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Goodwood Revival 2013

August 16, 2013

Goodwood-Revival-Aston-MartinIf you’re the kind of fan who believes the 1940s, 50s and 60s were the golden days of motorsport, when racing legends like Stirling Moss ruled the tracks, then Goodwood Revival is certainly the event for you. Leave the modern world behind and take a retrospective wander, with a racing circuit untouched since the late sixties, a host of classic cars from the period and a great deal more. This year sees the 26th Goodwood Revival taking place between the 13th and 15th of September 2013 and looks set to be the historic motor racing event’s biggest and best year yet.

Goodwood Revival is held each year at the Goodwood Circuit near Chichester, West Sussex. The 2.4 mile circuit was initially constructed as the perimeter track of RAF Westhampnett airfield, during World War II, on land requisitioned from the Duke of Richmond and Gordon. After the war, the Duke was convinced to repurpose the track for racing and lo, the Goodwood Circuit was born.

The first competitive motor racing event ever held at Goodwood took place on the 18th of September 1948, where a 19 year old Stirling Moss won the 500cc event in one of the earliest recorded races of his career. The Goodwood Circuit continued to be an important motorsport venue, hosting many famous drivers and events. Then, after 1966, the circuit fell out of competitive use, following the owner’s decision not to modernise the track in the name of accommodating newer, faster cars.

The Goodwood Circuit then stood more-or-less dormant for over thirty years, before the Earl of March, grandson of the old Duke, began campaigning to bring motor racing back to Goodwood in a way which would pay homage to the racing cars and drivers of old. And so, on the 18th of September 1998 − exactly fifty years after the circuit’s first ever motor racing event − the inaugural Goodwood Revival took place.

Stirling MossNowadays, there are three main types of race; the VIP race featuring celebrity drivers, including the likes of Formula 1 World Champions, Indianapolis and Le Mans victors and Isle of Man and MotoGP winners. Next come the sports car races, showcasing some of the fastest and most celebrated racing vehicles of yesteryear. These are often known to be the most exciting and competitive races of the event, and definite highlights of the weekend. Finally, there are the single-seater races, involving some of the most diverse, spirited machines of the whole event battling it out on the track.

This year’s annual driver tribute will pay respect to racing legend Jim Clark, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first World Championship. In a break from pure motorsport, the 2013 Goodwood Revival will also mark the 110th anniversary of the first Tour de France, with daily displays of cyclists riding period racing bikes. This retromania extends beyond the races, however, with many attendees choosing to dress in period clothing, providing a real sense of vintage nostalgia. Beginning last year, the Best Dressed Man and Lady Awards celebrate the most stylish Goodwood attendees. The winners are selected by an elite team of fashion experts, with the 2012 winners receiving flowers, the new Goodwood Style Guide, Veuve Clicquot champagne and Singleton of Dufftown malt whisky.

At the Goodwood Circuit this September, you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of motor racing history, along with a great sense of theatre − something often lacking from modern motorsport. Whether you’re a seasoned classic car enthusiast, or a more casual motorsport fan looking for a truly unique experience, Goodwood Revival is a motoring event like no other, proving that motor racing’s golden days aren’t over just yet.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.