Abarth enthusiasts Angelo Eugenio and his friend Geoffrey Fernandez whizzing down The Strand with two big grins pretty much summarises how all Abarth owners feel when they put their foot down and accelerate! Timed perfectly with “Bella Italia” in the background this translates to “Beautiful Italy”, another moment captured complimenting the roots of the Italian hot hatches and paying homage to its founder Carlo Abarth, this was further proof “The Spirit of The Scorpion” was with us again
Goodwood Revival 2022
Originally held in 1998 to bring back the atmosphere of race meetings that were held there from 1948 to 1966, The Revival has become an annual three day all-vintage marathon that takes place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, England and attracts visitors from all over the world.
When it comes to historic motorsport, the racing calendar is never complete without the spectacle that is the Goodwood Revival. Finally, after a couple of years of disruption, 2022 saw the highlight event of the classic car year back in full swing with capacity crowds and a jaw-dropping ensemble of cars that covered almost every era. Spectators were treated to numerous delightful surprises, and this years event did not disappoint!
Known for taking visitors back in time, last weekend was as good as ever as 100,000 spectators dressed in period correct outfits from the 1940s – 1960s descended on the ex-RAF airbase in West Sussex to have an experience of all things vintage.
If you have never been, the best way to explain the experience would be to imagine that you are an extra in a film with thousands of other visitors.
From historic aircraft displays both on the ground and in the air, to a complete retro film set recreated for visitors to feel like they were dropped into the set of ‘Grease’ and the new ‘Thrive and Revive’ village that showcased the best vintage inspired arts and crafts – there was truly something for everyone, whether they were a car lover or not. A visit to the Revival is truly a magical step back in time.
This years track highlights included 15 races and celebrations spread over the weekend. Crowd favourites were the hugely entertaining Lavant Cup, featuring no less than 30 MGB’s on the grid locked in bumper to bumper battles.
Friday night’s usual sunset race, the Stirling Moss Trophy was replaced this year by the Freddie March Memorial Trophy to celebrate 70 years since the very first Goodwood Nine Hours, a triple-A enduro of early 1950s sportscar racing.
Despite the excitement of all the racing, there also seemed to be a shared sense of sincerity because of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Marked by respectful tributes and moments of silence over the three days, the 2022 Revival was a weekend that celebrated and represented Britain at its very best.
On a glorious sunny Sunday morning Abarths came from near and far to enjoy a truly epic day in London. Starting at Battersea Park, the convoy of 9 cars met early and one by one the variety of Abarths appeared in all shapes, sizes and colours. The enthusiast-owned cars were all freshly washed to give London and the world a display as to why the popular Italian cars are so much fun.
In order to understand why Abarth owners are so passionate about their little hot hatches, we must take a step back and recognise the founder of the company Carlo Abarth: a Austrian native from Vienna born as Karl Albert Abarth who later migrated to Italy and adopted the name Carlo Abarth (correctly pronounced by Italians as “EH-BART”). The founding father of the company was bold, brave and a genius in his own right, but also a man who challenged the status quo by not being afraid to take on the big guys. Blessed with a God given mechanical talent and a thirst for speed, in his younger days Carlo Abarth raced motorbikes and would become a five time European Champion – this was even more impressive as Carlo didn’t have a race team behind him, he operated solo and worked on the bikes himself with no support.
The Festival of Speed was back in full force after the long covid break attracting thousands of car enthusiasts from around the world to the historic racetrack in the south coast of England. The theme of for year’s annual event was ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’, which was carefully thought about to display some of the finest cars from each era and showcase their technical advancements in the racing automobile world.
The smell of fuel and burning tyres for petrolheads is music to their ears and the four day event can be considered to be the equivalent of the Glastonbury music festival, with the car parks opening their doors at 6:30am, and the sound of engines revving late in to the evening.
The weekend attracted the biggest names from the motoring world including Sir Jackie Stewart, Jenson Button, Nigel Mansell, and Damon Hill to name a few, as well as celebrities such as Ex footballer David Beckham and famous chef Gordon Ramsey, both of which have their own well regarded car collections.
The BMW M3 from 1986 was the first of its kind and came straight from the Motorsports world. Thanks to its numerous wins in the touring car championships the E30M3 quickly became one of BMW Ms most iconic cars! The idea was simple: to create a sports coupe that would be enjoyed on the road, as much as on the racetrack. As a homologation vehicle for the touring car championship the M3 was first produced in 1986. From the standard E30 models only the doors and the roof were used for the M3, everything else was redesigned and fitted into the M3 using high-tech motorsports know-how.