Finally the waiting is over and our little corner of West Sussex is once again alive with what we’re proud to declare is the very finest historic motorsport meeting anywhere in the world.
A swift wander of the grounds reveals driver, riders, cars, bikes, aircraft and visitors who have travelled here from each of the continents. And what a sight it is. Even though the Revival is slowly creeping up on its twentieth birthday it always manages to surprise and delight its visitors.
This year’s event kicked-off with something new and the parade of the Gasser Circus which did a fine job of preparing early arrivers for the day ahead. In fact that’s something of an understatement. More accurately, the accumulative effect of a field of highly-tuned American V8s grabbed only slightly less attention than a meteorite passing over the circuit would and was probably the loudest and most colourful start to any Revival meeting. The Gassers were followed swiftly with the first Freddie March Memorial Trophy timed practice session as the meeting proper got underway.
In no time some of the vintage warbirds were airborne and forcing people to choose between craning their necks to the skies or keeping their focus on the blacktop where the six Shelby American Daytonas were all taking part in a high speed demonstration for the first time ever. The meeting was barely two hours old before we’d made history!
Stay tuned for many more stories, video clips and galleries as the Revival gathers pace.
Photography by Pete Summers and Tom Shaxson