Stars from film and music join the fun at Goodwood

Cars and drivers lined up in the assembly area.'' Picture: Sarah Standing (123008-6335)
Cars and drivers lined up in the assembly area.'' Picture: Sarah Standing (123008-6335)
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Film star Ewan McGregor donned his leathers and a period helmet and joined in the action at the Goodwood Revival yesterday.

He climbed aboard a classic Manx Norton and led the warm-up lap for the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy before leaving the real racing to two-wheeled heroes including Wayne Gardner, Troy Corser and Jeremy McWilliams.

McGregor, a keen biker when he’s not on film sets, was among many famous faces lapping up the special Goodwood atmosphere as the sun shone on the Revival’s second day.

Pink Floyd drummer and car fan Nick Mason and TV presenter Noel Edmonds were spotted, while stars from the world of motorsport included Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Tony Brooks, Martin Brundle, Jean Alesi and American hero Dan Gurney.

The racing programme was fast and furious, with close dices at high speed and a number of cars spinning off into the grass but escaping the barriers.

Tens of thousands of spectators, many in period dress, enjoyed stepping back in time and watching racing that aims to recreate the circuit’s 1948-1966 heyday when it rivalled Silverstone.

Legendary ex-F1 commentator Murray Walker, who lives in the New Forest, was also enjoying the unique Revival atmosphere and got back behind the microphone for the quietest race of the day - the inaugural Settrington Cup for Austin J40 pedal cars that featured a Le Mans-style running start and then a furious dash down the main straight by the young drivers.

There was plenty going on in the sky as well, with aerial displays by Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs and a choreographed flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Races got under way yesterday morning with the Goodwood Trophy and the thrills and spills continued until the last race of the day, the Chichester Cup. This year crowds can then stay on into the evening to visit the funfair, quench their thirst at the Spit ‘n’ Sawdust pub and dance to live music at the Butlin’s bandstand.

Today sees more track action, with seven races including the jewel in the Revival crown - the RAT TT Celebration race for closed-cockpit GT cars where the grid of Ferraris, Aston Martins and AC Cobras is worth an estimated £100m.

The event is a complete sellout, with up to 140,000 people expected over the three days.

■ Admission to the Revival is strictly by advance ticket only. Don’t miss The News tomorrow for a report and pictures, plus follow the Revival on Twitter using hashtag #thenewsatrevival