Thousands join Goodwood Revival’s first day of action

Goodwood Revival kicked off yesterday. Inset, festival-goers dressed for the occasion
Goodwood Revival kicked off yesterday. Inset, festival-goers dressed for the occasion

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  • Tens of thousands of people join the first day of the Goodwood Revival
  • Classic motorcars, aerial displays and vintage clothing all mixed together
  • Today will Top Gear presenter Chris Evans auctioning off some of his rare motors
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IT WAS a thrilling start to the first day of the Goodwood Revival as tens of thousands of visitors descended on the motor circuit.

Classic motor cars, Battle of Britain air displays and the vintage clothing all caught the eye at the start of the three-day festival. Goodwood’s Lord March said the action was a ‘dream come true’.

‘Even now I have to pinch myself when the cars come out to race and every year,’ he added.

Visitors could marvel at the motor circuit’s transformation, with many spectators arriving in period outfits.

Petrolheads were treated to a rare sight as the only six Shelby Daytona Coupes ever made raced around the track.

Motoring marvels will be back on parade today, with dozens of high-end cars going under the hammer. Among them will be a number owned by television and radio star Chris Evans – the new host of Top Gear.

The pinnacle of these will be a rare right-hand drive 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy with an estimated value of £2.6m-£2.9m.

Also included are a number of other high-end Ferraris and a replica of the iconic car from 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In addition to his cars, Chris will auction a number of other items with the proceeds going to BBC Children In Need.

James Knight, Bonhams’ group motoring director, said there are also cars with an ‘interesting’ social history story.

Speaking of a BMW 328 cabriolet he said: ‘What’s so nice about this is it belongs to the same gentleman who bought it in 1968, but he bought it in Czechoslavakia and drove the car out of Czechoslovakia to avoid the oncoming oppression that was coming in from the Soviet regime.’

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