It was a weekend of motorsport at Autocar – while our team were putting in a sterling performance in the Britcar 24 hour race, I was taking part in the best Goodwood Revival meeting since the circuit was reopened to racing a decade a go.
If you asked what was the best moment, you’d probably get a different answer from every one of over 100,000 spectators who crammed into Goodwood in a dazzling array of flat caps, military uniform and period costume.
Some were in the air, where everything from Spitfire and Mustang fighters to Lancaster and Vimy bombers could be seen, others on the track – alone in the world in retaining an unchanged layout from its glory days.
The perpetual crowd pleaser Grant Williams driving his Mk1 Jaguar at incomprehensible angles in the St Mary’s Trophy was one; the howl of the British straight sixes mingling with the shriek of the Italian V12s and thunder of the American V8s in the TT race another.
And no one who stayed on until Saturday evening will ever forget the sight of the special 1.5 hour Freddie March Memorial Trophy race for 1950s sports racing cars, held at dusk to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Revival and the sixtieth of Goodwood as a race track.