Goodwood Revival 2014

“We have people everywhere” is somewhat overstating the Drivers’ Garage reach but we did have Dave at the 2014 Goodwood Revival. Here’s his report:

As the name suggests, the revival is a revival of the race meetings held by Freddie March that were held at the perimeter road of a wartime grass airfield from just after WW2 until 1966.

Goodwood Revival is now at the pinnacle of the Historic Motor Racing calendar and the very rare and very expensive cars are really raced, with a good proportion of the grid want to win with inevitable consequences.

The two most thrilling races are the Whitson Trophy for the likes of GT40s, Lola T70s, McLaren M1s and other cars, all united by having far more power than either brakes or roadholding, and the RAC TT Celebration for E Types, AC Cobras and other closed top GT cars.

This year saw Christian Horner (in his Ferrari! 250SWB), Rowan Atkinson, Tiff Needel, Derek Bell, Steve Parish, Mick Grant, Kevin Schwantz, Troy Corser, Jackie Oliver, Giedo van der Garde, Max Chilton, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees and Sir Stirling Moss doing demonstration laps

It’s not all about cars though and there are fantastic air displays with many WW2 fighters and bombers including Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster bombers. Oh, and few people dress up for the part too.

If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite for our Goodwood Revival 2014 photos, check out Chris Harris’s video of his participation in the RAC TT Celebration in 2013 in the Lister Jaguar Coupe or the video where Kenny Brack manhandles the Ford GT40 around the circuit.

Simply awe inspiring.

Cars featured: Alfa Romeo 308C, Allard J2, Ferrari 250SWB, Elf Tyrell, AC Cobra, ISO Bizzarini A3C, Ferrari 1512, McLaren Chevrolet M20. Planes featured: Canberra, Hunter, Douglas DC-3 Dakota, P-51D Mustang, Hawker Hurricane, Lancaster, Messerschmitt 109.

Cars and Coffee by the River – September 2014

Article content: The inaugural ‘Cars and Coffee by the River’ including a Lamborghini Espada, four Ford 351 GTs, a Porsche 911 996 GT3, a De Tomaso Pantera and two De Tomaso Longchamps.

Given the success of Cavallino Cars and Coffee organised by the Sydney Automobile Club, I was a little sceptical as to whether a second Cars and Coffee event in Sydney could be a success but hey, I love cars and I’m a big fan of coffee so I thought why not check it out?

There was good attendance, without ever getting really busy. The friendliness of the car owners made the event for me. For example, I’ve never been asked by an owner if I want to have a picture taken with me inside the car, but yes, I have some lovely pics of me and my little son in a white De Tomaso Pantera. I had a good chat to a Porsche 911 (996) GT3 owner about his experiences with his GT3, his previous cars, and his track days with the car.

Oh, and I got a great coffee without waiting 15 minutes in a queue!

Overall – A great early morning out and a worthy selection of cars.