Goodwood Revival 2021

September 19, 2021
race car going off

We all know what has happened and the difficult road we’ve all been on. Postponed and then converted into the very successful Goodwood Speedweek.… but it’s back!!! The 3 most incredibly unique days on the historic motorsport calendar, Goodwood Revival 2021 was finally here!!!

This year proved to be my busiest Revival to date as a photographer. I would be covering the event working 5 totally different briefs. My highlight was shooting alongside leading commercial photographer Alex Lawrence, assisting him on his assignments. While also shooting for my own media and magazine client requirements. Some very early starts and ‘last on track’ finishes but it was a great experience juggling all different imagery styles throughout the weekend.

Jenson Button heads down Pit Lane
Jenson Button heads down Pit Lane for the driver change in The he Stirling Moss Trophy

Making his first competitive appearance at Goodwood Revival was Jenson Button. He would be driving this Jaguar E-Type in the formerly known Kinrara Trophy, now renamed in tribute to one of Britain greatest-ever drivers; the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy. Jenson would be sharing the driver’s seat with friend and endurance racer Alex Buncombe. The start being after 6pm it would race into the fading light of Friday evening… always creates magical photos if that sunset arrives as it did for the 2019 Kinrara.

They would also be in action in the RAC TT Celebration, a race for GT cars from 1963 and ’64 only. Sharing this 1963 AC Cobra.

Alex Brunscombe AC Cobra
Alex Buncombe exit chicane in TT Free practice

Other races were sure to produce some action… the John Whitmore Trophy for Mini Cooper S certainly did the job. As ever close racing was the order of the day but it also included the ‘Save of the Year’ from Enndaf Owens!!

Mini sideways in chicane
Save of the Year…. Endaf Owens gathering up his Mini Cooper from broadside across the chicane

On 2 wheels the racing was no less intense…made more so by the small shower part way through the race on Sunday. A couple of riders tested the strength and protection of their leathers, while others had close shaves!!

Goodwood Revival 2021
Sudden light shower suddenly made the track very greasy
It still amazes me the angle the riders lean their bikes over
Tommy Bridewell close to Goodwood chicane
Almost adding a little white paint to his leathers was Bennetts British Superbikes star, Tommy Bridewell

In the Detail …

It’s the details around the paddock that make Goodwood Revival so special for me. The period costume that so many of the spectators wear adds to the magical atmosphere.

Chic styling was everywhere to be seen at Goodwood Revival 2021

Other traditions around the Goodwood Circuit make it very special & unique. Here the band of the Irish Guards marched down the Start/Finish Straight. Followed by a short ceremony to bless the track & t he competitors on the Sunday morning.

Another fantastic tradition at Goodwood Racing Circuit

After the quiet of the ‘blessing’ it was time to restart the engines around the paddock. A full day of racing was ahead of us. So many priceless Classic and Historical cars from many iconic periods of motorsport were driven to the limits as they were built to be.

Silver Arrow Heads
Before we knew it, 3 days of racing was gone in a flash…
Spitfire climbs at sunset
Spitfire climbs after take off as the sun sets over Goodwood Race Circuit

As the sunsets, the Spitfires take off for their tradition ‘Evening Patrol’ to close the Goodwood Revival 2021. See you again next year… ohhh hold on… we have the postponed Members Meeting MM78 to look forward to in just a few weeks!

By Skelly

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