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Goodwood Revival

Tuesday 9th October 2012

Recognised by most as the historic motorsport meeting this year's Revival followed on from the theme of previous year's events. As always on-track action, combined with a unique atmosphere, the world's greatest cars and of course a mere 12 flying Spitfires. Not to mention the smoke machine. The automotive highlights included the reunion of the Silver Arrows, the first on track exhibition of these important machines since before the war. The silver arrows were an incredible display of Arian power. Capable of 600BHP and 200 MPH in the 1930s these machines totally dominated Grand Prix racing and became an extension of Hitler's foreign plans. Devoid of paint to save weight the Silver Arrows are certainly amongst the most iconic machines in motor racing. In addition to the Silver Arrows there was also a tribute to Dan Gurney and perhaps the last event of the 250 GTO's 50th anniversary, 15 cars were present for the parade lap and four GTOs competed in a dramatic running of the TT, which was eventually won by Adrian Newey and Martin Brundle in Newey's E-type despite a little "off-roading" early on in the race.

The event always forms a highlight of DK's year and this year we took the pre-war BMW 328 to be piloted by David Cottingham and the MGB driven in Saturday's Fordwater Trophy by James Cottingham. David drove the BMW extremely well having a very busy race indeed with the Pre-war field early on Sunday morning; he finished a very respectable 6th. On Saturday James managed to snatch a number of places despite being outclassed by the field which included a Ferrari 275 GTB/C, he finished 11th.