Archive for the ‘Goodwood’ Category
Editor in Chief Tom Johnston has just published the Spring 2012 edition of Vantage – the VRCBC Newsletter. This time, Robin Fairservice tells the story of the post war 500cc motorcycle-engined, Formula 3 which started the careers of so many subsequently famous drivers and constructors. Mike Tate has some more personal reflections on last year’s Goodwood Revival, and Tom Johnston tells the story of the circa mid-50’s Jones Lake Hill Climb. Check out the very ‘attractive’ spectator and entrant fees in the SCCBC Event Notice re-printed on page 15. Those were the good old days! Tom also explains some of the background to the Snell and SPI certification bodies.
META stalwarts and VRCBC members, Linda and Manny Zumm had a great time at this year’s Goodwood Revival. They sent us the following ‘trip report’ and many photos which really capture the atmosphere of this event. Check out their photos under the Gallery / Photos menu or click here.
The Goodwood Revival was on the Bucket List and friends in the UK made it possible. The tickets were purchased, a cottage rented just 5 miles from the Goodwood estate and the clothes put together by various means. The 3 day event exceeded all expectations; the track, the people, the racing, the atmosphere, and the legends of motorsport – even the weather didn’t disappoint. All typical English weather, a little bit of everything. Even the parking lots showed the passion, love and money of Vintage Motorcars. Lastly, the patience of queuing every morning to get into the grounds, at least 1-2hrs each day.
This is an event even for the non-motor racing people; people watching, shopping, fair grounds, eating, drinking, and lots of walking. The track, all 2.38 miles, is visible from all areas, lots of flushable portable toilets! So clean. Of course the countryside and villages are idyllic for the event.
There were special events between races, Ford UK 100th anniversary parade, Sir Stirling Moss’ 82nd birthday celebrated by Bunny Girls delivering the cake, a Battle of Britain air show with a Lancaster and 10 Spitfires ( the ones the Germans didn’t get), Motorcyclist champions and the 50th anniversary Jaguar Race.
Goodwood will be remembered fondly forever.
Update: Linda has just published their story on the BMO CyberPensioners website (here) as well.
“It was an incredible spectacle from the first green flag to the last chequered one. Was it all too much? Not a bit of it. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”