Motoring Returntothe goldenage ofmotoring by andrew gillingwater Get set: see fabulous cars from the Fifties and Sixties race at the Goodwood Revival T heres nothing quite like the Goodwood revival. Part historic motorsport, part vintage fashion show, part period music festival -- this is your chance to revel in the romance and theatre of motor racing as it used to be. For three days each year, the Goodwood Motor Circuit steps back in time to the Fifties and sixties by staging a series of races for cars and motorbikes that would have competed on the track during its active years between 1948-66. And its proper racing, too: whether its a regular Mini or a Ferrari 250 GTO worth 10m, each one charges flat out, bumper to bumper, around the twisty track. Add in a host of actors dressed as period characters, olde worlde shops, funfairs, auctions, aircraft displays and motor shows and its no wonder the Goodwood revival attracts more than 120,000 visitors every year. This years event takes place on 18-20 september, so heres our guide to the best attractions... Minimayhem FAshiOnAble, classless and time- less as a Mary Quant miniskirt, the iconic Mini revolutionised motoring in an instant. in true nostalgic style, this years revival celebrates the Minis 50th birthday (the first one rolled off the production line on 26 August 1959) with an amazing line-up of models of all shapes and sizes. in a special one-off event, 30 Mini Coopers will go head-to-head in the st Marys Trophy -- a two-part race where owners pair up with celebrity drivers, many of whom will have raced Minis in their professional careers. Also, a tribute parade of 50 Minis and Mini variants will lap the track on both days, so expect to see some weird and wonderful sights, including the original 1959 Austin seven, Mini limousines, Mini ice- cream vans and Mini pick-up trucks -- even one thats shaped like an Outspan orange. LadiesDay eleGAnT period dress has always been a major part of the revival experience and nowhere is this more evident than on saturday, 19 september -- the official ladies Day. T his year, the focus will b e o n t h e miniskirt and ladies w i l l b e encouraged to get their pins out and stroll down a faithful rec- reation of Carnaby street, the epi- centre of swinging sixties london. Just as ladies Day at royal Ascot, there will be prizes for the most crea- tive, but unlike Ascot, youre encour- aged to dare to bare. so if youve got it, flaunt it, and you could win a bot- tle of Veuve Clicquot champagne. EarlsCourtMotorShow FliPPinG the retro theme on i t s he ad , this exhibi- tion pro- v i d e s a glimpse i n t o t h e future. Designed to mimic the a r t d e c o style of exhibition halls in london, six manufacturers -- nissan, Ford, Jaguar, rolls-royce, Maserati and bMW -- will display a range of con- temporary cars from the Fifties and sixties, plus a few models that show off their vision of what production cars might look like in the 21st cen- tury. Theres also an intriguing dis- play of race cars for the road, so expect to see cars such as the Jaguar XKss, Ferrari F40, Mclaren F1 GTr and the new 1m Aston Martin One-77. MagicMoss eACh year, the revival honours one special individual who shares a unique relationship with Goodwood circuit and this year its one of britains greatest racing drivers, sir stirling Moss. On 17 september he will celebrate his 80th birthday and to mark the event there will be 80 cars from his career on the track. in a remarkable twist of fate, Moss started and ended his racing days at Goodwood -- a 14-year career in which he won the Grand Prix 16 times, the 1955 Mille Miglia road race and the final race of the 1959 World sportscar Championship (at Goodwood) to claim the title for Aston Martin. BrilliantBean WheTher or not youre a fan of Mr beans comedy capers, its hard not to raise a smile at some of his hapless adventures, especially the famous scene where he drives his beloved Mini from the comfort of an armchair attached to the roof, using just a mop and string to operate the pedals and steering. Classic stuff. At this years revival, Mr bean (aka rowan Atkinson) has agreed to recreate the sketch and drive around the track to celebrate the Minis 50th birthday and 20 years since he first created the character. Atkinson is no stranger to the revival, having raced here for several years, so dont miss him tear- ing around in the st Marys Trophy. Battlebirds belieVe it or not but the Goodwood circuit is as inextricably linked with wartime aircraft as it is with motor racing. During the second World War the circuit area was part of a battle of britain airfield. in its memory, theres the Freddie March spirit of Aviation -- Goodwoods very own display dedicated to some of the worlds finest pre-1966 aircraft. The main event is a collection of 22 rare and original static aircraft, including the Vickers Vimy, which will perform its very last fly-past. Also, there are seven incredible warbirds that will take to the skies during the weekend -- look out for the distinctive shape and sound of the spitfire, Mustang, lancaster and Vulcan. Famousfaces The revival is also a great place to spot your favourite celebrities, so look out for sir Terence Conran, Chris barrie (who made his name playing rimmer in red Dwarf ), motoring experts and TV presenters James May and Tiff needell, plus, Us astronaut buzz Aldrin. Wonderwheels sTAr cars and bikes are on show this year. Dont miss the Ford GT40s in the Whitsun Trophy or seven Jaguar e-types in the rAC TT Celebration race, along with four Aston Martin Db4s. Five Maserati 250Fs compete in the richmond Trophy, while a Ferrari Dino 156 sharknose stars in the Glover Trophy. A host of nortons, MV Agustas and Matchless motorbikes fizz round in the barry sheene Memorial Trophy. 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