Goodwood Estate Co. Ltd
The Revival is the finest Historic event in the world. Words and pictures can’t do it justice. Time travelling is possible!
Upcoming Historic Racing
17th to 18th March - The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood through the 1950s and 1960s.
12th to 15th July - Festival of Speed - whilst not circuit racing like the other events covered on this site, the FoS is a must visit for historic racing fans. An impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport royalty come together over four superb days for the Festival of Speed. The largest event of its kind, the event gathers together the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars.
September 7th to 9th - Revival Meeting. The smell of engines mingles with the roar of iconic race cars at Goodwood Revival, a three-day September festival celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing with the accompanying glamour of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.
The Goodwood circuit has its origins as the perimeter road of RAF Westhampnett which started life as an Emergency Landing Ground for nearby RAF Tangmere. Made operational during the Battle Of Britain it was home to two Spitfire Squadrons. The USAF moved in after the RAF dispersed their squadrons to other airfields and largely flew Spitfires and Typhoons.
The land remained throughout this time in the ownership of the then Duke Of Richmond who bought motor racing to the area on 18th September 1948. The first ever race was won by P. de F.C. Pycroft in a 2,644cc Pycroft-Jaguar. His winning speed was 66.42mph. Equally as significant was the winner of the 500cc race on the same day - Stirling Moss in a Cooper.
Goodwood became famous for its nine-hour endurance races run in 1952, 1953 and 1955, and the Tourist Trophy run between 1958-1964. A highlight each year is the recreation of these endurance races at the Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy and the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy (RAC TT).
1. Start/Finish & Madgwick Corner. Long fast straight with quick entry into Madgwick - a double apex right hander which goes gently uphill.
2. Fordwater can be flat out. A slight right curve with the apex on the brow of a hill.
3. St Mary’s comes after a long curve with very high speeds. The preceding curve tightens considerably into this tight left hander.
4. Lavant Corner and Straight. Another double apex corner - this time a right hander. Lavant Straight is very long and fast with a slight kink in the middle.
5. Woodcote Corner - drivers need to scrub off speed under braking but Woodcote is still a fast right hander. The Chicane after is a tight right left made up of a brick wall - well thankfully a polystyrene wall now, but still just as tight.
In Car Video
Where To Watch
This is entirely subjective but I think that watching from anywhere at Goodwood is good. There is magic in the air.
• During the revival there are regular ‘buses’ which go around the circuit dropping spectators off at grandstands and points of interest. When we say buses we actually mean tractors pulling carriages. Hopping on and off is a good way to see the whole circuit.
• The Start/Finish straight has a mix of spectator banking and grandstands.
• Madgwick has a large outfield bank which is a superb place to watch from.
• St Marys has outfield banking.
• Lavant corner has good viewing at the entry with grandstands at the corner itself during the Revival but the run-off means you are a little way from the action.
• Lavant Straight - Goodwood Road Racing Club members have a superb facility during the Revival on the outfield but the infield gives you a better view - accessible via a tunnel.
• Woodcote Corner - some banking viewing and also Grandstands.
• Chicane - best viewed from the Grandstands.