Goodwood Revival Hits Top Gear On First Day With Fiat 500

Goodwood Revival

The long awaited Goodwood Revival has moved into top gear Friday 8th September 2017, with its usual riot of colour, costumes and classic cars.

Around 150,000 people are expected over the weekend at Goodwood’s sell-out event, in which the Motor Circuit is transported back in time to the halcyon days of 1946 to 1966.

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Goodwood Revival Style & Colour – Image courtesy of @stevepullen2

This year, the 19th Revival meeting is celebrating a number of exciting milestones:

We remember the Formula 1 season of 1957, in which Fangio won his fifth and final Formula One World Championship and Vanwall emerged at the vanguard of British Grand Prix ambitions. Don’t miss the recreation of the 1957 Nürburgring pits, presented by UBS, where you can see the cars up close.

Goodwood Revival – Scottish Flavour

There is a Scottish flavour to this year’s event as we commemorate Edinburgh accountant and gentleman driver David Murray, founder of one of the world’s greatest privateer racing teams. Created in 1951, Ecurie Ecosse took on the biggest works team of all time and won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1956 and 1957. We mark the 60th anniversary of that second win with a special parade.

There is a wonderful line-up of on-track action, starting with this evening’s Kinrara Trophy, a 62-minute race for closed-cockpit cars of the type that raced up to 1962. Such is the value of these racers – including some of the most that mouth-watering Ferraris, Aston Martins and Jaguars – that the grid is thought to be worth around £150 million.

10th Anniversary

The entertainment continues on Saturday and Sunday, both on the track and in the skies. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation (FMSoA) presented by Avtrade, and don’t miss the Settrington Cup, in which 140 peddle cars go head-to-head with junior aces at the wheel.

Fiat 500

Away from the track, there is plenty to amuse the young and old. There’s a new Revival Cinema presented by Sky Cinema located in the Over The Road area. We also celebrate the Fiat 500’s 60th birthday in a unique track parade and at our ‘piazza’ at Gate 2.

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Fiat Parade – Image courtesy of @stevepullen2

For the first time this year, visitors can also enjoy the very best in vintage fashion at the Revival Emporium presented by Mastercard. The new feature showcases beautiful contemporary fashion brands alongside pure vintage shows from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, as well as the Best Dressed competition at 3pm each day.

GOODWOOD BY NUMBERS

  • 3000 litres of paint are used
  • 320,000 litres of water in the Henley Rowing Club were poured into the ‘river’ outside the Drivers’ Enclosure
  • Official Lap Record, in period, both set during the Sunday Mirror
  • International Trophy Race, 19 April 19

– Jim Clark, Lotus-Climax 25, 1 min 20.4 sec, 107.46 mph

– Jackie Stewart, BRM P261, 1 min 20.4 sec, 107.46 mph

  • Fastest Revival lap time set in the 2010 Whitsun Trophy

– Andrew Smith, Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spider, 1:18.954, 109.43 mph

  • Lap distance – 2.4-miles
  • Coolest people ever to race at the Revival would be, among others, Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Gerry Marshall, Sir Stirling Moss, Barry Sheene
  • The St Mary’s Trophy will feature a grid which boasts a combined total of 343 BTCC race victories
  • The combined engine size of the Whitsun Trophy is a staggering 148,747cc. In contrast, the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy is a mere 14,872cc
  • There are more than 450 individual pieces of signage
  • 130 TVs are brought in for the event areas
  • fiat-500 parade
    2017 Revival 8th / 9th September 2017
    Photo: Drew Gibson

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