History on wheels: The best from the 2016 Goodwood Revival

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Highlights from the 2016 Goodwood Revival(Credit: Goodwood)

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Hot on the heels of the Goodwood Festival of Speed comes one of the world's best classic car festivals. Rather than following the motor show norm and putting priceless classics on rotating plinths, the Goodwood Revival sees those priceless classics running flat out around a track. It's not just the cars putting on a good old fashioned show, even the crowds get dressed up in their ritziest retro clothes. Here's a look at the highlights from this roaring throwback to the glory days of motor racing.

E-Type extravaganza

This wouldn't be a British celebration of classic motoring without an appearance from at least one E-Type. Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the E-Type remains a timeless piece of design. Even Enzo Ferrari fell for its charms, labelling it the "most beautiful car in the world."

Vehicles great and small

The E-Type might be beautiful, but it's not the only British icon capable of turning heads. This 1957 Leyland Routemaster, which usually lives at the London Bus Museum, was one of just four prototypes created to test the design set to replace the aging fleet of electric trolleybuses running around London streets.

The bus was initially used on Route 8, before being retired from public service and put to work as a driver training vehicle in late 1959. After four years as a trainer, the bus was used as a spare parts box for one of the other early Leyland prototypes, before being repaired and overhauled in 1965.

SLT 58 was picked up by the London Bus Museum in 1974, where it was restored by a team of volunteers in 2003/2004.

Simplify, then add Lotus

When it comes to old-fashioned racing glamour and drama, it's impossible to forget about Formula 1. This 1966 Lotus 43 BRM was piloted by Jim Clark, who won two world championships before he was killed during an F2 race at Hockenheim in 1968.

Clark might have been a wizard behind the wheel, but even he could only manage one win behind the wheel of the 43 BRM in 1966. Powered by a heavy, unreliable BRM P75 H16 engine, the car never reached the same heights as its legendary predecessor.

In spite of its foibles, the little Lotus does have one claim to fame. It remains the only sixteen-cylinder car to ever win a grand prix, a record that's unlikely to be broken in the current tightly regulated era of turbocharging and downsizing.

There's plenty more good stuff where this came from. Check out the 2016 Goodwood Revival photo gallery to enjoy more classic metal.

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