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Region’s star cars are a hit at Goodwood Revival

Thousands turnout for the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting to see the world’s rarest and most expensive classic cars

French racing driver Romain Dumas in the Coventry built 1959 Jaguar Mk2. Picture by Dave Edwards www.newboldimages.co.uk

They're some of the most iconic examples of the region’s manufacturing – and all have been on show at the Goodwood Revival.

The event, the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, opened its doors last weekend to the world’s rarest and most expensive classic and race cars and other impressive machinery.

Among them was the Mark IXB Supermarine Spitfire built at Vickers in Castle Bromwich in 1943, a host of Longbridge-built Mini Coopers and the Coventry-built 1959 Jaguar Mk2.

Thousands of visitors braved the inclement weather to attend the sell-out event, which featured a calendar packed with landmark events.

Highlights included the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s first world championship, 50 years of the Mini Cooper S and the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, the German firm’s motorcycle division.

 

Luminaries including Sir Stirling Moss, Richard Attwood, John Surtees and Derek Bell took part in the event which also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first Goodwood nine hour.

A 90-minute, two-driver race which saw classic race cars from Jaguar, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ferrari and Austin-Healey compete into the early evening took place to mark the occasion.

More than 30 Midland-made Jaguars competed, including a number of D-Types, E-Types and Mark II saloons, plus a C type once owned by Juan Fangio.

An F-Type was joined by a pair of E-Types in the Earls Court motor show area, alongside a number of other cars of the future from the period.

Alongside its motorcycle and Mini celebrations, BMW also presented its classic collection, with models from BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. One particular highlight was a trio of 1800TI/SA touring cars, one of which driven by multiple touring car champion, Johnny Cecotto.

Other drivers competing in Goodwood’s myriad races included Jean Alesi, John Cleland, Dario Franchitti, Christian Horner, Tom Kristensen, Nick Mason and Tiff Needell.

  • The pictures were supplied by Dave Edwards of www.newboldimages.co.uk
 

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