Goodwood: The World’s Most Popular Historic Motor Race Meeting
The Goodwood Revival offers exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic circuit untouched by the modern world. It recreates a golden era of motor sport, being the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the Fifties and Sixties. Bring the family to enjoy unrivalled viewing from the grassy banks around the circuit and witness motor racing legends of yesteryear doing battle with some of the stars of today.
The Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race
The star-studded Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race is the weekend’s centrepiece, with a grid of super-rare GT jewels locked in combat during this one-hour, two-driver race, with many cars driven by a famous name from the world of motor racing. It features a £30 million field of exotic cars, including AC Cobra and Ferrari 330 LMB, plus Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, Ferrari GTO, Shelby American Cobra Daytona and Chevrolet Corvette.
St. Mary’s Saloon car race
The St. Mary’s Trophy saloon car race is guaranteed to bring the crowd to its feet. Famous drivers team up with the cars’ owners in an exciting two-part race. Following a thrilling dice in 2004 between Fifties cars such as 2.4-litre Jaguar MkIs taking on Austin A35, Sunbeam Rapier, Morris Minor and many others, it’s once again the turn of the Sixties cars in 2005. Expect to see gigantic Ford Falcon and Galaxie taking on Mini Cooper, Lotus Cortina, BMW 1800 TiSA, Vauxhall VX4/90, to name but a few.
Following the success of the demonstration of Brooklands-type cars in 2003 and the inaugural race in 2004, the popular Brooklands Trophy will once again offer a 10-lap contest for the kind of cars that raced at the famous British circuit before WW2.
Earl of March Trophy
Back by popular demand for the first time since 2002 is the race for the most junior single-seater cars of the Fifties, namely motorcycle-engined 500cc F3 cars. These were the karts of their day, and legends like Stirling Moss, Ken Tyrrell and John Cooper began their motor sport careers in this category. This race will be an 8-lap battle for 500cc and Formula 3 cars of a type that raced between 1948 and 1959. Coopers dominate the field, interspersed with Kieft, JBS, Martin, Emeryson, Trenberth and others. Power is provided by JAP, Norton, Triumph and Vincent motorcycle engines.
Classic Single Seaters
Goodwood will once again echo to the growl of archetypal Grand Prix cars. The Goodwood Trophy caters for pre-1955 cars, while the Richmond and Gordon Trophies features classic 2.5-litre cars of the late Fifties. The Glover Trophy is for the latest 1.5-litre Sixties cars. There is also a race for Formula Junior cars, the eligibility for which changes on a three-year basis. In 2005 it’s the turn of the fastest disc-braked FJ2 cars – expect the usual thrills and spills from these small-capacity single seaters.
Thrilling Sports Cars
The Revival boasts a range of sports car races. The ground will shake as 10,000bhp of 1960s ‘big banger’ sports prototype cars take to the track for the Whitsun Trophy, including Ford GT40s, as well as powerful McLarens, Ferrari prototypes and many others. The Sussex Trophy sees exotic Jaguar D-types, Aston Martin DBR1s, Listers and Ferraris battling hard in what is always one of the most closely-contested races of the weekend. The Freddie March Memorial Trophy for cars that contested the legendary Goodwood Nine Hour race will once again take the form of a 12-lap sprint, featuring classic sports-racing cars such as Jaguar C-type, Aston Martin DB3S, Maserati A6GCS, Ferrari, HWM and Austin Healey.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
The two-part Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy (previously the Lennox Cup) is the only historic motorcycle race where you will see legions of Italian exotics from MV Agusta, Gilera and Aermacchi taking on the British Manx Norton and Matchless racers. Previous winners include such illustrious names as the late, great Barry Sheene, former World Champion Wayne Gardner and British hero Jamie Whitham.
Great drivers take to the track
The Revival grids often feature some of the most famous names from the history of motor racing. Grand Prix stars such as Sir Stirling Moss, Gerhard Berger, Patrick Tambay, René Arnoux Allan McNish and Johnny Herbert compete against top historic racers such as Peter Hardman, Tiff Needell and Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams.
Tribute to a Great Driver
Each year the Revival pays homage to the career of a legendary motor sport hero. In 2004 the event commemorated the career of three-times World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. In 2005 there will be a special celebration in honour of Sir Jackie Stewart.
‘It’s like a Gigantic Film Set’
The Revival is far more than a series of races for historic cars – it is a magical step back in time and a chance to revel in the romance of motor racing as it used to be. The circuit is unchanged from its heyday and great lengths are taken to ensure that everything on the site is exactly as it was. Bands play authentic Fifties music; all of the food served on-site has a 1950s flavour, right down to fi sh and chips wrapped in recreated Fifties newspaper; there is everything from a scrapyard to a barber’s shop, showing bike champion Jamie Whitham getting a ‘short back and sides’); the offi cial programme is styled to depict an old-fashioned journal; in fact everything is to a pre-66 theme, even the infield harvesting.
Infield offers a close-up view
Soak up the authentic period atmosphere on the infield and get a close-up view of the greatest historic competition cars and motorcycles in the paddocks. See everything from sets of Maserati 250Fs to swathes of Jaguar D-types, Alfa Romeo Tipo Bs and BRM P261s. The Revival infield is also a great place to hunt for autographs and hopefully meet your motoring hero. René Arnoux was on hand to sign autographs in 2004, as were racer-turned-TV presenter Tiff Needell, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell. Other stars to have enjoyed the Revival include entertainer Rolf Harris, actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson, musician Chris Rea, ITV F1 pundit Tony Jardine and England Rugby star Tim Rodber.
The period garage is the base for a fleet of around 200 classic vehicles used to support the event, including Jeep shuttle vehicles, plus period passenger cars and a fleet of scooters for staff transport – no modern vehicles are allowed on site throughout the weekend.
Fashions of the Fifties and Sixties
In order to enter into the Revival spirit, many visitors choose to dress in period costume – it all adds to the atmosphere. There’s a vast choice of Fifties and Sixties fashions to choose from.
Local actors playing character roles such as ‘spivs’ mingle with the crowds and add to the period setting. You can also see everything from Mods and Rockers, skiffl e groups or a barber shop quartet, to ‘Marilyn Monroe’, the Haurel and Lardy tribute act or even the Dad’s Army Home Guard.
A great day out for all the family
Families – and especially those with younger visitors – can enjoy an educational step-back-in-time experience as well as a fun day out. It’s all the fun of the 1950s fair at the Revival, with carousel, dodgems, merrygo-round, candyfl oss, and Wall of Fear motorcycle display. The Revival EXPO retail area offers around 200 shops and stores, many providing classical pre-1966 wares, as well as the superb Bonhams Auction. And the Incredible Create-A-Car competition makes one child’s dream come true at the Revival, when the car he designed at the Festival of Speed is built before his eyes, and he is driven around the circuit in the fi nished machine by none other than Sir Stirling Moss!.
Breathtaking Flying Displays
The Revival is as famous for its breathtaking flying displays as for the action on the track. Throughout the weekend Spitfi res, Mustangs and other WW2 aircraft perform elaborate aerial ballets in the skies. Meanwhile, on the ground, actors recreate the atmosphere of this former Battle of Britain airfield.