The site of 30 of these low-power, lightweight Austins, all built between 1952 and 1968, will be a sight to behold, with fun being the only compulsory prerequisite. That’s not to say the drivers won’t be trying every legitimate trick in the book to win, as Goodwood Road & Racing’s very own track tester and 2013 BTCC champ Andrew Jordan, who’s sharing an A35 with father and former BTCC race winner Mike, attests.
“Being invited to take part in the Revival, especially the St Mary’s Trophy, with our family-built cars is very special. The past two years have provided me with some of the very best racing I’ve been part of.
“This year’s St Mary’s should be closer than ever, with the Academy cars as equal as you can get in any one-make series.
“The entry list is the most impressive I’ve seen, but we’re going there with the aim of winning!”
With Grand Prix winner David Coulthard joining Le Mans 24 Hours victors Mark Blundell, David Brabham and Oliver Gavin, ex-F1 racer-turned TV pundit Karun Chandhok, rally legend Rauno Aaltonen, Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and TV funny man Rowan Atkinson on the grid, this is guaranteed to be miss-it-your-peril entertainment on an epic scale.
Photography by Tim Brown