Start of the Whitsun Trophy
Start of the Whitsun Trophy

Goodwood Revival 2017 – Report and Photos

The Goodwood Revival 2017 was held during the weekend of September 8-10 at the 7-turn, 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Lord March and his team consistently gather the best of the best from classic motorsports and organize them into exhilarating races and exhibitions. Put all of the pieces together — which Goodwood does better than anyone else — and you’re left with the perfect race weekend that’s impossible not to enjoy, even with the trying weather conditions found this year.

The Spirit of Goodwood award went to Juan Manuel Fangio’s sons, Ruben and Cattio Fangio, who had bought tickets to the this year’s Revival to call on the way to see the Pope. They knocked on Lord March’s door unexpectedly and were delighted to learn that the year they’d chosen to visit was the same year Goodwood celebrated Fangio’s most famous (and arguably greatest) victory, which took place at the Nürburgring in 1957. The Maserati 250F he drove that day was at the 2017 Goodwood Revival.

The Rolex Drive of the Meeting went to 18-year-old Oliver Hart who, on his Goodwood debut, was fighting for the lead in the RAC Tourist Trophy when his fearsome Cobra suffered an engine failure that put him out of contention. The Will Hoy Memorial Trophy, for the greatest drive in a closed cockpit car, went to Richard Meaden. He lost the St Mary’s lead in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti on the last lap, only to regain it in time for the chequered flag. It was a clean, close, race-long battle.

Our extensive Goodwood coverage continues with Julien Mahiels’ stunning gallery that gives a wonderful overview of this fantastic event. Similar to 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Julien also documented the wet-and-wild track action at the 2017 Goodwood Revival. Hope you enjoy as much as we have.

Goodwood Revival 2017 – Photo Gallery (photos: Julien Mahiels)

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  1. It’s simply amazing that the winner of the 2017, Graham Hill Trophy race was not covered. A TVR Griffith 400 soundly beat all the AC Shelby Cobras, Ferrari’s LM and GTO’s with their twelve cylinder engines, E-Jaguars, regular, lightweight and aero dynamic; Bizzarini’s, Lotus Elans S2’s one of the finest handling cars of that period, and the rest of the sixties GT’s. It seem from my media experience that when the other marques win they are given lots of recognition; however, when a Griffith 400 puts the favorite marques to shame it is not covered. Sometimes I, in my opinion, feel that the Cobra, Ferrari, Jaguar, groups don’t like to let people know that their automobiles were soundly beaten by a TVR Griffith driven by fellow like Mike Jordan, and should not be given any publicity whatsoever.

    Niguel Reuben Racing has really done a great job of preparing those TVR Griffith 400’s in the UK. My hat is off to them, and Mike Whitacre who kept the Griffith close to the Shelby AC Cobras.

    In conclusion, the Ferrari, Jaguar, and AC Shelby Cobra supporters and affictionados were in shock and amazed at the defeat of their always winning cars. There is no doubt in my mind that the TVR Griffith 400 would have won the 2019, race at Goodwood had it not broken a tail muffler pipe clamp. The Griffith past the winning E-Jaguar as if it was standing still. See the 2019, race on U-tube. By the way, there were ONLY 59 TVR GRIFFITH 400’S, GRIFFITH 400’S IN THE STATES MADE OR PRODUCED FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD, SO IT’S A EXTREMELY RARE SPORTS CAR.