Goodwood Revival was cancelled due to Covid-19, 2CV Adventures, run by Toby and Finella Kilner, though it might just be a jolly good idea to arrange a small alternative charity-based event to fill the gap. So, the “Not The Revival” rally came into being.
Not only were the 2CVs out in force on the day, but also, a further 27 classic cars including; Jaguars, Lagondas, Aston Martins, MGs, ACs, Bentleys, Mercedes and many made it round the 115km route, meandering through the country lanes of Hampshire and West Sussex.
The day started with The Flight of the Valkyries which accompanied two World War 1 model bi-planes aircraft that treated everyone to a wonderful aerobatic display. Proceedings for the day were blessed by Brian Prichard, the Dean of Alton, which was followed immediately by a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, sung by all..
Once briefed, 35 vehicles left at 1-minute intervals for their two-and-a-half-hour drive in the glorious September sunshine, on the St Covid Trophy Rally. Cars passed through the village at the beginning, and end of the rally. Giving Oakhanger’s residents a chance to see these superb machines in action.
After picnics were consumed, the Concourse D’Elegance took place (a car beauty pageant) kindly judged by John Mac. The winner was a beautiful Alpha Romeo GC 1937 and other prizes were won by the oldest car in attendance a Bean 1922 and the quirkiest, a Tuk Tu. Both of which made it around the full course.
The day wrapped up with traditional prizing giving. After that, the participants hopped into their splendid vehicles and scattered to the four winds.
Maybe 2021, will require a follow-on rally? Here’s hoping that the cars will return to grace us with their dazzling presence again.
You too can hire one the 2CVs for the day. Have a think about it…
The whole event was in aid of – Robbie’s Rehab and HALOW charities.