The Goodwood Revival is the best-dressed motorsport event in the world, where historic motor racing meets period clothing. This celebration of the golden years of motorsport takes place at the Goodwood Circuit on the weekend of the 8th – 10th September 2017. Here’s what you can expect to see if you’re fortunate enough to have a ticket.
Historic motor racing: Friday
Regardless of what’s happening on the lawns and in the skies around Goodwood Circuit, the historic motor racing remains the star attraction. Friday’s Kinrara Trophy makes for an evocative curtain-raiser as closed-cockpit GT cars compete as the sun disappears behind the South Downs.
Historic motor racing: Saturday
Motorsport at the Revival gets underway in earnest on Saturday, with no fewer than seven races throughout the day. The St Mary’s Trophy is a crowd favourite, with pro/am drivers going head-to-head in saloon cars of a type that raced up to 1959.
Historic motor racing: Sunday
There are another seven races on Sunday, including part two of the St Mary’s Trophy, and the Brooklands Trophy, which rekindles the spirit of the famous Brooklands circuit. As is traditional, the Revival draws to a close with the Sussex Trophy, for sports cars that raced between 1955 and 1960.
There will be a distinct Scottish flavour to this year’s Goodwood Revival with the event paying tribute to legendary race team Ecurie Ecosse. The famous Flag-Blue race cars will take to the track for high speed runs on Friday and Sunday, along with a parade on Saturday.
Goodwood in the skies
The Goodwood Circuit began life as the perimeter track of RAF Westhampnett airfield, so it’s no surprise that vintage aircraft play a big part in the Revival. Among the aircraft on display for the 10th anniversary of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation will be the only fully functional Bristol Blenheim Mk1 L6739, a Lockheed P-38 Lightning and two Spitfires.
Fans of two-wheeled motorsport needn’t feel left out, with the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy taking place on Saturday and Sunday. William Dunlop will make his Revival debut fresh from his appearance at the Isle of Man Classic TT, sharing the ride with his brother Michael (pictured).
Anyone attending the Revival is expected to turn up in period clothing: trackie bottoms and baseball caps are not welcome. This year, the organisers have teamed up with local charity shops to stage a ‘best dressed’ window competition. Judging takes place on September 7th, with £1,000 donated to the winning store.
The Revival is the only historic motor race to be staged entirely in period dress, with this year’s event seeing the debut of a Revival Emporium. A series of fashion shows will celebrate fashion from the Revival period of 1948 to 1966, while visitors will be in with a chance of walking away with a prize in the ‘best dressed’ competition.
For the first time in the event’s history, the Goodwood Revival will host the launch of a new car. TVR’s new 200mph sports car will go on display in the ‘Earls Court’ building, appearing alongside some heritage models celebrating the marque’s 70th anniversary.
The Goodwood Revival plays host to some of the biggest names in motorsport, as well as famous faces who take part in the St Mary’s Trophy. In 2016, the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Theo Paphitis and Sir Chris Hoy rubbed shoulders with David Coulthard, Mark Blundell and Derek Bell.
Bonhams Automobilia auction
The Bonhams sale takes place on Saturday 9th, with some rare and exotic cars going under the hammer. This 1957 Hillman Minx is a Goodwood regular and could be yours for between £20,000 and £25,000.
Sixty years of the Fiat 500
More than 120 examples of the diminutive Nuova Fiat 500 will take to the Goodwood Circuit as the Revival marks the 60th anniversary of the iconic city car. It won’t be the quickest parade of the weekend, but it’s likely to be the cutest.
The car park opens at 07:00 on Friday, with the gates opening at 07:30. A flypast will declare the 2017 Revival underway, with the Fiat 500 parade providing a prelude to the first official race practice at 09:45. Prize giving takes place at 18:30 on Sunday, with all bars closing at 21:00.
Can I still buy tickets?
Sadly, all tickets are sold out, but you can register for tickets to the 2018 Goodwood Revival. Sign-up for email and text alerts on the Goodwood website.
If you haven’t managed to get hold of tickets for the 2017 Revival, you can watch the event via the excellent live stream. Grab some period clothing from your local charity shop for that authentic Goodwood experience.
We’ll be there
Fortunately, we managed to get hold of some tickets, so we’ll be there throughout the weekend; stay tuned for updates from the event, including the unveiling of the new TVR.