From 16-18 September, Goodwood in South England was once again a mecca for the international classic car scene. Porsche Classic, the department of Porsche AG responsible for supporting all Porsche classic cars, was attending for the second time. The Porsche Classic specialists presented themselves in the “March Motorworks” true to the spirit of the early 1960s, holding live demonstrations of their skill in a historic workshop and presenting a selection of their large range of Porsche Classic original parts and literature.
As a special highlight, this year Porsche Classic brought a 1964 early 911 to England, where it embarked on a complete restoration. The visitors of the Goodwood Revival were able to watch live and close up the early stages of the dismantling. First, the Porsche Classic mechanics took the engine and gearbox apart, wearing historically accurate clothing and using the proper historic tools. In the lovingly recreated workshop they then also started work on the interior. Straight after the event, the dismantled 911 then set off on its journey to the Porsche Classic workshop close to Stuttgart, where specialists will complete the restoration before the Porsche is finally handed over to its proud owner after approximately one year in tip-top condition.
The Revival, probably the most popular meeting for pre-1966 race cars, has taken place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit since 1998. Year after year it offers visitors a very special experience, a trip into the motor sporting past of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Over 500 classic racing cars from the most famous manufacturers throughout Europe and the world will compete in numerous classes, and merely taking part is an honour for any driver. Driving in a Goodwood race is the racing world’s equivalent of being knighted, since in order to do so it is essential to have received a personal invitation from the Lord of March, who organises the event. It should therefore come as no surprise that many famous racing drivers from the glory days of motor sport attend the event. Some of the stars you might bump into include Stirling Moss, John Surtees or the former Porsche racing drivers Richard Attwood and Derek Bell.
The Goodwood Revival notched up more than 138,000 visitors in 2011; there can surely be no more impressive proof of the ongoing popularity of this classic European motor sport event.
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