GWA give you an insight into what you can expect from next month’s Goodwood revival.
The Goodwood Revival is one of the best motorsport events anywhere in the world. Goodwood’s aim is to recreate the circuit’s glory years, from 1948, when it hosted Britain’s first post war motor race to 1966, when Freddie March deemed that the cars had simply become too fast for the circuit.
Not only are the cars and motorcycles on track presented in period at Goodwood, but every single detail, from support vehicles to food outlets and shops have been carefully designed to create a step back in time. Visitors are encouraged to where vintage outfits of which the majority do all helping to add to the atmosphere to what is a truly memorable weekend.
When is the Revival?
This year’s Goodwood Revival takes place from September 9th -11th. Unlike the Festival of Speed, which is held in the grounds of Goodwood House, the Revival takes place at the motor circuit, which sits around the perimeter of a Second World War airfield. In addition, Goodwood holds a vintage fun fair, live music, bar, catering and shops. So you will be constantly entertained.
Tickets for the Revival must be bought in advance from the Goodwood website. This is a hugely popular event and tickets do sell out a long way ahead of the event itself, so be sure to book early. Currently there are only hospitality tickets available.
What can I expect to see?
You can expect to see the circuit and its surroundings converted to look like Goodwood in its hayday.
As for on track action, the schedule includes 15 races featuring single seaters, saloons and motorcycles. The highlights for this year include the RAC TT, Home to the world’s most expensive grid, with £150 million worth of closed cockpit GT cars from the early to mid Sixties. The St Mary’s Trophy dedicated to the Austin A35 and the Kinrara Trophy, a new race seeing the likes of the Aston Martin DB4 GT and the Jaguar E type race into the sunset, evoking the spirit of Le Mans.
This year there will also be a track parade dedicated to the life and career of Sir Jack Brabham to mark the 50th anniversary of his final world championship win.
Other highlights include the Revival High street with shops selling everything from vintage leather jackets to automotive artwork and even a recreation of the Earls Court motor show, where “contemporary” cars meet futuristic concepts from 2016.
Will there be famous racing drivers at the Revival?
Absolutely. Regulars include the likes of Derek Bell, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, while celebrities such as Rowan Atkinson, and Sir Chris Hoy have also been known to compete. Speaking of the Revival, Atkinson remarked: “It’s like a period painting or a black and white photograph brought wonderfully to life.”
Will I see Spitfires at the Revival this year?
The Revival is home to one of the world’s greatest displays of vintage aircraft in the form of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours. This will include Spitfires, as Goodwood was home to 5 squadrons of Spitfires, Hurricanes and North American P-51 Mustangs during the war, as a relief base for nearby RAF Tangmere. Goodwood is still the home of a number of Spitfires and a Harvard, which regularly fly over the GWA offices and give quite a display.
Also on show this year will be a de Havilland Chipmunk which was first flown in 1947 and is the oldest still flying of its type in the world, a Ryan SCW145 which is being shipped from Australia and a Blackburn B-2 that is the type’s sole survivor.
So between cars, bikes and planes there will be plenty of nostalgia on offer. If you have been so lucky to get tickets for this year’s revival enjoy the experience and if not be sure to book early next year.
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