Roaring engines, Iconic cars and the sweet smell of benzene; it can only be Goodwood Revival, a celebration of the motoring world in the Halcyon days. So, what can you expect from this three-day motoring extravaganza?
Over the weekend of the 8-10th September, the Goodwood circuit will once again come alive to the sound of engines and motor enthusiasts excitement. An event like no other, this weekend features classics from the time period of 1948-1966, an era that produced some of the most beautiful cars we have seen.
Now, if you’re looking to buy a ticket for this highly anticipated weekend, then, unfortunately, you are out of luck, however, if you’re ready to go with tickets in hand, then keep on reading. Expect crowds dressed in clothing to match the era, fully embracing the time that these beautiful machines were created, the estate is flooded with authentic vintage attire from the 40’s-60’s, British to the core, these trends plunge you into the glamour of car racing during the height of Goodwood’s motor circuit racing.
The main attraction of the weekend is, of course, the racing. The first race will take place at twilight on Friday evening, gearing all ticket holders up for the 7-race magnificence on Saturday. A full day of racing on Saturday starts with the Chichester cup followed by the Madgwick Cup, a twenty-minute race involving prototypes of under three litres that raced between 1960-1966, including Brabham, Elva and Lotus models. Next up you have the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy part one, the first instalment of the motorcycle race between two sixties engines.
Running through into the second half of the day, you will find the St Mary’s trophy race, part one. A race between mechanically identical Austin A35s (with their paintwork being the only difference), for many attending, this is often the highlight of the revival weekend and will ignite the senses, with it set to be the closest race in Goodwood revival history. Once you get your cool back, the next race to follow will be the Goodwood Trophy, a race made up of classic Grand Prix and Voiturette cars from either side of WW2; including Maseratis and Alfa Romeos, this is set to be a spectacular sight for all. Finally, Saturday’s races conclude with the Freddie March Memorial Trophy; commemorating the spirit of the Goodwood Nine hours these legendary endurance races would start at 3 pm and finish at the chime of midnight. Of course, it will be a shortened version, no one wants to watch a nine-hour race, but it will include motors such as drum-baked Ferraris and Maseratis, it’s set to be a spectacle!
If Saturday’s day of back to back racing wasn’t enough to whet the senses, fear not, Sunday sees another seven races including the Chichester cup; featuring front-engined, single-seater cars, and The Sussex Trophy; featuring beautifully powerful world championship sports cars from 1955-1960, including Aston Martin, Jaguar and Lister. Not to mention, Sunday is, of course, the day when the winners are crowned, giving you the perfect end celebration to an engine filled weekend.
We look forward to turning back time with the crowds, at the infamous weekend where world-class classic cars and vintage style collide in a spectacular manner. As Jools Holland said, “It’s like walking back perfectly into a black and white photograph, except it’s in colour and 3D, it’s amazing”. We’ll see you at the grandstand!