Goodwood Motor Sport Festivals – Revival, Festival of Speed, Members Event
Motorsport fans will want to make a beeline for Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester. The 9th Duke of Richmond, Freddie March, officially opened the circuit in September 1948 during Britain’s first professionally organised post-war motor-racing event. March raced around the track in a Bristol 400 luxury car, watched on by 15,000 cheering spectators.
Today the 2.4-mile circuit, which completely encircles Chichester/Goodwood Airport, is host to a number of world-famous events such as Goodwood Revival and the Members’ Meeting.
A three-day festival held each September, Goodwood Revival is the world’s most celebrated historic motor racing event for the cars and motorcycles that would have competed when the track first opened. The inaugural Revival, in September 1998, saw the Earl of March drive around the circuit in his grandfather’s Bristol 400, which had opened the track 50 years earlier. Festivalgoers dress up in period costume and other vintage outfits, and historic aircraft fly overhead, helping to complete the vintage feel.
The four-day Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb, held in late June or early July, featuring some of the world’s rarest and most glamorous cars including Formula 1, supercars, bikes and heritage cars. The event doesn’t actually take place on the circuit, but in the nearby grounds of Goodwood House, and sees some of the world’s greatest drivers and riders, such as Formula 1 and Moto GP stars, take on the challenging 1.16-mile hillclimb.
Numerous other racing events are held at Goodwood. Opening the historic motorsport season, Members’ Meeting aims to recapture the atmosphere of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held at Goodwood in the 1950s and 1960s. The weekend features a full programme of racing for all makes and models of cars from classic tin-tops and GTs, to motorcycles and open wheeled Formula 3 and F1 machines. A limited number of tickets are available for Members’ Meeting, making it a more intimate and exclusive event.
The motorsport festivals aren’t the only draw of Goodwood. Visitors to Goodwood Estate, where the circuit is situated, can also participate in high-octane track days and other exciting driving experiences. There are also flying experiences in iconic aircraft, shooting days, cricket games, and two 18-hole championship golf courses to enjoy.