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Goodwood Revival 2012

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).

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Move over Rover – Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Considered to be the greatest guitarist in popular music, The late great James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) sadly passed away on this day 18th September 1970. Born November 27, at Seattle’s King County Hospital, in 1942, He is Widely hailed by music fans and critics alike as the greatest electric guitarist of all time, and remains the most influential rock guitarist and songwriter in recording history. He was influenced by blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King and Elmore James, rhythm, blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper, and the jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Hendrix was mostly self-taught on the guitar. He was ambidextrous but chose to play the guitar upside-down and re-strung for playing left-handed, which suggests that he was more comfortable left-handed. As a guitarist, he built upon the innovations of blues stylists such as B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters, as well as those of rhythm and blues and soul music guitarists such as Curtis Mayfield. Hendrix’s music was also influenced by jazz; he often cited Rahsaan Roland Kirk as his favourite musician. In addition, Hendrix extended the tradition of rock guitar; although previous guitarists, such as The Kinks’ Dave Davies, Jeff Beck, and The Who’s Pete Townshend, had employed techniques such as feedback, distortion and other effects as sonic tools,Hendrix was able to exploit them to a previously undreamed-of extent, and made them an integral part of his own private, unique genre, which he called “Red”. The Hendrix sound combined high volume and high power, feedback manipulation, and a range of cutting-edge guitar effects, especially the UniVibe-Octavia combination, which can be heard to full effect on the Band of Gypsys’ live version of “Machine Gun”. He was also known for his trick playing, which included playing with only his right (fretting) hand, using his teeth or playing behind his back, although he soon grew tired of audience demands to perform these tricks.

As a record producer, Hendrix was an innovator in using the recording studio as an extension of his musical ideas. Hendrix was notably one of the first to experiment with stereo effects during the recording process. Hendrix was also an accomplished songwriter whose compositions have been performed by countless artists. At Woodstock, Larry Lee was a member of Hendrix’ Band of Gypsys, and also played a Gibson Les Paul Studio model and sung with Hendrix as well.

During his lifetime Hendrix won many of the most prestigious rock music awards, and has been posthumously awarded many more, including being inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. An English Heritage blue plaque was erected in his name on his former residence at Brook Street, London, in September 1997. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6627 Hollywood Blvd.) was dedicated in 1994. In 2006, his debut US album, Are You Experienced, was inducted into the United States National Recording Registry, and in 2003 Rolling Stone Magazine named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time.

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Tribute to Dee Dee Ramone

The Bass player and one of the founding members of  one of the worlds most influential Punk Rock Band The Ramones , Dee Dee Ramone was born September 18th 1952. Formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974, The Ramones are often cited as the first punk rock group, and despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and the United Kingdom.   All of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname “Ramone”, though none of them were related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years. In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band played a farewell concert and disbanded. Little more than eight years after the breakup, the band’s three founding members—lead singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, had died while bassist Dee Dee Ramone sadly passed away in 2002.

Their only record with enough U.S. sales to be certified gold was the compilation album Ramones Mania. However, recognition of the band’s importance built over the years, and they are now cited in many assessments of all-time great rock music, such as the Rolling Stone list of the 50 Greatest Artists of All Time and VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. In 2002, the Ramones were ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spin magazine, trailing only The Beatles. On March 18, 2002, the Ramones—including the three founders and drummers Tommy and Marky Ramone—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. So to Pay tribute, here are some wonderfully energetic classics courtesy of YouTube