The sun has set on another Goodwood Revival, the perennially popular historic motor racing event. For more than 20 years, fans from around the world have descended upon the beautiful Goodwood estate in West Suffolk for the Revival, stepping back in time to a golden age of motoring. The event is defined by its period dress code – and the thousands of fans, drivers, teams and mechanics who don’t fail to disappoint to dress up for the occasion. This year was no exception. Let’s take a quick tour of some of our highlights of the show…
As one of the Goodwood Revival’s key partners, Motul had a significant presence at this year’s event. At the Motul garage you see pictured, fans could drop by and pick up lubricants or a range of period Motul merchandise, and receive a free embroidered Motul patch, sewn on while they wait. We also had the Motul coffee shop, where fans could receive some much-needed lubrication of a different kind. Our racing lab was there, too, providing the competitors with free peace-of-mind analyses of oil samples, and we sponsored the St Mary’s Trophy, one of the most exciting classic car races with ex touring car and endurance drivers going wheel-to-wheel around the thrilling Goodwood circuit.
Since the war, motor racing has been a regular occurrence at Goodwood. But that all stopped in 1966. We have one person to thank for its return - the Duke of Richmond. The Revival is now one of, if not the, most important classic car event on the calendar. It’s not uncommon to see the Duke walking around the event just like any other fan.
Long-time Motul friend John McGuinness was at the Revival where he competed on a 1962 Matchless G50 in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy.
Part of the draw of the Revival is the chance to get up close to some of the rarest and most historically significant race cars of all time. On the left is the Mercedes SLR 722 that Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson drove to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia.
While walking about the Revival, it’s always worth having a pen handy for autographs because you never know who you’ll bump in to. Here’s Jenson Button casually hanging out at the paddocks chatting to some fans.
What marks the Revival out as being so special is the fact that it’s a proper racing event, with some of the world’s best drivers competing wheel to wheel in extremely rare and valuable cars. Motul sponsors the St Mary’s Trophy, and one of our partners from JRT Racing, Andrew Jordan, romped to second in his glorious Austin A40.
The Motul racing lab made an appearance at the Revival – and it wasn’t there just for show. Inside, our team of experts were kept busy giving the teams a free oil analysis.
Every detail about the Revival is correct, right down to what the mechanics and support staff wear. Here, a team of Maserati technicians look like they have just stepped off a 1960s race track.
This year is a poignant one for Motul. It’s the 50th anniversary of our esteemed 300V lubricant, motorsport’s favourite oil. It was great to see so many teams using it to keep their complicated machines running perfectly.
For fans of machines, it isn’t only the cars and bikes that cause a stir. One of our favourite areas of the Revival is the aeroplane exhibition, where we saw these two fabulous Spitfires preparing for take off.