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It’s almost a law of nature. If it rains at Goodwood, the sun will be out in full force at Spa – and vice versa. So when the 2014 Revival was graced with three days of Indian summer weather it was almost inevitable that conditions at Spa would be the reverse. And so it turned out. On the Saturday night of the Spa Six Hours the Ardennes were treated to thunderstorms of tropical proportions, and the race had to be red-flagged ten minutes from the end. Martin Stretton and Diogo Ferrão came through the deluge for a popular win, but the rain lashed down so hard that they were only able to pick up their trophies the following morning. Spraying the bubbly would have gone completely unnoticed in the monsoon that even to Francorchamps’ high standards was unprecedented.
This time around there were no big announcements like in the last two years, such as the Silver Arrows performing a race enactment or the return of the night race. However, the 2014 edition of the Goodwood Revival had plenty of smaller surprises in store. The BRM Type 15 out on track, a huge collection of Maserati 250Fs in a recreation of the Monza paddock, the Rover-BRM turbine car as a part of the tribute to Jackie Stewart. Add some very interesting one-off races to that – such as the all-Jaguar D-type and XKSS Lavant Cup, or the Shelby Cup this time catering to all sorts of American Ford V8 variants – and those who decided that they’d seen it and done it were wronged again. And then the weather was nice, too.
Three years into the reborn Historic GP at Zandvoort, it was an easy guess what the visitors from abroad were going to say. Most were now back for the second or third time, and they loved it. No matter who you talked to, they all loved the track, the people and the atmosphere, and almost fell over each to praise the event. In an action-packed schedule that crammed even more sessions and races in the same three days, the audience on the grandstands and in the dunes could hardly catch a breath. We were present all three days and were left breathless too.
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