Getting ready to go back in time at the Revival

The RAC TT Celebration race - one of the on-track highlights at the Revival.   Picture: Paul Jacobs (073547-15)
The RAC TT Celebration race - one of the on-track highlights at the Revival. Picture: Paul Jacobs (073547-15)
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It’s nearly time to climb aboard the Goodwood Revival time machine again – but this year some of the most spectacular action is likely to be in the air, not on the track.

The biggest historic race meeting in the world is renowned for the exciting wheel-to-wheel retro battles that take place between cars from the 1940s-1960s.

Vintage Fashion

Vintage Fashion

However, this year the big crowds flocking to the circuit near Chichester next week will also be looking skywards as Goodwood stages a special tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire (pictured), the most famous fighter plane of all time.

An amazing 14 of these iconic aircraft are due to take part in an aerial display that promises to live long in the memory.

Down on the ground, a mouthwatering collection of racing cars, from Ferraris to Aston Martins, Lotuses and Maseratis, will be driven hard around the track.

Meanwhile many spectators will dress up in period-themed outfits, turning Goodwood into a giant film set as the event recreates the heyday of British motor racing.

More than 130,000 people are expected to sample the unique Revival atmosphere over three days from September 16-18.

It’s a chance to leave behind the ‘modern world’, as only period vehicles are allowed within the circuit throughout the weekend,

bands play nostalgic music and even the chips are wrapped in news headlines of yesteryear, while corn stooks are harvested the old-fashioned way.

Next Friday sees official practice and qualifying, while Saturday and Sunday boast a packed programme of historic racing featuring a host of famous names.

Stars due at the Revival this year include legendary racers Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and John Surtees, plus Le Mans heroes Tom Kristensen and Derek Bell and US stars Bobby Rahal and Kenny Brack.

Also getting behind the wheel will be ex-F1 driver Gerhard Berger and BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle.

Meanwhile in the paddock you can expect to bump into celebrity car fans including TV chef James Martin, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and comedian Rowan Atkinson.

There’s plenty to see and do away from the track too.

Saturday is Ladies’ Day, with Champagne awarded to the best-dressed women as judged by fashion experts.

There’s also a concours d’elegance for pre-1966 aircraft on Sunday and a Bonhams auction of classic cars and automobilia on Friday.

Other Revival attractions include a funfair, a huge vintage market and a period Tesco supermarket, selling authentically-packaged family favourites including cream soda, Tunnocks’ tea cakes, Double Diamond beer, salt ‘n’ shake crisps and Warburton’s rolls.

Tickets start at £36 and admission to the Revival is strictly by advance ticket only – Saturday has already sold out. Children 12 and under go free and those aged 13-18 go for half-price.

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