Goodwood Revival is one of the most exclusive and awaited events for those who love to combine a passion for classic cars with the pursuit of elegance expressed in all its forms. For an entire weekend in September, it is possible to relive the atmosphere of the Goodwood circuit between 1948 and 1966, when it was one of the most prestigious in the world, and the most sophisticated Gentlemen and Ladies used to meet there in an apotheosis of adrenaline and good manners.
Even today, Goodwood Revival brings the golden era back to life in all its glory thanks to the presence of great drivers of the past, of men and women elegantly dressed as it was in vogue between the 1940s and 1960s, and of authentically legendary cars: those that have traveled the long road of glory from then to today, remaining in the pole-position of memorability.
For two days we are delighted with the show of the Goodwood Revival. Among the endless wonders before our eyes, here are the 5 cars that, in our opinion, every Gentleman driver should have the good fortune to see at least once in his life.
Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, 1965
Designed by Butzi Porsche, Ferry's son and Ferdinand Porsche's nephew, and produced between 1963 and 1964, it was the first Porsche to use an all fibreglass body. Conceived and built to be competitive, its 1966 boxer engine with 180 hp and displacement was noticed at the Targa Florio and 1000 km of Monza.
Jaguar D-type "long nose", 1955
After the defeat at Le Mans in 1954, which saw Ferrari take first place and the Jaguar D-Type later, the Jag engineers turned the lesson into an advantage. Aerodynamics was rethought with an extended bonnet and, in 1955, five "long-nose" D-type cars were on the starting line at Le Mans: they won that year and for the next two, continuing the positive series at Reims, Montlhéry, Goodwood and Silverstone.
Bentley 3-Litre Supercharged, 1923
Nothing less than Bentley's first supercharged engine and the only 3-litre supercharged engine of its time. It was created by combining a Roots fan with a 3-litre engine and kicked off the legendary Blower Bentley season. This car has suffered numerous accidents that have destroyed it: 1923, 1925, 1926... but it is still being rebuilt and it is still here, more powerful than ever.
Aston Martin DBR1, 1957
The DBR1 is a racing car produced by Aston Martin from 1956 to 1962 in five units. Created to compete in the world sports-prototypes championship, it collected several important victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 1000 km of Nürburgring, Goodwood, Spa-Francorchamps and the Tourist Trophy driven by Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks.
Maserati 6CM, 1939
At its debut in mid-season 1936, with a tubular chassis mounted on a completely new 1500 cc engine, the 6CM was immediately the new car to beat. A few months later, at the Milan Motor Show, it was the first Maserati to be shown at an exposition. In the following seasons, the 6CMs scored many class victories across Europe.
We enjoyed the milestones of four-wheeled mechanics, shook hands and driving gloves, met smiles, let ourselves be enchanted by the smell of gasoline and fine cologne water. Unforgettable.
Photos: The Outlierman © 2019