Goodwood Revival 2012.

The Goodwood Revival is regarded as the finest classic car event in the UK.

In the September of 2012 we attended in the Saab to experience everything it had to offer.

Famous for it's exotic cars, classic aeroplanes and authentic atmosphere, we had high expectations for our day at the track.

The Famous Goodwood Circuit



Arriving in the Saab gave us the opportunity to park close to the action as pre 1973 classics could park just outside the track, next to the Victorian fair. Directed by a saluting RAC patrolman, we rolled up next to a Bentley and were soon joined by a fine looking Triumph sports car.









The field filled up, to become the largest collection of vintage cars imaginable.

Not all were shiny, but all great looking cars and a diverse array of styles and colours.

Jaguar XK120

Great looking old car









Down at the track we were greeted by a line up of expensive sports machinery, waiting to begin the first race.

All the racing action was close and exciting but without any macho hot-headed driving that leads to accidents and chaos.

Professional drivers racing like Gentlemen, from a time when racing was a civilised competitive sport.

The Goodwood starting grid









Squadron of Spitfires

Up in the air a rare chance to see not just one Spitfire but four, flying in close formation.

One of the best sounds in the world multiplied by four and such an elegant sight flying low in the sky.

The Spitfires could also be watched landing and taking off from the grass airstrip inside the circuit.



Cleared for landing......











Back on the track fearless motorcycle riders were riding bikes to the limit in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy.

An interesting mix of BMW, Aerial, Norton, BSA and Triumph bikes; all competing to complete as many laps as possible in the 25 minute race duration.

Bikes at Woodcote bend









Favourite race of the day was the St Mary's Cup. A race for production based saloon cars from the 1950's.

The line up included Jaguars, Sunbeams, Austins, Fords, Fiats and Alfa-romeos.

Favourite race car was the 1959 Tatra 603 with its air-cooled, rear mounted V8 engine.

Tatra with rocket booster exhausts

Austin A40 edges out Jaguar at Lavant bend

Racing Austin Metropolitan









Inside the circuit the Art-Deco buildings hosted a classic motor show.

There was a small collection of the very finest vintage cars, notably a black Jaguar XK120, a lightweight CSL BMW and an Austin Healy 3000.

Our vote for best car in show went to the fabulous Mercedes Gull-wing 300SL.

Earls Court Motor Show



300SL - just fantastic











Outside the motor show you could visit the paddock to see cars waiting to race and meet the drivers.

Also a chance to see the aircraft parked up.

In the Paddock

Auto-union and Mercedes Silver Arrows









Aside from the racing action, there was an old fashioned fairground (with up to date prices) and numerous stalls to buy vintage and retro artefacts and clothing. Classic car and bike dealers were there and everyone dressed in their finest "Country Gent" outfits gave the whole day a very special feel.

If you like classic cars and bikes or vintage aeroplanes the Revival is worth a visit.

Below is a selection of photos to give a feel for the action.

A terrific day. Hope to go again some day.









Vintage Biplane

Even the breakdown trucks were Classic

BSA Scrambler


Lancaster Bomber with Fighter Escort

Richmond Lollypop Girls


Scrambling and Sidecar Cross




Super-charged V16 Auto-union.
Loudest thing ever heard.