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D-Day veterans honoured at Goodwood Revival

Published 15 September 2014

This year’s Goodwood Revival paid tribute to the men and women of Sussex who contributed during the years of the Second World War.

More than 100 period vehicles, accompanied by over 400 re-enacters in period costume took part in a poignant parade that brought home the debt we owe to those who contributed to the war effort.

In 1939, the ninth Duke of Richmond gave the land that is now Goodwood Motor Circuit to the nation for the duration of the conflict. It became RAF Westhampnett, a Spitfire base home to legendary pilot Sir Douglas Bader.

Twenty-three D-Day veterans were present at the Revival on Sunday. ‘We are really honoured that they are here,' said Lord March as the crowd applauded their presence.

The vehicles then took to the track, ranging from Austin 7 wireless car to an AEC Matador Gun Tractor and a number of Willys Jeeps to a pair of Dodge WC54 ambulances.

Motorcyles also took part in the parade with period representatives of such charismatic makes as Matchless, BSA, Norton and Royal Enfield.

They were joined in the skies as two Supermarine Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane accompanied the world’s only two airworthy Avro Lancaster bombers.

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