AN OLYMPIC champion on two wheels was due to join world champions on four wheels as the Goodwood Revival roared into action today.
Six-time gold medallist and cycling superstar Sir Chris Hoy and Formula One legends Sir Jackie Stewart and John Surtees are among famous faces getting behind the wheel at the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting.
Sir Chris, our greatest-ever Olympian, has now retired from the velodrome and taken up motorsport as a hobby. At the Revival he’s due to take part in the St Mary’s Trophy race in a Mini Cooper S.
Traffic built up from early this morning on the A27 as tens of thousands of people, many in period dress, made their way to the track near Chichester for the annual three-day celebration of racing’s golden age in the 1950s and 60s.
The advance ticket-only event is a sell-out, meaning attendance will match the 146,000 of last year.
Comedian Rowan Atkinson, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, celebrity chef James Martin and DJ Chris Evans are all set to join in the fun as the 1948-1966 heyday of Goodwood is recreated.
Big names from the history of motorsport taking part include Sir Stirling Moss, Jean Alesi and Derek Bell, while modern F1 is represented by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and ace designer Adrian Newey and Sky F1 commentator Martin Brundle.
Racing highlights are set to be today’s Freddie March Memorial Trophy and Sunday’s Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration featuring a grid of Ferraris, Astons and E-Types worth £150m.
In the air there’ll be displays featuring Spitfires and Hurricanes and on Sunday a Lancaster bomber flypast will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the wartime Dambusters raid.
The Revival is being streamed live online this year – go to goodwood.co.uk.