Goodwood Revival 2016

Reader Contribution by Alan Cathcart
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Britain’s annual Goodwood Revival is the world’s premier Historic racing event on both two wheels and four. The three-day race meeting at the 2.367-mile so-called Goodwood Motor Circuit caters to the motorcycles and cars that would have competed there before it closed in 1966 (it reopened in 1998), with an annual sell-out crowd of 180,000 spectators, almost all in ’60s-style period clothing.

In the two-part event’s Saturday leg, run in torrential rain, eight-time Isle of Man TT winner and former Honda factory Endurance racer Charlie Williams teamed with Mike Farrall to splash to victory aboard the third-oldest bike in the race, a rigid-framed 1933 500cc Rudge TTR that began life as a dirt oval-track speedway racer.

Two-time 500cc World Champion Freddie Spencer rode the actual Norton Daytona Manx that Dick Klamfoth rode to victory in the 1952 Daytona 200 on the old beach/road circuit. Teamed with Julian Ide, the pair placed 16th in Saturday’s wet race before suffering transmission problems on the warm-up lap for the dry second leg. — Alan Cathcart

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