on 25 September 2008
Anyone who has visited Goodwood will know that it is the attention to detail which separates these events from others. This philosophy no doubt stems from Lord March himself and this book is a perfect reflection of it.
Doug Nye, the author, is not only a very highly regarded expert on historic motor sport but also an entertaining writer, making this a book which is enjoyable to either dip in and out of, or to settle down and read. Doing the latter will require strong arms as this is a heavy book.
The large page size lends even the act of casual browsing an air of significance, neatly echoing the events themselves and the sense of occasion that is woven into every aspect of the Goodwood experience. The design and use of images is very clean and clear, all accurately capturing the atmosphere of Goodwood Revival.
There are old and new images, including a very welcome selection of artwork (race programmes, tickets, badges etc) from both the original period and the past decade.
Broken into sections covering the history of the track, Freddy March (grandfather of the present Lord March and the man who was behind turning the disused WW2 airfield into a race circuit) and the ten Revival events, the book gives much more information than can be found in existing material - programmes, web sites, etc - but not so much as to be daunting or impenetrable.
The second half of the book is devoted to a run through of each race, year by year, with entry lists and results. Dotted throughout are short essays by various drivers, notables and others now associated with the Revival, giving their own views on the events and the genuinely unique atmosphere created there each year.
I find Goodwood merchandise is always good quality, but often expensive. This book, especially at the price from Amazon, is very good value for money and I happily recommend it to anyone with an interest in the event or historic racing in general.
on 28 September 2008
Exceptional and comprehensive account of the Goodwood Revival starting from the circuits early days, and before through to its re-opening in 1998 and the annual festival of nostalgia that is the Goodwood Revival. Captures the atmoshpere, the action through summary race reports, records of starters and finishers and some excellent photography that woud normally grace more expensive books. Recommended.
on 20 January 2010
For anyone who has enjoyed the Goodwood Revival or simply loves sports and racomg cars, no older than Dec 1966; this is a wonderful evocation of that world. Goodwood Revival is that absolutely unique occasion, where the setting and the enthusiats recreate in large part, the ethos of that golden era. On a dull winter day or a high summers day, reading this book makes you want to be there again and experience watching "seat of the pants motor racing.," then this book is for you; so will the next one be, for the next decade, when due !