The Goodwood revival is a festival at Goodwood circuits that occurs every September since 1988. The event features both road race cars and motorcycles that originally competed in in the race track from 1948 to1966. The featured cars and motorcycles are raced just like the old days and crashes are common. The Goodwood revival gives us a chance to see the classic race cars like the Shelby Cobra in action.
Here are some cars that stood out during this year’s Goodwood revival:
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan
The one and only Ferrari 250 GT SWD Breadvan ever built. This beauty was built by Giotto Bizzarini. Most people would think that this baby is too precious to race but not Alex Ames. The Breadvan even got some injuries during the race. The right front fender got crumpled after it got in contact with a Jaguar E-Type and pushing it aside during their practice race for the RAC TT Celebration race.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWD Breadvan built because Enzo Ferrari refused to sell a Ferrari GTO to Count Giovanni Volpi. Count Volpi ordered Bizzarini to build a car that could compete against the Ferrari GTO, a Ferrari 250 GT SWD was upgraded and give birth to the Breadvan.
1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
This car is the very reason why the Ferrari 250 GT SWD Breadvan was built. One of only 33 cars made. A Ferrari 250 GTO holds the record for the most expensive car ever sold in an auction. It was sold for $38,115,000. It’s hard to think that someone would let this priceless beauty get it on the racetrack but this baby raced on together with other priceless cars.
1964-1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
Another rare beast racing it out in the Goodwood Revival. Only 6 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe were made from 1964 to 1965. Amazingly all 6 Daytonas raced in the Goodwood Revival, including the original prototype. These babies were built in Venice, California at Shelby’s shop. The Daytona was designed to have better aerodynamics for the Le Man’s famous Mulsanne straight. Together with designer Pete Brock, Shelby created a beautiful race car that surpassed the aerodynamics of other cars in its age. The resulting Daytona was faster than the Shelby Cobra for 30 mph. It reached an amazing 190 mph in the Mulsanne Straight and went on collecting trophies from the Le Mans and other famous races.
1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
The 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt was specifically made for the NHRA drag race that was held in America. The Fairlane was powered by the Galaxie 500’s 427 cubic inch 7.0 liter V8 engine that generated an incredible 425 hp This Fairlane Thunderbolt was driven by the former Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen. Kristensen won the St. Mary’s Trophy Race were two Ford-Lotus Cortinas and an Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA also raced.
1964 Land Rover Series IIA Forest Rover
This giant was featured in the Goodwood Revival together with other Land Rover Series I and Series II. The Land Rover parade was to celebrate the Land Rover Series after the last Land Rover Defender was released. This 1964 Land Rover Series IIA Forest Rover was built by the Roadless Traction Company for the Central Electricity Generating Board as they needed to have a vehicle that can go off road to remote areas.
Interesting Facts: the Land Rover Defender has the same Hood-tensioning cleat and rear wing brace as the first Land Rover.
1965 Land Rover Series II OTAL
The Land Rover Series II OTAL was also featured in the Land Rover parade. The OTAL (One Ton Amphibious Land Rover) was created for an Australian Army contract. The OTAL is the only Land rover that has amphibious capabilities.
1961 Aston Martin Project 212
This is the car built by Aston Martin in the hopes of winning the Le Mans Tour in the 1960s. The 1961 Aston Martin Project 212 was installed with a 4.0 liter I-6 engine. The Project 212 still participate in historic races all over the world.
1962-1965 AC-Shelby Cobra Roadster
6 Shelby Cobra Roadsters were seen in the racetrack during the Goodwood revival. Two Cobras had interesting history. The Shelby Cobra with the number CS2131 has a right hand drive that was used in an AC factory and it also won in the 1963 Le Mans class under its class. The other Shelby Cobra with a number CSX2127 was driven the Phil and Dan Gurney while it was one of the Shelby factory works cars.
1963 Ford Galaxie 500
This magnificent beast held its own against the Ford-Lotus Cortinas and Austin Mini Cooper S in the St. Mary’s Trophy Race. Powered by a 427 cu. inch (7.0 L) FE series V8. The Ford Galaxie 500 was known in the NASCAR during the 1960s.
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