3/17/2009

2008 Goodwood revival - Cafe Racers a plenty

A very kind reader has sent me a group of shots he took at last years Goodwood Revival Festival in Sussex. The event happens annually and attracts vintage car and motorcycle enthusiasts from all around the world.

The following photos were shot by Leszek and are a great representation of the motorcycles that can be seen at the event and the friendly atmosphere the festival creates.

Cafe Racers make up a large part of the classic bikes on display/racing and it's great to see the old boys who started it all are still at it.

Here's a bit of reading about the festival:

"The Goodwood Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the Fifties and Sixties. As well as recreating the golden era of motor sport, the Revival offers exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic circuit, untouched by the modern world.

The Revival relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit, which ranked alongside Silverstone as Britain’s leading racing venue throughout its active years between 1948 and 1966. During this time, it hosted contemporary racing of all kinds, including Formula One, the famous Goodwood Nine Hours race and the celebrated Tourist Trophy sports car race.

Now, for three days each September, the circuit stages a historic race meeting for the kind of cars and motorcycles that would have competed at Goodwood during 1948-1966. The circuit echoes to the spine-tingling bark of golden-age Grand Prix cars from the Fifties and Sixties, thundering sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars and little-seen Formula Juniors. Many of these important historic racing cars are driven by famous faces from motor sport past and present. Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Sir Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, Derek Bell, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Gerhard Berger, Johnny Herbert, Wayne Gardner, Giacomo Agostini and the late, great Barry Sheene have all taken part at the Revival."

Many thanks to Leszek for sharing these great shots.

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