Glorious Goodwood stepped back in time last weekend for its retro-themed motoring festival, where some of the rarest classic cars in the country stood alongside plenty of new metal
Darren Moss
15 September 2014

Goodwood felt like a time capsule last weekend as the heritage-themed Revival took hold at the iconic motoring circuit in West Sussex.

Celebrating the heyday of British motorsport throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s, the Revival offers visitors the chance to see some of the rarest and most exotic cars in the world.

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The Revival, now in its 17th year, had a number of important motoring anniversaries to mark. First up was the 50th anniversary of Sir Jackie Stewart's breakthrough Formula 3 test drive in 1964. There was also a special Lavant Cup race, planned to help mark the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-type.

Maserati continued its centenary celebrations there too, with a collection of pristine 250F cars on display.

New cars are largely confined to the Earls Court motor show, with the likes of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW i8, Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air and McLaren P1 all featured.

Jaguar's Lightweight E-type – which made its debut at Pebble beach earlier this summer – also received its European debut.

Elsewhere, the Revival also played host to a completely new sports car called the Evanta Barchetta. The 450bhp, V8-powered sports car costs from £125,000, with first orders taken at the show. Its makers say the design is inspired by the retro look of 1950s racers and just 99 will be made.

The Revival always feels unique in that the vast majority of visitors play their part in making its time-travel effect feel real. Most dress up in fashion from the relevant eras, and are supported by an army of actors which bring the Goodwood estate to life. Laurel and Hardy, James Bond, the Beatles – they were all there.

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Our Verdict

Jaguar F-type

The Jaguar F-Type convertible provides direct competition to the 718 Boxster and the 911 Cabriolet, but can the big cat take a bite out of its Porsche rivals?

12 September 2014
What a wonderful retro affair! I would love to have been there.
Why don't they make a lightweight F Type for one tenth of the price? Rather than the porker that we have .I know with modern safety features we will never meet the light weights of the past,but <1500kg should be possible.


15 September 2014
Earl's Court Motor Show? What's that about then?

16 September 2014
I assume all of Jaguar's Lightweight E-types are sold.

When I asked about them at Laguna Seca last month I was told they had deposits on six of the seven already...

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