2009 Goodwood Revival by Tim Brown - Click above for our high-res image gallery

The Earl of March is our hero. There, we've said it. The guy took some of his substantial inheritance and decided to do something charitable for the public with it. He had the old Goodwood Motor Circuit cleaned up after decades of neglect and resurrected the great racing that had taken place at the circuit back in the Forties, Fifties, and early Sixties. Literally. The entrants have to have been eligible to race when the circuit was open originally, so only cars made from 1948-1966 make the grade.

The Goodwood Revival, as the event is now known, revives the glory days of racing, when gentleman racers could drive their Sports Cars and GTs to the track, run them for all they were worth, then pack 'em up and drive them back home. Goodwood also happened to host Formula 1 races and Tourist Trophy runs back in the day, so the entry list is pretty amazing.

Besides the incredible cars and A-List automotive celebs that show up for the event, the Revival is famous for one other thing: Participants and spectators are encouraged to dress in period clothing. So it's basically the world's biggest costume party held at a racetrack. How cool is that? Follow the jump to hear more about the 2009 running of the Revival, and make sure you check out the incredible gallery of photos by contributor Tim Brown. We bet you'll find a few new wallpapers in the batch.

  • Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, famously driven by Moss to win the 1955 Mille Miglia
  • Tecnica Meccanica-Maserati 250F engine bay
  • Jaguar E-type post-race
  • Aston DBR1 in the paddock
  • Jaguar XK120 parked outside the 'Earls Court Motorshow' reproduction
  • The pre '66 public car park
  • 1953 Alfa Romeo 3000
  • Mechanics work on the Connaught B-type Grand Prix car
  • 1951 HWM F2 car in the paddock
  • Monopole-Panhard Oliveira, in the Chichester Cup practice session
  • One of many period 'track official' cars
  • Eight Ferrari 250s (in various specs) were racing in the RAC TT Celebration
  • 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster
  • E-type Jaguar in the paddock
  • Maseratis in the paddock
  • Porsche 550 Spyder in the assembly area
  • Ferrari 500 TRC chases down a Jaguar D-type in the Lavant Cup race
  • Lotus-Climax 33 followed by Lotus-BRM
  • Lotus sandwich!
  • Holly Mason (daughter of Pink Floyd drummer Nick) in the 1934 Aston Martin Ulster
  • Stirling Moss driving the Lotus 18
  • Richmond Trophy
  • Ferrari 250 GTO and E-type racing down the straight
  • Condor-Ford SII in the Chichester Cup
  • McLaren-Chevrolet M1A going through The Chicane
  • Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder
  • Ford GT40 accelerating onto the main straight
  • The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy for 350-500cc motorcycles that raced between 1962 and 1966

Photos copyright ©2009 Tim Brown / Weblogs, Inc.

Like the Goodwood Festival of Speed held on the nearby Goodwood Estate driveway, the Revival takes place over three days, attracting tens if not hundreds of thousands of classic car lovers to West Sussex every summer. Whereas the Festival is a hillclimb that features individual runs up the manor's mile-long driveway, the Revival is a series of true races around the circuit. But it's so much more than just the races.

The whole event is like some kind of historic recreation park. Not only do the spectators and drivers dress in period costume, but they don't even let cars newer than 1966 into the parking lot. Organizers hire a whole fleet of vintage transports to shuttle people around, including taxis and buses driven by actors that keep the time-warp feeling alive. In case you couldn't guess, they really take the whole period appropriate thing seriously, like wrapping the fish and chips in reprinted papers from the '50s.

Those folks who take part in the illusion get to see Grand Prix cars, sports and GT cars, historic saloon racers and even vintage motorcycles being piloted by legendary drivers like John Surtees, Sir Jack Brabham, Derek Bell, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Gerhard Berger, Johnny Herbert, and Sir Stirling Moss, who happened to be celebrating his 80th birthday this year.

Cars driven by Moss during his auspicious racing career received special attention this year as did the Mini. Actually Mini the car and mini the skirt were both feted at the Revival this year.

The gallery is chock full of highlights, but some of our favorites were the Aston Martin DBRs, Lotus GP cars, and Ferrari GTOs, including that wicked looking GTO-like "Breadvan."

Check out the gallery for yourself and see if you can spot a favorite. Thanks again to Tim for the fantastic photos.

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