Looking ahead to the Goodwood Revival

Looking ahead to the Goodwood Revival

The first year I moved to the UK to race in the British Championship, I was lucky enough to also ride at the Goodwood Revival. In 2013, Bob Minogue from Australia had Bob Rosenthal and Jim Scaysbrook riding his bike over here at the event. His friend Kevin Grant, a New Zealander (who also happens to own one of the Britten V1000's) got my contact through Bob, and called me up and offered me the ride, and to team up with Ex GP Rider and true gentleman, John Woodley. This was my first experience at the Goodwood Revival, and what a weekend it was! Being able to listen to some of the racing stories from Bob Rosenthal, Jim Scaysbrook and John Woodley was inspiring, and very much full circle, hearing of money troubles, politics, huge highs, injuries, and everything in between.


The event it self is like nothing I've ever experienced. The Philip Island 'Island Classic' is certainly the most competitive classic event I've been involved in, but the Revival is not after that crown. This is like Disneyland for motoring enthusiasts. The whole event is based on the 50's and 60's era. From aeroplanes, motorcycles and cars, to rockabilly bands, fashion and food. Everyone from the competitors to the spectators dress up in this era, and it truly does feel like stepping back in time.


In 2014 I was asked back by Gordon and Sally Russell to ride their Norton Dominator. Again, an amazing event, which each year you seem to find more interesting things and new additions. The wall of death was something pretty special! The racing and on track activities aren't as serious as most classic racing, as it is supposed to be more of a spectacle than an actual competitive race. But we are all racers at heart, so we always want to beat the next guy! Each team has a professional rider, with the likes of Kevin Schwantz, Freddie Spencer and Troy Corser attending the event, so it's pretty special to be out on track with these guys.


I was unable to compete last year, due to my injuries in BSB putting me out for the remainder of 2015. Fortunately I have been offered the opportunity to ride at this event again for Gordon and Sally Russell, on their Norton Dominator. My Parents will be over in the UK at this time, which will be nice to have them attend the event with my wife and I. I'll ensure to provide plenty of photos of the event, but in the mean time, here are some from previous years I was able to attend. I will have some news shortly regarding the remainder of the BSB season, as I am hoping to do the final two rounds, in preparation for next season.


Levi Day