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The three-day Goodwood Festival

of Speed, held in late June or early

July, attracts 150,000 spectators and

has grown to include several events in

addition to the hillclimb, in which all

types of historical as well as current

racing vehicles are timed as they

make their assaults up Lord March’s


The “driveway” is more like a por-

tion of a race track, lined with large

hay bales and where spectators are al-

lowed very close to the road, making it

an especially popular event for photog-

raphers. Until a few years ago, For-

mula 1 cars were included in the

competition, but as their speeds in-

creased it was felt they were going too

fast to be safe. They are still invited,

but only to make exhibition runs. The

event is a racing museum come to life

with invitations going out to every

conceivable type of race car. The event

often reunites famous car and driver


The event also hosts a high level

concours d’elegance called the Cartier

Style at Luxe, a manufacturer’s dis-

play area and the Supercar Run where

current road-going performance cars

make timed exhibition runs. One of

the highlights of every event is the

oversized Jerry Judah sculpture on

the lawn in front of the Goodwood

House. Each year it incorporates rare

race cars and is one of the highlights

of the weekend.

The “other” Goodwood event is the

Revival, a three-day vintage race

weekend held every September since

1988 at the Goodwood Circuit. It in-

cludes race cars and motorcycles that

competed between 1948 and 1966.

Lord March owns the track and most

spectators dress in period clothes. The

restored circuit is unchanged from the

1950s and 1960s when it hosted some

of England’s most famous racing

events. The Revival also hosts antique

military vehicles and aircraft which

add to the period look and feel. British

Spitfires flying overhead have a sound

all their own.

There are always a number of Co-

bras in attendance at Goodwood. They

are one of the more popular cars on

the track but they are also joined by

historic Jaguars, Aston Martins, Fer-

raris, Maseratis, Lotus and Porsches.

This year, however, they all took a

back seat to the six Cobra Daytona

Coupes. Adding to the time machine

quality of the event, a replica of the

1965 Sebring pits was constructed and

the Coupes promptly took up resi-

dence there for the weekend.

The Goodwood Revival is noted for

attracting a wide variety of historic

race cars, but this year there was no

question that the Cobra Coupes were

the center of attention. There were

probably several reasons for this. It

was the first time all six cars have

ever been together. Even at the factory

in 1965, some were racing in Europe

and some were held as back-up cars,

either in the U.S. or in Europe. Today,

all of the cars have been stunningly re-

stored to 1965 specifications, with the

exception of the first one, CSX2287.


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