And, true to form, all the favourites are back, offering competitors and visitors a feast of single-seaters, sportscars, touring cars and bikes. Here’s what you can look forward to…
Race 1: Kinrara Trophy (60 mins – two drivers)
After a scintillating debut at last year’s Revival, the Friday-evening race for closed-cockpit GT cars – of three litres and over – of a type that raced before 1963 will make for a very welcome curtain-raiser to the meeting. The sight of twirling wheels and glowing discs as a horde of throttle-balanced beauties battle into the dusk cannot be missed.
Race 2: Chichester Cup (20 mins)
There’s been a Chichester Cup race on the Revival programme every year bar one, for good reason: the rear-engined Formula Juniors with drum brakes, of a type that raced between 1958 and 1962 – period stepping-stone-to-stardom single-seaters – provide thrilling combat around the fast sweeps of the Motor Circuit, every single time.
Race 3: Madgwick Cup (20 mins)
The baby sportscar race, for prototypes under three litres of a type that raced between 1955 and 1960, is no less exciting than its Whitsun Trophy big brother. A packed grid of Brabham, Crossle, Elva and Lotus machines creates real elbows-out needle on track, with the quickest cars trying everything to eke out an advantage in the 20-minute scrap.
Race 4: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins – two riders)
The first of a pair of two-rider races for motorcycles of a type that raced between 1960 and 1966, whose indecent pace belies their age, takes place on Saturday. With a Le Mans-style start, in which riders run across the track to their waiting steeds, and a compulsory pit stop, the pro/am event is as frenetic as it is fabulous. And they go again on Sunday!