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Little Classics Feature: 17 September 2013
Images: By kind permission of Goodwood

Class and Classics at Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival Ferrari LineupDespite the summer well and truly ending the week before, crowds didn’t let the positively autumnal weather dampen their spirits as Goodwood Revival attracted thousands between 14th and 16th September.

Goodwood Revival 2013With tickets sold out for every day long in advance, it was set to be an outstanding event before it even got going.

It's one of those events you feel part of before you even arrive, playing spot-the-classic on the journey there, with each classic car driver giving that knowing nod. When you do arrive, the car park alone would keep most classic car enthusiasts happy for the day, with a dedicated parking area for all pre 1972 vehicles.

Once in, you need to make a decision about what you want to see, as the event is a smorgasbord of vintage and classic car delights – boosted further by vintage entertainment and stalls.

1930s Alfa RomeoOnce again Bonhams provided an eye-watering auction that would see one 1930’s Alfa Romeo fetch nearly £6 million. Alongside, numerous other classic cars saw several million pounds change hands. Read our Bonhams at Goodwood review.

Outside of the auction, the splendidly turned out crowds – mainly dressed in period attire – were taking in the revival market and entertainment of the time.

Of course, even with all of the various attractions, vintage and classic cars are the backbone of this event.

Goodwood Revival Earls CourtGoodwood Revival 2013 on the trackBoth March Motor Works and a mock Earls Court Motor Show make the event more than your average car show, instead building a more authentic feel and giving the cars a feeling that they’re living in their time, not icons of the past. In fact, throughout the weekend no vehicles built after 1966 is allowed into the circuit, meaning competitors and exhibitors alike rely on over 200 period vehicles for support.

Of course, there is no escaping that the main structure of this site is a race track - and the track is where the main action happens.

Goodwood Revival 2013 on the trackThe tarmac rarely had a chance to cool as both modest and absolutely priceless classic racers test there metal against each other is real competition style.

With past F1, LeMans and Touring Car drivers taking to the track, the celebrity races are a great way to see racing legends showing that they’ve still got it.

Alongside the celebrity races, classic sports cars and single-seat racing makes up the majority of the track time. It's a thrill to see the machines being put to work as they were first designed.

Even when the heavens opened, these hugely valuable machines were still being pushed as close to their limits as the drivers dared.

Goodwood Revival is a delight to attend and an event that brings theatre, class and classis cars seamlessly together. Alongside Goodwood Festival of Speed it is difficult to think of more suitable setting for the world’s classic cars.

Now, there's just enough time to think about next year’s outfit!

Photo Gallery from John Lakey

John Lakey can be contacted about photography and his latest DVD “MGB50: A Year to Remember” via email: mgb50dvd@gmail.com

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