IT’S DIFFICULT TO imagine a more perfect day out for friends and family than the final day of the Goodwood Revival. There are classic cars and historic aircraft; fashion shows and vintage shops; funfairs and dancing: it’s the embodiment of ‘fun for all ages’.
Every September, the Revival recreates the golden era of the Goodwood Motor Circuit – from 1948 to 1966. It is the only major sporting event in the world to take place completely in period theme: dressing up is paramount.
The main draw is the incredible array of legendary cars and motorcycles, from the most famous racing classics to the iconic pedal cars raced by children in the Settrington Cup.
The final day, Sunday, is the best day to witness thrilling head-to-head racing with a full day of track action, finishing with the prize giving – crowning the winners of all the weekend’s racing.
Just as car lovers will enjoy the action on the track, children are sure to fall in love with the fun, theatre and frivolity of the event. There are vintage fairground rides, a roller disco, a cinema, aerial displays, fashion shows and glamour galore.
The final day, Sunday, is the best day to witness thrilling head-to-head racing with a full day of track action, finishing with the prize giving
A GOLDEN HISTORY
From 1948 to 1966, the Goodwood Motor Circuit was the spiritual home of British motor racing, staging classic races such as the Tourist Trophy for sports cars and the Glover Trophy for Grand Prix cars. All the top drivers of the day raced here, from Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss to Jim Clark and Graham Hill.
The circuit was established by Freddie March, himself a Brooklands winner, and was revived by his grandson, on 18 September 1998. The Earl of March drove around the circuit in the same Bristol 400 in which his grandfather, the 9th Duke of Richmond, had opened the track in 50 years before.
This year, the Revival celebrates its 20th anniversary – and is sure to be one that you and your family won’t want to miss.
Wheel-to-wheel racing action is at the heart of the Goodwood Revival. Hundreds of rare and priceless cars, driven by champions past and present, compete for the most coveted trophies in historic motorsport, including the St Mary’s Trophy and the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration.
The Revival always attracts the finest in historic motor racing talent, each year a reunion of famous names and legends from the motorsport world at the hallowed track.
Freddie March has a fascinating history mostly revolving around the worlds of motor racing and aviation. The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation seeks to celebrate his connection with flight, while also giving a nod towards Goodwood Motor Circuit’s period as RAF Westhampnett during the second world war. This year, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation will be celebrating 100 years of the RAF with many iconic planes from the Force.
The event is defined by its period dress code (tweeds and trilbies for men, furs and frocks for the ladies), and by its refusal to allow modern cars within the circuit on race days.
Revival Fashion presented by Mastercard will be situated in the heart of the High Street this year and is an exciting new area totally dedicated to vintage style. Fashion shows will run each day and here is where you’ll find the Best Dressed competition. Each day, a panel of fashion experts pick out guests with the finest outfits, with a shortlist invited to take part in the daily Best Dressed competition presented by Mastercard.
Working alongside several major modern brands, the Revival also creates a homage to the classic High Street. Here, the goal is the celebration of heritage and retro design, now also home to the Revival Fashion Shows, too.
You can buy gifts and memorabilia, but over and above a shopping experience, it is a trip down memory lane.
EARLS COURT MOTOR SHOW
Everything at the Revival is from the 1940s-1960s era. Everything, that is, apart from the Earls Court Motor Show, where the finest brands such as Ford, BMW and Aston Martin juxtapose classic models with the latest in their production line. The cars are presented in increasingly imaginative ways each year.
There are a multitude of hospitality options for the Revival: quote promotional code ‘SquareMile’ when booking any hospitality area at the Revival and you’ll receive a complimentary glass of champagne per person on arrival at the event. Just call the friendly hospitality team on 01243 755 054.