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In 1998, after a long hiatus since its closure in 1966, the renowned Motor Circuit at Goodwood saw the rebirth of motor racing in the autumn. This resurrection came to be known as the "Goodwood Revival", now considered one of the largest historic motorsport events worldwide. What sets it apart is its unique feature of being entirely staged in period dress, adding an extra touch of nostalgia and authenticity.
The uniqueness of the Godwood Revival is that all participants are attired in period dress for a true dip into the past.
During its golden era from 1948 to 1966, the Goodwood circuit served as the spiritual home of British motor racing. It hosted prestigious races like the Tourist Trophy for sports cars and the Glover Trophy for Grand Prix cars, attracting racing legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, and Graham Hill. The circuit was initially founded by Freddie March, later known as the 9th Duke of Richmond, who himself was a winner at Brooklands. His grandson Charles, Earl of March, breathed new life into Goodwood by bringing back the Revival event in 1998, creating a mesmerizing journey back in time to relive the glory days of motor racing at Goodwood.
The atmosphere in the paddock is unique with professional and gentlemen drivers ready to battle on the track.
Held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, the Revival has secured its place in the international motorsport calendar, drawing enthusiasts and participants from all corners of the globe. One of its defining aspects is the strict adherence to a period dress code, with gentlemen sporting tweeds and trilbies, while the ladies grace the occasion with furs and frocks. To preserve the authenticity, no modern cars are allowed within the circuit on race days, further enhancing the vintage experience. The event also pays tribute to Goodwood's wartime history as a fighter base with awe-inspiring war bird flying displays. Over the years, the Revival has evolved into a grand festival. Attendees not only witness thrilling races but also enjoy various attractions such as car auctions, marching bands, and appearances by celebrity guest drivers. The track mesmerizes spectators with fantastic air displays that capture the essence of a bygone era.
Le Mans-style start for the kids aged between 4 and 11 years old, behind the wheel of their Austin J40 pedal cars in the Settrington Cup.
Beyond the circuit, the festival atmosphere comes alive with jazz lounges resonating with the tunes of the past, captivating vintage stage performances, and entertainment reminiscent of the 1930s. The Goodwood Revival truly offers a captivating journey back in time, where the spirit of vintage motor racing and the charm of the past merge into an unforgettable experience for all who attend.
No-holds-barred battle on the Goodwood Motor Circuit in the different classes.
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