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Return of the king: Kristensen back at Goodwood Revival

23 July, 2015

Le Mans–legend Tom Kristensen will make his return to this year’s Goodwood Revival event, which is being held at the Goodwood Circuit in England on September 11–13, after a two-year hiatus. Kristensen will compete in the RAC Tourist Trophy (TT) category, alongside numerous heavy hitters from years gone by.

Held annually at the historic circuit, the Goodwood Revival sees a plethora of vintage racers of all backgrounds take to the track. With only cars and bikes from the 1950s–’60s motorsport era present, teams and fans often get into period-correct mood themselves, donning vintage garb and creating a memorable portal into Europe’s rich motorsport history.

Kristensen will be joined by fellow former 24 Hours of Le Mans victors Emanuele Pirro, Richard Attwood, Jackie Oliver, Andy Wallace, Jochen Mass, and Mark Blundell. Kristensen retired from full-time racing in November 2014, ending a career that included a record six wins at Le Mans.

But as is the custom at events like the Revival, the cars are the real stars. Over £150,000,000, or NZ$353,480,000, worth of cars will be competing in the TT alone, with Kristensen to be behind the wheel of a 1963 Lister Coupé — a car campaigned previously by former British Touring Car–driver Anthony Reid.

Many more legendary drivers and riders from past and present are yet to be announced, with Formula 1, IndyCar, sports car, touring car, MotoGP, superbike, and road-racing competitors all set to be represented.

Penny’s Pagoda – Mercedes Benz 230 SL

We scouted out a few different locations for photographing this car, but they all had one thing in common. At every stop, people could not help but come up and compliment owner Penny Webster on her stunning Horizon Blue Mercedes 230 SL.
There’s something about the ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes — so-called because the distinctive dipping curve of its roofline echoes that of the famous Eastern tiered temples — that encourages people to speak up.
Many classic cars attract a second look, but in most cases people keep their thoughts to themselves. It was striking how many people felt the need to express the warmth of their feelings about this car.
The expansive glass cockpit, the friendly, subtle lines, and its simple three-box shape seem to encourage openness among passers-by.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.