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16th September 2013 |

Thousands of enthusiasts attend ‘The Goodwood Revival’ to see the world’s most expensive classic and race cars.

Visitors braved the undesirable weather to attend the sell-out event. This year’s event included the 50 years of the mini Cooper S, Jim Clark’s first world championship, and the 90th anniversary of BMW’s motorcycle division.
The event also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first Goodwood. Over 30 Jaguars competed in a race to celebrate the 60th anniversary, including D types, E types and Mark II saloons, plus a C type once owned by Juan Fangio (who’s Ferrari sold for a record £19.6 million at the festival of speed earlier this year).

The weekend also marked 50 years since the origin of the GT40 programme. 27 Ford GT40’s took to the rack to compete for the Whitsun trophy. The first GT40 wasn’t completed until early 1964, however the Ford project actually began a year earlier in 1963, when Henry Ford II – snubbed by Enzo Ferrari over the sale of his company to the Michigan-based automotive giant – set out to beat ‘Il Commendatore’ at his own game, with sights set firmly on victory in the Le Mans 24-Hours race. This resulted in Ford opening an advanced vehicles base in Slough to deliver this goal and the GT40 program was led by the engineer the produced the Lola Mk6 GT that first raced in 1963, similar to the GT40. Ford went on to become an endurance racing icon, winning four years in a row at the 24 Hours race at Circuit de la Sarthe. Goodwood played a key role in the development of this racing great, with Lola carrying out much of the initial testing at Goodwood as the GT40 evolved from the existing Lola Mk6 design.
Red Bull Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey and former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack came out on top winning the 2013 Whitsun Trophy race.

Other well known racing drivers competing included Jean Alesi, John Cleland, Dario Franchitti, Christian Horner, Tom Kristensen, Nick Mason, Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell, Adrian Newey, John Surtees and Andy Wallace.

Vintage motoring fashion is a major theme at this weekend’s Goodwood Revival, with many visitors dressing in their finest period clothing from the Forties, Fifties and Sixties.

Usually the best dressed are those working at the event, including approximaty 80 Goodwood Actors Guild (GAG) actors and actresses. They might make an appearance as, dancing Mods and Rockers, Butlins Redcoats or even airline captains with an entourage of stunning air hostesses.
Overall it was another successful year for the Goodwood revival despite the changing weather..

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