16 Sept 2012

Speedmonkey goes to the Goodwood Revival

During the Second World War the Goodwood Motor Circuit was a key Battle of Britain airfield.  After the war Freddie March (the current Lord March's grandfather) turned the perimeter road into a racing circuit.

Britain's first post-war motor racing event took place at Goodwood on 18 September 1948 - and racing continued on a regular basis until it closed in 1966.  Fifty years later Goodwood circuit re-opened for what is now an annual event - the Goodwood Revival.

Over the course of the Revival weekend motor racing fans gather to watch, and hear, pre-1966 racing cars and bikes in action.  The vast majority of people - competitors, marshals, fans alike - dress in period costume and the place is alive with period detail.

Speedmonkey was lucky enough to attend the 2012 Goodwood Revival.  With a full racing programme ones entire day can be spent trackside but there is also much to see and do in the paddock and surrounding areas.

The highlight of this year's festival were the Silver Arrows - the 1930s racers built by Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz.  The cars featured technology and power way ahead of the their time.  Up close and personal they look, and sound, sensational.

We have split our photograph galleries into three separate sections - cars, bikes and Silver Arrows.