2016 Goodwood Revival

by Hannibal Reitano

The Goodwood Revival returned to Sussex for three days of vintage racing. 

On speed and noise, it was hard to believe these were the same 50-year-old cars that I-was-there veterans associate with the greatest days of Goodwood’s first heyday, which ended in 1966. E-types and Cobras were quickest and most spectacular back then, and this was also how it was this year: a 1963 E-Type driven by Chris Ward and saloon ace Gordon Shedden won the TT from two closely following Cobras — but only after a desperate lunge for the lead led to a spectacular circuit departure for another Cobra driven by Giedo van der Garde.

Not even a three-day Goodwood meeting can cover all varieties of classic racing, but the organisers took a brave stab at it, staging races for Ferrari’s 250GTO and rivals, the ERA single-seater and rivals, the Lotus 23B sports prototype and rivals, for Bristol-engined cars either side of the war, for pre-D-type sports cars, for Maserati 250F grand prix cars and rivals, for the Ford GT40 and rivals. At the Revival, racing comes thick and fast. 

Goodwood’s enduring secret has always been to supply reassuring nostalgia in large doses, with fascinating dashes of variety to go with it. This year’s special features included a 30-car tribute to three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham (the only man ever to win a championship in a car bearing his own name), and a parade to mark the 50th anniversary of the 3.0-litre grand prix formula that bred iconic cars like the Lotus 49 and led to the modern aerodynamic era.

Goodwood Revival 2016

Fair Rides

Ford GT 40

Sir Jakie Stewart

1962 Lotus

Geri Halliwell at the wheel

Geri Halliwell, Chistian Horner, Alex Bamford and Jo Bamford

Scuderia Subzero Corvette

Craig Davis and Miles Davis

In Black and White it appear to be a 1960's photograph

Race Control

Spitfire and Mustang

Low flight Bristol Bleheim Bomber

Lord Charles March

Grid Girls

Chequered Flag

The Start 

Grid Formation

Sir Jakie Stewart



Tiff Needell

Jo Bamford, Alain de Cadenet and David Benett

Period Dressing

John Surtees

Stirling Moss

Le Mans Aston Martin's

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner

The Famous Ecurie Ecosse Racing Transporter

Rolls Royce Silver Dawn Convertible

Dario Franchitti and Hannibal Reitano

Grid Girls and Hannibal Reitano