The Goodwood Revival time machine brings out big crowds

NICE MOTOR  Tony Steele with his 1960 Lola Mk11. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122996-4983)
NICE MOTOR Tony Steele with his 1960 Lola Mk11. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122996-4983)

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FILM STARS, rock stars and driving legends are among tens of thousands of people jumping aboard the Goodwood Revival time machine from today.

The world’s most popular historic motor race meeting near Chichester features three days of pure nostalgia on and off track as the modern world is left beyond the circuit gates.

Traffic built up from early this morning on the A27 as people made their way to Goodwood, many dressed in period fashions.

The ticket-only event is a complete sell-out, meaning attendance will match the 138,000 of last year.

Ewan McGregor, Rowan Atkinson, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and singers Katie Melua and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are all joining in the fun as the 1948-1966 heyday of the Goodwood racetrack is recreated.

Meanwhile, big names from the world of motorsport including Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Jean Alesi, Martin Brundle, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Adrian Newey and Christian Horner are getting behind the wheel.

The racing programme features the kind of cars and motorcycles that would have competed at Goodwood when it rivalled Silverstone as the home of British motor racing.

The circuit echoes to the spine-tingling bark of golden-age grand prix cars from the 50s and 60s, thundering sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars and little-seen Formula Juniors.

Highlights are set to be today’s Freddie March Memorial Trophy, marking the 60th anniversary of the first Goodwood Nine Hours race with a 90-minute, two-driver race into the evening twilight, and Sunday’s one-hour, two-driver Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration.

Cars have arrived at Goodwood from around the world to create what is believed to be the most expensive vehicle display ever seen.

From 15 Ferrari 250 GTOs at £20m each and a collection of Auto Union and Mercedes grand prix cars from the 1930s worth more than £100m, Revival organisers estimate the total value of machines taking to the track to be in excess of £600m.

There’s also action in the air, with displays featuring Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes and a Thunderbolt. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also perform a special display.