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Was it Narain Karthikeyan's presence? Or simply the glow that seems to radiate brighter every year from every historic item when the pre-'66 motor racing scene visits the Goodwood Motor Circuit? Whichever it was, the track was bathing in Indian summer sunshine rarely seen in Britain, and it made the spectacle even more pleasurable to behold.

The racing was on a higher level again, too - a couple of red flags notwithstanding. The duelling on the long straights and into the tighter corners of St. Mary's and Lavant was knife-edged but secure, epitomized by Johnny Herbert's attack of Lavant corner here. It should be noted that this scene did not end in acrimony. In fact, not a single spot of paint was swapped. Sideways action ranged from Robert Beebee's brave little Frazer Nash TT Replica to Vitantonio Liuzzi's brash Plymouth Barracuda. There were moments of fear, though, when Ted Rollason rolled his lowline Cooper at Lavant. He was lucky to escape uninjured.

Those interested in machines rather than the people racing them could rejoice in all sorts of car debuts - from the cute little Austin Seven Special, aptly nicknamed 'Rubber Duck' to the South African Heron-Alfa Romeo F1, raced in the sixties by Ernest Pieterse and completed only two days before the event. And so the Revival Meeting easily met every motor racing aficionado's wishes, diverse as they may be. It did with ours anyway.

The days' pictures