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Goodwood Revival Meeting 2018

WOW... Simply wow. There are no other words to explain how Saturday of the Goodwood Revival meeting was for me. It started as normal with a little walk around the Over the Road area and a peruse of the stalls. I took the footbridge into the actual Goodwood Motor Circuit complex and was hit by the atmosphere. It may have been early but the crowds were out in force and the outfits were as original as ever. To the track I went and got to hear the noise of the Fordwater Trophy and see the pole sitter Sam Tordoff fluff the start but work tirelessly to reach the podium. The highlight of today's racing has to be the Settrington Cup.

Seeing the junior drivers race the well prepared Austin J40 pedal cars down the start finish straight round the chicane and take the chequered flag was sensational. You can forget the E Type Jaguars, Ferrari GTOs and the Ford GT40s this was the race to watch. 

The day got even better when I had my Goodwood catch up with Norman Shum of Liverpool Cars & Coffee. He introduced me to a few of his friends, Ray, Frazer, Jeannot and Rainer, from there the day just ran away from us. 

The practice session for the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration got underway and what a practice session 

that turned out to be. AC Cobra's racing against TVR Griffith 400 creating some great action and even greater sounds. The best part of the day was getting the opportunity to enter the Members only Paddock and get up close to the millions of pounds worth of vehicles. Walking between rows of Ferrari's, Jaguars and Lotus was unreal with hardly any people around was refreshing. We spent a few hours in there with plenty of gasps, oohs and aahs. The teams were so friendly and happy to stop and chat about the vehicles they were putting so much effort in to. 

The afternoon saw the running of the Goodwood Trophy and the Whitsun Trophy amongst others. There was so much variety on offer including Grand Prix cars, saloon cars and the unlimited sports cars. The sights of Ford GT40s and Lola T70s going metal to metal is a sight that you never tire of, pure racing pedigree and being raced in the same manner today as the day the were built.

We were graced by true drivers this weekend and today saw, F1 pundit and the Williams Heritage driver, Karun Chandhok put the McLaren-Chevrolet M1A through its paces during the Whitsun Trophy race. From great drivers to great cars... the ERA R5B 'Remus' stretched its legs showing us that it was still a dedicated racer and not just retired to the Winners Parade. It was great to see Charles McCabe pushing his foot to the floor and reliving the moments which have been relegated to history.

Well it has been a long day but we finished it off with a pint and a wander around the Classic Car Park. It is safe to say that today is one of my most memorable.