hill – son of former F1 champ, the late Phil Hill – in the rain-sodden RAC TT Celebration that most impressed.
Hill junior was awarded the Will Hoy Memorial Trophy for the Greatest Drive in a Closed Cockpit Car (the Maserati Tipo 151, below), with owner Laurence Auriana picking up the Spirit of Goodwood Award for the 400bhp Maser’s Goodwood debut and spell-binding first competitive outing since 1962.
As ever, the paddock dished up some period gems. C&SC favourites included the ex-works Gordini and Maserati transporters – Laffly and Fiat 642 trucks respectively (below) – tucked between the paddocks just one row from the Ecurie Ecosse and Ferrari transporters, both Revival regulars.
Another standout included a Ford Galaxie estate acting as support vehicle to Mustang specialist Bill Shepherd’s Ford Galaxie 500 while a Monteverdi Hai outside the Jackie Stewart Pavilion was an unexpected treat, despite its post-’66 infringement.
Adding to the 1960s retail feel delivered by Tesco was Kenwood’s period-liveried Morris J van – an entrance piece to highlight the company’s on-site period demonstration kitchen, complete with marketing material for the company’s post-war kitchen accessories and recipe books.
A full set of race results follows (Driver/s, car & time)
RACE 1 GOODWOOD TROPHY
J Mac HULBERT ERA D-type R4D 20:25.902
Julian MAJZUB Alfa Romeo 308C 20:26.629
Frank STIPPLER Maserati 8CM 20:27.326
Michael GANS ERA B-type R1B 20:28.423
Paul MULLINS ERA B-type R7B 20:30.600
RACE 2 EARL OF MARCH TROPHY
Sam WILSON Kieft-Norton CK52 20:05.235
Gordon RUSSELL Mackson-Norton 20:05.627
Nigel ASHMAN Kieft-Norton CK52 20:12.350
J.B. JONES Cousy-Triumph 20:14.525
Peter KUMLIN Effyh-JAP TT13 20:22.777
RACE 3 BARRY SHEENE MEMORIAL TROPHY
FITCHETT-McWILLIAMS Norton Manx 500 26:21.007
AMOR-NOTTON Norton Manx 500 26:39.248
GRANT-JOHNSON MV Agusta 500/3 26:39.402
SMART - LEIGH Matchless G50 27:00.479
PEMBERTON BARFE-SIMPSON Hansen Honda CR450 27:18.134
RACE 5 WHITSUN TROPHY
Jay ESTERER Chinook-Chevrolet Mk2 25:25.996
Gary PEARSON Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder 25:34.812
Chris CHILES Hamill-Chevrolet SR3 25:43.188
Shaun LYNN Ford GT40 25:45.954
Marcus MUSSA McLaren-Chevrolet M1B 25:48.939
RACE 6 FORDWATER TROPHY
MINSHAW-STRETTON Jaguar E-type 'semi-lightweight spec' 45:28.337
BERGER-NEWEY Jaguar E-type lightweight 45:30.304
PEARSON-OLIVER Jaguar E-type lightweight 46:18.689
BUNCOMBE-GRAHAM Jaguar E-type lightweight 46:18.788
PEARSON-YOUNG Jaguar E-type 'semi-lightweight spec' 45:31.010
RACE 7 CHICHESTER CUP
Sam WILSON Cooper-Ford T59 20:20.275
Pier Enrico TONETTI Brabham-Ford BT6 20:20.458
Jon MILICEVIC Cooper-Ford T59 20:20.725
Philipp BUHOFER Lola-Ford Mk5A 20:29.011
Michael HIBBERD Lotus-Ford 27 20:29.730
RACE 8 FEDDIE MARCH MEMORIAL TROPHY
Tony WOOD RGS-Jaguar Atalanta 25:47.960
Nick ADAMS Lotus-Bristol MkX 26:05.679
Patrick WATTS Allard J2 26:06.707
Lukas HUNI Maserati A6GCS 26:07.959
Ben CUSSONS Jaguar C-type 26:33.259
RACE 9 MADGWICK CUP
Dion KREMER Elva-BMW Mk8 20:10.288
Roger WILLS Elva-BMW Mk8 20:10.599
Chris GOODWIN Lotus-Ford 23B 20:15.912
Denis WELCH Lotus-Ford 23B 20:31.073
Simon DIFFEY Lotus-BMW 23B 20:45.816
RACE 10 RICHMOND TROPHY
Gary PEARSON BRM Type 25 18:44.738
Tony SMITH Ferrari 246 Dino 18:45.247
Nick WIGLEY Connaught C-type 18:47.755
Stuart ROLT Ferguson-Climax Project 99 18:48.925
Eddie McGUIRE Lotus-Climax 16 18:50.088
RACE 11 BARRIE SHEEN MEMORIAL TROPHY
DONALD-TAYLOR Matchless G50 25:35.021
OVERSBY-SHARPE MV Agusta 500/3 25:35.441
SMART – LEIGH PEMBERTON Matchless G50 25:43.830
FITCHETT-McWILLIAMS Norton Manx 500 25:44.234
GRANT-JOHNSON MV Agusta 500/3 25:49.678
RACE 12 ST MARY’S TROPHY – PART 2
Richard SHAW BMW 1800 TiSA 25:22.311
James WOOD Ford Galaxie 500 25:35.138
Nick SWIFT Morris Mini Cooper S 25:37.918
Richard POSTINS BMW 1800 TiSA 25:52.392
Henry MANN Ford-Lotus Cortina Mk1 25:52.611
RACE 14 RAC TT CELEBRATION
BRACK-KRISTENSEN Shelby American Cobra Daytona Coupe 40:11.664
BRUNDLE-HALES Ferrari 250 GTO 40:33.656
HILL-COLASACCO Maserati Tipo 151 40:54.472
OLIVER-PEARSON AC Cobra Le Mans Coupe 41:12.194
MINASSIAN-WERNER Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' 41:19.555
RACE 15 GLOVER TROPHY
Andy MIDDLEHURST Lotus-Climax 25 20:55.967
Paul DRAYSON Lotus-BRM 24 21:22.591
Alan BAILLIE Cooper-Ford T71/73 21:29.894
Sid HOOLE Cooper-Climax T66 21:30.172
Mark PIERCY Lola-Climax Mk4 21:31.245
RACE 16 SUSSEX TROPHY
Alex BUNCOMBE Lister-Jaguar 'Costin' 21:28.178
Bobby VERDON-ROE Aston Martin DBR1 21:37.242
Anthony REID Jaguar D-type 'long-nose' 21:47.573
Barrie WILLIAMS Tojeiro-Jaguar 21:54.959
Rob HALL Jaguar D-type 22:04.251