The Goodwood Revival has roared off the startline, turning the famous motor circuit near Chichester into a giant film set.
Traffic built up from early this morning on the A27 as tens of thousands of people, many in period dress, headed for the sold-out annual celebration of the track’s racing heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.
Attendance for the three-day event is expected to match last year’s figure of 146,000 and enthusiasts have travelled from all over the world to enjoy the unique Revival atmosphere and see priceless historic racing cars go wheel to wheel.
Legendary racer Sir Stirling Moss and his wife Lady Susie were among the early arrivals, along with Le Mans winners Derek Bell and Emanuele Pirro.
Overnight rain made the track a bit greasy, but a steady stream of batches headed for the assembly area to get in practice laps ready for the weekend’s racing. Meanwhile Dad’s Army were on parade, land girls mixed with RAF officers and Audrey Hepburn lookalikes walked arm-in-arm with country gents.
Six-time Olympic gold medallist and cycling superstar Sir Chris Hoy is due to join in the fun when he gets behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper S in the St Mary’s Trophy race. Other famous names expected at the Revival include Sir Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Jean Alesi and Martin Brundle, plus Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner and design chief Adrian Newey.
Comedian Rowan Atkinson, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, celebrity chef James Martin and DJ Chris Evans will also be lapping up the action.
Apart from practice sessions and the first race, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, today will see Battle of Britain Memorial Flight air displays featuring Spitfires and Hurricanes and a rare Canberra, plus a peleton of period bicycles taking to the track to mark the Tour de France’s 100th anniversary.
The Revival is being streamed live this year at goodwood.co.uk. Don’t miss our coverage here, in The News on Saturday and Monday and on Twitter using the hashtag #newsattherevival