IT’S the only historic race meeting where everybody wears period dress.
Yes, Goodwood Revival is back, a weekend of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around the curves of the classic motor racing circuit opened by the 9th Duke of Richmond in 1948.
Up to 150,000 race fans from all over the country are expected to descend on Goodwood, home of the Dukes of Richmond for more than 300 years, to enjoy the three-day sellout event, a theatrical and sporting drama that gathers the most significant racing cars and motorcycles as well as legendary drivers and riders from the past plus the stars of today.
At the heart of the event is wheel-to-wheel racing, when hundreds of rare and priceless cars, driven by past and present champions, compete for trophies. Stars competing in last year’s Revival included Tom Kristensen, John McGuinness, Giedo van der Garde and Jason Plato.
And this year, the British sports car maker TVR will be the first manufacturer to launch globally a new vehicle at Revival. The 1200kg car promises 200mph performance and 0-60mph in less than four seconds. With the special launch edition car being offered at under £90,000, anticipation and demand for the 400BHP per tonne, five-litre Cosworth developed V8-powered car is already at fever-pitch.
The new car will go on display in the Earls Court building, and will be showcased at the centre of a display of heritage TVRs to celebrate the British marque’s 70th anniversary.
At Revival, stylish period dress is a must, ladies traditionally donning furs and frocks and gentlemen their tweeds and trilbies.
There will also be a concours d’elegance for pre-1966 aircraft, described by Dave Ford, general manager of Goodwood Aerodrome, as “an awe-inspiring collection of aircraft”. West Sussex-based Avtrade, a global component service provider of Boeing and Airbus products to the aviation industry, has been announced as the Presenting Partner of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Picture: Drew Gibson
Revival kicks off with the chance to see all the cars, bikes and aircraft on show, culminating in a race into dusk.
The second day sees seven races on the Motor Circuit, and warbirds including Spitfires take to the sky. And the final day is another full day of historic motor racing, when the winners are crowned.
Goodwood Revival is at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Goodwood, from Friday-Sunday September 8-10.