I woke early, like a kid at Christmas, yes it was my first time visiting the Goodwood Revival meeting. The cameras were ready and the tweed was donned, I was ready to go. As I took the short drive to the Goodwood Motor Circuit I was joined on the journey by a familiar noise, before anyone says, it was not coming from the Land Rover. I looked up and there were four stunning aircraft two Spitfires and two Hurricanes with the memorable roaring sound of the Merlin engines. What an amazing start and I hadn't even got one foot into the circuit yet.
The surprises continued as I crossed the road and entered the main motor circuit to be faced by a full size powered steam locomotive, who would have thought. This was the first event I had ever been to where everyone embraced the theme and atmosphere, donning period dress. From Army Captains, Racing Drivers to Gentlemen fresh from the shoot, everyone was covered and the ladies looked stunning too even those in their cleaning outfits.
As it was my first time at Revival, I really wanted to experience the circuit, the cars and soak up the atmosphere. There were events happening all over the site including an absolutely amazing Conman Entertainer in the form of Nick Stein (www.nickstein.co.uk) he wowed the crowds and definitely added to the overall atmosphere. The paddocks were full and the celebrities were out in force for this the first day. I was in awe at some of the machines on display and talking to the Drivers and teams who get them to the startling.
Well for the most part, Friday is practice day, with all the cars heading out to the track so that the drivers can check the cars and get used to the twists and turns. Well that soon went out of the window with drivers treating it like another race day
The practice laps came thick and fast and the cars were getting closer and closer.
It was great to see and old acquaintance, Mike O'Brien out on track for the Chichester Cup in Mike Flewitt's Lotus Ford 22, a practice which as every other, got closer than some would like at times. We also was blessed to see the great John McGuinness take to the track for the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy after missing out on most of this season due to the disasterous crash in the North West 200 last year.
With it being the 20th Anniversary of the Goodwood Revival Meeting we had a few special treats on track including the Revival Winners Parade, showcasing the winners from all classes over the last twenty fabulous years of historic motor racing at Goodwood. The parade was lead by Ludovic Lindsay's stunning ERA R5B 'Remus' the winner of the Woodcote Cup, the first ever race of the newly opened track 50 years after its closure. As the day progressed to evening the practice got ever more competitive. Before we knew it we had reached the climax of the day, the one we had all been waiting for... The Kinrara Trophy.
Nearly thirty cars lined up for what was said to be one of the most expensive races of the weekend, It was estimated that the value of cars taking to the track was around £200 million and included the one of a kind Ferrari 250 'Breadvan'. The drivers continued to push the classic machines to the limits deep into the West Sussex sunset. It is a sight that one will not forget for many years to come. The likes of Ferrari 250 GTs heading off Jaguar E-Types through St Mary's and flying down the Lavant Straight was simply amazing.
If this is only the start then I cannot wait for Saturday and Sunday!