The 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Revival was a roaring success. The event was a complete sell out, with 146,000 people attending across the three days. Some 400 cars and motorbikes competed in 15 races, travelling from five continents. Two thousand five hundred hula hoops, 500 yoyos and 500 Slinkys were given away to guests, and the Goodwood Farm made 16,500 burgers and 20,000 sausages for the race weekend.
Friday evening saw the start of racing, and it was Emanuele Pirro and Niklas Halusa who won the Kinrara Trophy in the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’. It was perhaps one of the most photogenic races ever staged, with the most glorious sunset as the cars raced down the Lavant Straight.
Opening the proceedings on Saturday, Darren Turner took his first ever win at the Revival, in the Fordwater Trophy, at the wheel of the works 1950 Aston Martin DB2. Sam Tordoff took second place in his 1953 Porsche 356 despite bogging down on the line and entering the first corner at the back of the pack.
The Goodwood Trophy was won by Calum Lockie in a 1938 Maserati 6CM.
In the inaugural Jack Sears Memorial Trophy it was the Jaguar Mk1 that proved to be the car to beat, with three of them on the podium, the winning driver, however, was John Young in a 1958 Jaguar Mk1.
It was Mike Whitaker in a 1966 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder that won the Whitsun Trophy at the third time of asking.
Closing Saturday was the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, won by Martin Hunt in a 1954 HWM-Jaguar.
Sunday’s racing opened with the Chichester Cup, resulting in Andrew Hibberd taking the win in a 1962 Lotus-Ford 22.
Nicholas Padmore claimed the Richmond Trophy in a 1958 Lotus-Climax 16, but overall race winner awarded the Gordon Trophy was William Nuthall in a 1960 Cooper-Climax T53 ‘lowline’.
The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, set across two races and an aggregate result, was won by Herbert Schwab and Troy Corser taking turns on a 1929 BMW R57 Compressor.
Another aggregate result taken from both St Mary’s Trophy races saw Andy Priaulx and Steve Soper win in the latter’s 1963 Ford-Lotus Corina Mk1.
Father-and-son pairing David and Oliver Hart were triumphant in the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration in their 1963 AC Cobra.
The penultimate race winner was Joe Colasacco in the Glover Trophy, driving a 1965 Ferrari 1512.
Drawing a close on racing, and winning the Sussex Trophy, was Phil Keen in a 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’. A mother-of-all-comeback drives, he started from the pitlane and charged to victory 25 minutes later, his team manager even shedding a tear.
At the event’s prize giving, the Duke of Richmond presented several awards to the best and fastest drivers and riders of the weekend. The fastest lap on two wheels was given to Troy Corser on the 1929 BMW R57 Compressor for a 1min 32.927 lap. However, the fastest lap of the weekend went to Karun Chandhok in a 1964 McLaren-Chevrolet M1A for a 1m 20.238.
The Rolex Driver of the Meeting was presented to Darren Turner for winning the Fordwater Trophy, coming second in the Whitsun Trophy and having a great drive in the TT, all without making any contact with another competitor, three very competitive races in three very different cars.