27 September 2016

Goodwood Revival 2016 Report

The 2016 Goodwood Revival was another superb event. The Hagerty team were there in force- not only on our stand (complete with an Alvis Saladin armoured vehicle, Willys Jeep and Royal Enfield despatch bike) but also out and about interviewing, recording and talking photographs.

This year, for the first time, we reported live using video streamed onto our Facebook page, giving behind-the-scenes access to areas usually out of reach to the public. We reported from the pits, the paddock and trackside during some of the most enthralling racing we've seen in a long time.

The Revival is now in its 19th year, and the fact that the racing remains fresh and exciting is a testament to Lord March's propensity to embrace sensible change. One such change this year was the Kinrara Trophy, a 60-minute, two-driver twilight race for pre-1963 GT cars. As I watched from the roof of the pits, I was astonished by the collection of cars that assembled on the grid: more Ferrari 250 GT SWBs that I'd ever seen in one place before, an Aston Martin DB4, a DB4 Zagato, the Bamford 250 GTO, and pretty much all of the famous racing E-Types were there. At the front was Joe Macari who, with his co-driver Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, qualified in pole. As the cars left the line and screamed towards the first corner I mentally added up the values... somewhere over £150m I gave up; the first corner had the potential to be the most expensive car crash in history. Against all odds the field cleared the corner with Macari still holding the lead, but he was soon overwhelmed by the professional drivers around him.

A few laps later, Macari's silver 250 GT SWB pulled into the pit lane, and Kristensen took his place. Over the next few laps this man, brought in at the very last minute to replace Jason Plato, showed why he is a master of GT endurance racing. He carved through the field, winning ahead of James Cottingham and Andrew Smith's 1961 E-Type.

We know not everyone can make it to Goodwood and experience this kind of event up close, so we’ve put together this gallery of our favourite photographs. They will hopefully give you a feel for the nature of the event- be sure to subscribe to our monthly newsletter if you want to read our Revival interviews with Brian Redman, John Surtees, Patrick Tambay and Derek Bell.

We hope you enjoy the photographs above- remember to scroll onto the other pages to see the rest.

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