This year The Goodwood Revival took place from September 14th-16th 2012 and among the many attractions was a mouthwatering display to celebrate 50 years of the Ferrari GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata), which was Originally commissioned by Enzo Ferrari and produced by Ferrari from 1962 to 1964 for homologation into the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car category in order to conquer Jaguar’s E-type on the race track. Since then it has gone on to become one of the world’s most famous, not to mention valuable, cars. 15 of the 39 cars built were gathered at Goodwood, and also completed a series of daily parade laps.Among the cars were chassis 3387, which finished second at Sebring in 1962 and chassis number 4399, which won the TT in 1963 driven by Graham Hill. When new, the GTO commanded an $18,000 purchase price in the United States, and buyers had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari and his dealer for North America, Luigi Chinetti.36 cars were made in the years ’62/’63. In 1964 ‘Series II’ was introduced, which had a slightly different look. Three such cars were made, and four older ‘Series I’ were given a ‘Series II’ body. It brought the total of GTOs produced to 39. In 2004, Sports Car International placed the 250 GTO eighth on a list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s, and nominated it the top sports car of all time. Similarly, Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the “Greatest Ferraris of all time.
The original Bluebird K3 Land Speed Record hydroplane powerboat also made its Goodwood debut at the Revival. Commissioned in 1937 by Sir Malcolm Campbell to rival the Americans’ efforts in the fight for the world water speed record, the Rolls-Royce aero-engined monster set three world water speed records, first on Lake Maggiore in September 1937, then later twice raising her own record – the fastest speed being 130.91mph in 1938.It was displayed by the entrance to the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours, and the hydroplane’s flame-spitting V12 engine thundered into life several times a day.
The Silver Arrows racing cars from the Thirties were also on show at this years Goodwood Revival. They still rate as some of the most elegant and devilishly fast racing cars ever produced. During the event the rival Mercedes and Auto Union cars were reunited on the track for the the first time since 1939 ,and keen historic car collector and racer Nick Mason, who is best known as the drummer for rock icons Pink Floyd, was invited to drive one of the Auto Unions, and said of them, that even today, their performance engineering, and power is impressive.
This year Goodwood Revival also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Anglo-American AC Cobra, which marks 50 years since its launch and is still a machine to be reckoned with, Thirty AC Cobras took part in the Celebration race at the Goodwood Revival. These days, The V8-engined monsters are worth serious money, but that doesn’t stop their owners and drivers from getting competitive. But while Cobras have a fearsome reputation, they can be enjoyed at lower speeds,You don’t have to go too fast in them to get a thrill, it’s a very well balanced car, that’s another thing, with the big American V8″.
Some of the finest aircraft were also on show in a concours d’élégance in the skies, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, the “stringbag” Swordfish biplanes, the Supermarine Seafire, The Fairey Swordfish, Hawker Sea Fury T.20, the only airworthy example of the English Electric Canberra, which was introduced to the RAF in 1951 and wasn’t retired from active service until 2006, the majestic Consolidated Catalina flying boat and Douglas Skyraider, a Yakovlev Yak-11 trainer aircraft, a Republic P47 Thunderbolt and two North American P51 Mustangs.
Motorcycles once again played a big role in the the Goodwood Revival, and the headline two-wheel event was the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, which featured bikes from the Fifties, including machines from MV Agusta, Matchless, Norton, BSA, Gilera, Velocette, Vincent and BMW.As well as famous marques. Ridden by a number of renowned riders, including Twice World Superbike champion Troy Corser, as well as Wayne Gardner, Jeremy McWilliams, Stan Woods, Rex Butcher, Cameron Donald, James Haydon, Charlie Williams, Nick Jefferies, Mike Edwards, Scott Smart (Sheene’s nephew), Glen Richards, Michael Rutter, Andrew Pitt and Howie Mainwaring. There was also a scrambling event which was designed to evoke the spirit of the halcyon days in the Sixties and into the Seventies, when it was one of the most popular sports on television and live races on the BBC’s Grandstand enthralled millions.
There was also a fantastic display of cars carrying the beautiful red and gold colours of Alan Mann Racing, which included examples of Ford Mustang, Falcon, Galaxie, GT40, F3L, Escort, Cortina and a Ford Prefect which was driven by Alan Mann’s son Henry. Other famous faces included Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart Rowan Atkinson, Ewan McGregor , Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, American race legend Dan Gurney, commentator Martin Brundle, Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner, British Touring Car driver Matt Neal, Motor Racing Legend John Surtees, as well as Derek Bell, Jochen Mass and Rauno Aaltonen (who was driving a Standard 10 in the St Mary’s Trophy).