By Graeme Hurst
A raft of motoring-related anniversaries will headline the action on the track at this weekend’s Goodwood Revival in the UK.
The three-day racing event kicking off on Friday, 16 September will feature a daily parade of 75 iconic racing Ferraris to mark 75 years since Enzo Ferrari founded the eponymous company in 1947, with the cars featuring in many of the 15-strong race line-up. Visitors can expect to see the ex-David Piper green-and-yellow-liveried Ferrari GTO which famously won the Kyalami 9-Hour as well as earlier models that made their mark internationally, including the 1955 750 Monza and 1961 156 ‘Sharknose’.
Also headlining the weekend will be an all-MGB grid for the Lavant Cup to mark the famous British sports car’s 60th anniversary. The 30-strong entry list will include some of the most decorated examples that saw action at Le Mans and Sebring, as well as other famous tracks, at the hands of racing greats such as John Fitzpatrick and Sir Stirling Moss.
The famous WWII airfield-turned-race-circuit in Chichester will also celebrate the centenary of one of motoring’s all-time icons: the humble Austin 7, with 100 examples of the car that famously made motoring an affordable reality for the masses on display. A daily two-lap parade will include road-going models of all variations as well as commercial and military examples. They’ll take to the track with numerous racing specials with which many a historic racing driver cut his teeth, and which are still campaigned with much affection in historic trialing and race meets.
And adding to the anniversary theme will be a display of 40 racing cars to mark six decades of F1 legend Graham Hill’s first World Championship which he famously secured when he beat championship leader and race favourite Jim Clark at the season-closer, the 1962 South African Grand Prix in East London no less! The BRM P578 (or ‘Old Faithful’ as it’s commonly known) he campaigned in South Africa’s first F1 fixture will be demonstrated around the track by his son, 1996 F1 Champion Damon Hill. And, fittingly, the Revival will also feature another race car that shared the grid that December day 60 years ago: the 1961 Lotus-Climax 21 with which 1963 South African Driver’s Champion, the late Neville Lederle, took sixth place to secure an F1 Championship point. Likely to be sharing the pits with Hill’s BRM for the first time since East London, it will feature in the Glover Trophy at the hands of current owner Alex Morton.