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Famous Faces at the Goodwood Revival 2006 will revel in their finery.
The Goodwood Revival is all set to take place this year on the first three days of September, reliving the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit, which along with Silverstone was Britain's leading racing venue during its active years between 1948 and 1966. During this time not only did it host contemporary racing of all kinds, but also Formula One, the famous Goodwood Nine Hours race and the celebrated Tourist Trophy sports car race.
Now, for three days each September, the circuit echoes to the nostalgic bark of golden-age Grand Prix cars from the 1950s and 1960s, thundering sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars and little-seen Formula Juniors. Many of these important historic racing cars are driven by famous faces from motor sport, past and present. Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Sir Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, Derek Bell, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Gerhard Berger, Johnny Herbert, Wayne Gardner, Giacomo Agostini and the late, great Barry Sheene have all been part of the Revival.
This year you are going to be seeing some cars and drivers you wouldn't normally expect to see together! The Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration and the St Mary's Trophy races offer two challenging and different aspects of motor racing and bring lots of excitement to the sport. The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy race is the only motorcycle race of the weekend but brings together some modern racers with some classic machines from the 1950s.
Rauno Aaltonen, 1960s rallying and road-racing legend, will drive a Standard Ten (St. Mary's Trophy), and is also expected to drive in the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration.
However, as it is popularly known, the Goodwood Revival is far more than a series of races for historic cars: it is a magical step back in time and a chance for visitors to revel in the romance of motor racing as it used to be. The lovingly restored circuit is unchanged from its heyday, and the organisers go to great lengths to ensure that everything on the site is exactly as it was. Not only does the staff dress in appropriate period clothing from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s but each year more spectators and competitors get into the effervescent Goodwood spirit by dressing the part, considering it all part of the fun. So maybe its time to raid your Grandma's or Grandpa's wardrobe, checking out the charity shops or surfing the net for something spectacular for these three memorable days in September and becoming a part of the Goodwood Revival?
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