Glorious-GoodwoodThe Goodwood Revival is, quite simply, an orgy of vintage racing. That photograph up there? That’s only a randomly- chosen from the video live-feed of the weekend’s racing, before we started writing this piece captured, plus it only occurs to depict some of racing’s best machines being driven at full-tilt. It is a quite amazing depiction of what the weekend holds. And you will see the whole thing right here, as it happens.

Whereas the likewise named Goodwood Festival of Speed that is held earlier in the year features the latest, most high tech go-fast machines the Revival is about the old school. Drawing more than 100,000 viewers, featuring the best racing cars built between the 1920s and the 1960s, and showcasing the driving talent of such stars as Brian Redman, Bobby Rahal, and Derek Bell, the Revival is perhaps the most natural environment to see classic Jaguars, Maseratis, Cobras, Ferraris, Astons, and more duke it out.

And duke it out they do. This really is no quiet, demure, Pebble Beach-fashion parade. This is all-out racing, friends that occurs precisely the same weekend as the Pebble Beach concours. Wheel-to-wheel, reddish-mist competition. Occasionally, priceless metal gets crunched, and everyone’s fine with that. You will not see Ferrari 250GTOs being kept in hermetically sealed bubbles here– you will see them on the racetrack, as Enzo and God intended.

Before you die, you have to make time. Until then, you can watch live video from the weekend right here. It’s the closest thing to being there.

The Belgian Marc VDS Racing squad, winner of the Spa 24 Hours with BMW of the year, will close its car racing programme in the end of the season.

Marc VDS will discontinue operations of its own sportscar team after this month’s final round of the European Le Mans Series at Estoril, although its bike squad that races in Moto2 and MotoGP will continue.

The decision has been made by team owner Marc van der Straten because, according to a statement, “his passion for car racing has now gone”.

The blame for this was placed on “those entrusted with the responsibility of running the team”, against whom van der Straten has made claims of fiscal mismanagement.

Van der Straten said: “Collaborators have betrayed both my confidence and the family spirit of our team.

“I am 67 years old and I do not have the time left to accept behaviour that disrespects the moral principles I hold dear.”

Marc VDS is the successor to the VDS team of the 1970s and ’80s run by the late Count Rudi van der Straten, father of Marc.

It won the European Formula 5000 Tournament in 1973 with Teddy Pilette and ’75, the North American Can-Am title with Geoff Brabham in 1981 and moved into SHOPPING CART.
Belgian Racing Zhuhai FIA GT 2007 Gillet Vertigo,

Marc van der Straten’s first steps were taken by he under the Belgian Racing banner in 2001 in team possession with the locally-built Gillet Vertigo in that year’s FIA GT Championship.

The Vertigo raced regularly in FIA GTs in 200508 before becoming Marc VDS for an assault on the new FIA GT1 World Championship in 2009 with a pair of Matech Ford GTs.

VDS went to the Blancpain Endurance Series with a GT3-spec Matech Ford in 2011 before switching to the BMW Z4 mid-season.

The relationship with BMW yielded the teams’ title in factory standing and the 2013 together with the German marque, which contains its programme in the ELMS of this year with a Z4 GTE.

Victory at Spa this year with a Z4 GT3 driven Markus Palttala, by Nicky Catsburg and Lucas Luhr followed second-place finishes at its home race in the year 2012 and fourth and’ 14.

It also finished second at the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2013 and ’15.