Goodwood Revival Meeting 2014

| 15 Sep 2014

As the sun set on the Goodwood Revival for another year, enthusiasts are still reeling from the brilliance of the event. With 150,000 visitors to West Sussex over the three days of the event, most were enthralled by the on-track racing and non-stop off-track entertainment. Packed with stars, both racing and just visiting, and a roll-call of aces such as Derek Bell Henri Pescarolo, Jackie Stewart as well as young guns such as Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde, the standard of racing was higher than ever. As was the number of crashes, though thankfully we have heard of no serious injuries. This evocative first shot sums up the event for us, as Jon Minshaw drives the Lister Knobbly to victory as night falls during the Revival's racing opener, the Sussex Trophy. 

All pictures LAT/Jeff Bloxham

One of the highlights of this year's Revival was a tribute to Jackie Stewart. The event amassed nearly 30 cars from the Scottish three-times F1 World Champion's career, ranging from the Marcos GT Xylon to his championship-winning Tyrrell-Cosworth 006.  

Young William Tyrrell fought past 35 rivals to take a brace of victories in the fiercely contested Settrington Cup, contested by children in Austin J40 pedal cars.

Final race on the Saturday evening was a hot Whitsun Trophy, a 25-minute race for pre-1966 sports-prototypes. It was a topsy-turvy affair and here Andrew Smith in the 1965 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder dices with Chris Goodwin in the 1966 McLaren-Chevrolet M1B.

You will probably never see so many Jaguar D-types (and XKSSs)in one place again. Not only were there enough to hold a special parade (as there was for Maserati 250Fs), but also to hold a unique one-model race, won by Gary Pearson in the number 17 car.

A special addition for 2014 was the introduction of a harum-scarum Shelby Cup in honour of the late, great Texan. The 45-minute two driver race for smallblock-powered cars was dominated by Fords, especially Mustangs, but a smattering of Plymouths and a Dodge tried to keep them honest. Most entertaining was the Studebaker Lark Daytona 500 being driven by Matt Neal and Nick Whale.

Thanks to the once-in-a-lifetime presence of two Lancaster bombers, the 2014 air displays will live long in the memory. Our favourite photo, however, captured the Hunter and Canberra looking majestic in the Sussex skies.

The RAC TT Celebration has long been a centrepiece of the Revival and this year's was a real showstopper, including a six-car traffic jam of spinners at the Chicane in which, astonishingly, there was no damage. Here the semi-lightweight Jaguar D-type of Robin Liddell and Matt Nicholl-Jones harries the Jamie McIntyre and Bobby Verdon-Roe ISO Bizzarrini A3C.

It was an emotional moment when D-Day Landings veterans were driven round the circuit in a parade of war machinery to mark West Sussex's contribution to WW2. Although there were plenty of Jeeps, it was almost unbelievable to see a tank among the 100 vehicles and 400 people taking part in the parade.

Although Mike Jordan took the spoils in Part 2 of the St Mary's Trophy, the high point of both races was the battle between the epicly quick Justin Law and perpetually sideways Grant Williams in their MkI Jaguars. Law is always a podium favourite and the showboating Williams – who races only once a year, at Goodwood – is always a crowd-pleaser. 

The attention to detail is always one of things that visitors are most impressed by, but we suspect that glamour may have overtaken historical accuracy in the case of this much-photographed grid helper.

Many of the sideshows at Goodwood change year on year, but the Glamcabs girls have become a firm favourite. They are cheeky, too, and always up for a bit of banter.

Much was made of the mods and rockers theme in 2014, with a Brighton Pier stand, 'bikes everywhere and regular run-ins, but we found the prospect of taking on the St Trinian's girls – who would pop up unexpectedly all over the event and then go on the rampage – far more terrifying.