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
  • Interior of the famous Maserati 'Birdcage', in Tipo 61 'Streamliner' form
  • Jaguar E-type post-race
  • Warming up the Aston Martin DBR1
  • Aston DBR1 in the paddock
  • There were no fewer than eigth Lotus-Climax's racing in the Glover Trophy!
  • Jaguar XK120 parked outside the 'Earls Court Motorshow' reproduction
  • The pre '66 public car park
  • Member of the Mods and Rockers display
  • Ferrari 250 TR57 returns to the paddock
  • 1953 Alfa Romeo 3000
  • Richard Frankel sliding his Jaguar C-type out of The Chicane
  • Mechanics work on the Connaught B-type Grand Prix car
  • A driver looks over the Tecnica Meccanica-Maserati 250F
  • 1951 HWM F2 car in the paddock
  • Maserati Grand Prix cars
  • Monopole-Panhard Oliveira, in the Chichester Cup practice session
  • Volpini Fiat and Lola-Ford Mk2
  • One of many period 'track official' cars
  • Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder
  • Eight Ferrari 250s (in various specs) were racing in the RAC TT Celebration
  • Line-up of Aston Martins, starting with the DBR1
  • 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster
  • Ian Bennett's 1965 Benelli 350
  • Under the bonnet of a '64 AC Cobra
  • E-type Jaguar in the paddock
  • Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan'
  • Maseratis in the paddock
  • Porsche 550 Spyder in the assembly area - old
  • Porsche 550 Spyder in the assembly area
  • Ferrari 500 TRC chases down a Jaguar D-type in the Lavant Cup race
  • Stirling Moss owned OSCA FS372 battles with a Lister-Jaguar 'Costin'
  • Lotus-Climax 33 followed by Lotus-BRM
  • Mark Piercy in his Lola-Climax Mk4 retires from the Glover Trophy
  • Lotus sandwich!
  • TVR Grantura MkIII chases Lotus Elite at Lavant Corner
  • Holly Mason (daughter of Pink Floyd drummer Nick) in the 1934 Aston Martin Ulster
  • Bentley 4.5-litre Le Mans passes MG J4
  • Stirling Moss driving the Lotus 18
  • Maserati A6GCM in the Richmond Trophy
  • Richmond Trophy
  • The one-off Mini-only race to celebrate 50 years of the Mini
  • The Mini Coopers pushing to the limits (and beyond!) in the St. Mary's Trophy
  • Ferrari 250 GTO and E-type racing down the straight
  • Urs M´┐Żller signalling to pit in his Aston DB3S
  • Condor-Ford SII in the Chichester Cup
  • McLaren-Chevrolet M1A going through The Chicane
  • Ferrari 365P
  • Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder
  • Cooper-Buick T61 'Monaco' pitting in
  • Ford GT40 accelerating onto the main straight
  • Beart-Aermacchi Ala d'Oro follows AJS 7R 350
  • The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy for 350-500cc motorcycles that raced between 1962 and 1966
  • BMW R50

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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