Chris Evans and family join starts at Goodwood Revival

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DJ, TV presenter and confirmed petrolhead Chris Evans is trying to make his passion for Ferraris a family affair.

He was at the Goodwood Revival yesterday and eagerly accepted an invitation to climb aboard an exotic red racer with his wife, Natasha. Then their toddler son, Noah, complete with ear defenders, joined them as they were surrounded by photographers eager to capture the moment.

Evans, who has a collection of Ferraris garaged at his Surrey home, joined luminaries including Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees in a special parade around the famous Goodwood track, featuring a collection of cars raced by five-time Argentinian F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio throughout his illustrious career.

Tens of thousands of spectators, many in period dress, saw damp weather give way to sunshine and lapped up some exciting action on the second day of the biggest historic race meeting in the world.

Race after race provided great entertainment, with close dices at high speed featuring cars from the circuit’s 1948-1966 heyday. There were some offs into the barriers, but fortunately all that was hurt was the drivers’ pride.

Legendary ex-F1 commentator Murray Walker, who lives in the New Forest, was enjoying the unique Revival atmosphere and said: ‘Goodwood is never anything other than a constant joy to me. It is a fabulous occasion.’

As cars were driven hard by stars including F1 pundit Martin Brundle, eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey, there was also an evocative flypast featuring a Lancaster bomber flanked by two Spitfires and a mass parade of Ford vehicles to celebrate the firm’s centenary.

Races got underway yesterday morning with the Goodwood Trophy and a packed programme continues today. The event is a sellout, with up to 135,000 people expected over the three days.

Celebrities climbing aboard the Goodwood time machine include Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and comedian Ross Noble.

The two highlights of the whole meeting are expected to be today. Up to 14 Spitfires are due to take to the air as Goodwood celebrates 75 years since the first of these iconic fighter planes took off from Eastleigh, near Southampton - and cars worth a total of more than £100m will contest the RAC TT.

■ Admission to the Revival is strictly by advance ticket only. Don’t miss The News tomorrow for a report and pictures.