A wonderful week-end, well worth the travel (and the money)! I just returned to this country, having had to endure a nasty throat and chest infection despite the sunshine.
Wonderful freshness about the whole week-end, not a downscaled Revival by any means, it was a true enthusiast's meeting in its own right. Much smaller crowds, and room to see everything. I hope the company met its fiscal aspirations, I would certainly go back for more.
Highlights? Oh, where to start... I thought the Group A/Group 1+ cars fitted in perfectly well, and they did provide excellent racing. And also some humourous touches...a Dolomite Sprint in works Triplex livery, racing sans windscreen,,,how's that for ultimate trust in the sponsor's product?
Watching Nick Swift drift the Cooper S (1071 surely, the cutoff year being 1963...) through Madgwick inch-perfect, lap after lap...lap average of 92 mph in a car with a top speed of not much more than 100mph - hugely impressive. But as a Mk 2 Jaguar enthusiast, I do wish Grant Williams had been there to mix it with the Mins and the Cortinas. After all, the Mk 2 was still a force in 1963.
Like one or two others; I am not too keen on demonstrations, but the Langheck display worked wonderfully well, to my eyes. The F40 was run at sufficient pace to make these cars juuust starting to stretch their legs a little bit, reminding me of my nocturnal walks in the Mulsanne woods through many a June night in the late Eighties. And don't those cars look purposeful...
compare them to the latest LMP monstrosities.
The Mk 4 Ford looked so tiny, not at all the big 7-liter brute i had been expecting...re-inforcing my impressions form the Revival last September. But the cream of the crop....the irresistible wail of the Matra. Worth the entry ticket on its own, I reckon.
An no signs of any traffic jams, coming into the circuit - or leaving after a long day. Yes Mr Goodwood Sir, more of the same, please! (But an air display would not go amiss...)