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Goodwood Revival 2011: First impressions in pictures

With the trilby and tweeds only just packed away for another 12 months, we are delighted to show you some of the sights from this year’s magnificent Goodwood Revival.

While the showers might have given the drivers something else to think about on the track, the frequent downpours couldn’t dampen the record number of spectators’ enthusiasm for the world’s finest historic ‘event’.

And we use that word carefully, as the Revival is much more than a historic car meeting; it’s a celebration of everything that’s best in Britain, marking the achievements of its citizens over the last 75 years or so.

Motor racing is the glue that holds this collage together, so, from the first flight of the Supermarine Spitfire (75 years old this year, built and tested in nearby Southampton and flown from this very airfield base in WW2) to the world-beating F1 cars from Lotus, and the Lola T70 and Ford GT40 high-tech racing cars of the mid-60s, the Revival not only has it all, it also shows it in the most carefully crafted, truly ‘Goodwood’ fashion.

Full report to follow.

Photos: Jan Baedeker / Steve Wakefield

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