One is a legendary figure in motorsport with “national treasure” status and the other is, erm, Beatles icon John Lennon. Well, we can all imagine, can’t we?
Okay, it is in fact our MD Gary Watts dressed in his finery as the legendary musician during a photo shoot (one picture, that’s all you’re getting, said Jackie) at the magnificent Goodwood Revival.
Former F1 hero Sir Jackie Stewart, the Flying Scot who won three World Drivers’ Championships, was on hand to meet and greet the great and the good — and Gary — at the event over the weekend.
The meeting, to which Gary went with HRH Helen, came with a backdrop of world-class historic racing, air displays, music, dancing, vintage fashion and a nostalgic fun-fair as Goodwood Revival celebrated it 20th anniversary with the event proving to be bigger and better than ever before.
But how did the keenly anticipated petrolhead bonanza come about? Well, it was originally established by the ninth Duke of Richmond, known as Freddie March, at the end of WW2. Freddie was passionate about racing and was persuaded by his friend, and RAF hero, Tony Gaze that the perimeter road of RAF Westhampnett would made a thrilling race track.
The circuit opened in 1948 to host Britain’s first post-war motor race meeting at a permanent venue. Goodwood became the spiritual home of British motor racing. All the top drivers of the day raced at Goodwood, from Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in the 1950s, to Jim Clark and Graham Hill through the 1960s.
The circuit held its last race meeting in the summer of 1966, when the Duke of Richmond feared that the current crop of cars was becoming too fast for the Sussex-based circuit. Then, in 1998, 50 years to the day since the circuit first opened, the current Duke of Richmond, (Freddie March’s grandson, known then as Lord March), brought motor racing back to Goodwood with the very first Revival meeting and it hasn’t looked back!