“The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.” If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you probably haven’t got petrol pumping through your veins. Yes, it’s time for the Goodwood Revival, which takes place over the weekend of the 9th to 11th September 2016.
150,000 people in period clothing
Held every September since 1998, the Goodwood Revival is said to be the world’s largest historic motor racing and vintage culture event, with 150,000 people attending in period clothing each year. The question is: what can you expect to see in 2016?
New for 2016, the Kinrara Trophy is a 60-minute, two-driver race, taking place as the sun goes down on the Friday evening. The grid will be filled with GT cars of a type built before 1963, with Goodwood claiming it’s “the most glamorous addition to the Revival’s entry list since the event began in 1998”. Expect the field to include Ferrari 250 GT SWBs and GTOs, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Jaguar E-Types.
Sir Jack Brabham
Also celebrated at the 2016 Goodwood Revival will be the life and career of Sir Jack Brabham. The event coincides with the anniversary of his final world championship win. Brabham was a former Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic who went on to become F1 world champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.
1966 and all that
The Goodwood Revival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win, with ‘Life in 66’ featuring a parade of vehicles from the 1960s.
70 years of the bikini
Meanwhile, 70 years of the bikini will be brought to life “in ways only Goodwood can”. We’re an itsy bitsy teenie weenie bit intrigued by this one.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
Two stars of the Isle of Man TT will be making their debut at the Goodwood Revival, with John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop doing battle in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. The 1950s style races will be in the spirit of the ‘Goodwood Saturday’ meeting in 1951 – the only time motorcycles raced at Goodwood in period.
Riders and drivers
As usual, you can expect a rich and varied lineup of riders, drivers and celebrities, including F1 stars, sports car legends, touring car heroes and TV stars. Which means everybody from Tiff Needell (pictured) to David Coulthard, and Theo Paphitis to Steve Soper.
St. Mary’s Trophy
The event organisers are expecting the St. Mary’s Trophy to be the most closely fought race in Goodwood history, with a battle of 30 identical Austin A35s. There will be two races: one for VIPs, the other for owner-drivers. All cars will have the same engine, gearbox, brakes, fuel tank, dampers, front and rear springs, interior and body panels. So it all comes down to driver talent.
100 years of BMW
The Goodwood Revival will celebrate BMW’s centenary with a grid of BMW-engined cars competing in the Lavant Cup. Speaking about the race, Lord March said: “… the Lavant Cup will feature a stunning lineup of BMW-engined sports cars of the 1930s-50s”.
A special selection of classic Aston Martins are set to do battle on the famous West Sussex track, with the highlights including a 1959 DBR1, a 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and a pair of DB3s from 1953 and 1955. The present day is represented by the new Aston Martin DB11.
The Settrington Cup, in which youngsters do battle in Austin J40s, is likely to be another event highlight. Look out for the pedal-powered racers on Saturday and Sunday.
Freddie March Spirit of Aviation
Now in its tenth year at the Revival, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation celebrates Goodwood’s links with aviation. The concours d’elegance for aircraft built up to 1966 will feature everything from a 1947 de Havilland Chipmunk and a Ryan SCW-145 – the only one of its type still flying outside of the USA.
Britain Can Make It
If you’re in need of some retail therapy, the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition will include 5,000 items on display across 32 main sections. You’ll find everything from leather briefcases to an atomic cooker. An eclectic mix at the end of the High Street.
But if that’s not enough, the 2016 Goodwood Revival will take a nostalgic look at the 1966 F1 season which saw the introduction of a new 3-litre formula. ‘Return to Power’ will see a grid of ground-breaking F1 cars taking part in high speed demo runs throughout the weekend. Also look out for the Richmond Trophy, Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, Glover Trophy, Sussex Trophy, Madgwick Cup and Whitsun Trophy.
Goodwood Revival by bus
New for 2016, Goodwood has partnered with Fanzone to provide a bespoke transport service to and from the Revival. A website has been created to source and book buses, taxis and car-sharing opportunities from selected venues in the south of England. Should avoid lengthy queues on the A27 and the inevitable search for a parking space.
That said, if you haven’t secured your entry tickets yet, you might be out of luck. General admission tickets are no longer on sale, with only hospitality packages available at the time of writing. These cost upwards of £295. Grandstand passes are also close to sell out.
But don’t worry, because the Goodwood Revival will be streamed via its website, with regular updates on social media. It’s the next best thing to being there, but if you want to feel closer to the action, you could always hunt down some period clothing from your local charity shop. Sorted.
Best Dressed Competition
Unfortunately, if you’re sat at your kitchen table, iPad in hand, you won’t be eligible for Best Dressed Competition, which is held on each day of the Revival. Judges award prizes for the most glamorous and authentic outfits. Time to break out your miniskirt and eyeliner?
Goodwood Review review
We’ll be there to bring you the latest news from the 2016 Goodwood Revival, so stay tuned for our review gallery. We’ll bring you everything from the historic car races to fish finger and Walls ices! Yes, really.
Black and white photograph
We’ll leave the last word to Rowan Atkinson, who, when describing the Goodwood Revival, said: “It’s like a period painting or black-and-white photograph brought wonderfully to life.” Quite.