Chinook Mk2-Chevrolet of Canadian Jay Esterer won the Whitsun Trophy for sports prototypes.
Photo: Peter Collins
If you arrived at Goodwood just after the gates opened on any of the three days (September 16-18) there’s every chance that you were greeted by the sound of V12 engines firing up. Nothing unusual in that, as the Goodwood Revival is the premier historic race meeting, but these were Rolls Royce Merlin-powered Spitfires accelerating down the grass runway that served as RAF Westhampnett in wartime and around which was built a perimeter road that became a racetrack that exists today very much as originally opened.
This is just one aspect of the multi-layered attention to detail that has become a Goodwood hallmark and which brought record crowds through the gates for the 14th running of this unique theater in which the cars are the stars but the supporting acts can be found wherever you look. Many spectators are themselves supporting acts, choosing to dress in attire that might have been seen during the circuit’s heyday between 1948-1966. So the scene is set for the “magical step back in time.”
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