Goodwood has revealed 148,000 guests visited the 2014 Revival, making it yet another huge attendance for the 17th running of the retro-themed motor racing event.
This was a sell-out crowd – and the packed crowds enjoyed a suitably packed schedule of racing over the three days of the event.
Highlights included the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-Type, which was marked by a 30-car parade, and the 60th anniversary of Maserati’s sublime 250F Grand Prix racer. Remarkably, examples of the iconic car made up two-thirds of the Richmond Trophy race for 1950s GP racers.
Sir Jackie Stewart’s career was celebrated 50 years after it began at Goodwood in 1964 with a 24-car parade, whose drivers included fellow legends John Surtees, Richard Attwood and Mark Webber.
It was also 75 years of RAC Westhampnett: this was Goodwood Aerodrome’s name during World War II. To do the anniversary proud, a staggering display of 600 military vehicles and personnel was arranged – including a flypast of the only two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world.
“The 17th Goodwood Revival drew a record crowd,” said Lord March, “who not only witnessed some of the most iconic racing cars ever built dicing wheel-to-wheel, but also celebrated the career of the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart and paid tribute to the bravery of all those from West Sussex who were involved in World War II.
“The sight of two Lancaster Bombers in the sky together at sunset is something nobody who was there will ever forget.”
The all-time capacity record at the Goodwood Revival was in 2003, when 158,000 people attended during the weekend. The event suffered from overcrowding though, so organisers capped it at 150,000 and made it an advance ticket only event.
Which makes an attendance this year of 148,000 from 150,000 something many event organisers will undoubtedly be envious of…