The Goodwood Revival
The Goodwood Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the Fifties and Sixties. As well as recreating the golden era of motor sport, the Revival offers exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic circuit, untouched by the modern world.
The Revival relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit, which ranked alongside Silverstone as Britain’s leading racing venue throughout its active years between 1948 and 1966. During this time, it hosted contemporary racing of all kinds, including Formula One, the famous Goodwood Nine Hours race and the celebrated Tourist Trophy sports car race.
Now, for three days each September, the circuit stages a historic race meeting for the kind of cars and motorcycles that would have competed at Goodwood during 1948-1966. The circuit echoes to the spine-tingling bark of golden-age Grand Prix cars from the Fifties and Sixties, thundering sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars and little-seen Formula Juniors. Many of these important historic racing cars are driven by famous faces from motor sport past and present. Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Sir Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, Derek Bell, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Gerhard Berger, Johnny Herbert, Wayne Gardner, Giacomo Agostini and the late, great Barry Sheene have all taken part at the Revival.
But the Revival is far more than a series of races for historic cars: it is a magical step back in time and a chance for visitors to revel in the romance and theatre of motor racing as it used to be. The lovingly restored circuit is unchanged from its heyday, and great lengths are taken to ensure that everything on the site is exactly as it was. This means that most visitors wear appropriate period clothing and no modern vehicles are allowed within the circuit perimeter throughout the weekend. There are also theatrical sets that bring the past back to life and a celebration of the aviation heritage with some stunning aerial manoeuvres throughout the skies above this WWII former aerodrome, as well as a fantastic selection of rarely-seen pre-1966 aircraft on static display in the Freddie March ‘Spirit of Aviation’.
This is the only event that places motor racing into a carefully choreographed historical backdrop. The result is a truly unforgettable experience, and an atmosphere unlike any other sporting event. In combination with the highly-acclaimed Festival of Speed, the Revival ensures that Goodwood offers a medley of motor sport delights unrivalled throughout the world.
Festival of Speed
In just one week the 2008 Festival of Speed (11-13 July) will get underway with around 150,000 excited motor sport enthusiasts coming to see their favourite star cars and drivers in action. The Festival of Speed is firmly established as the world’s greatest celebration of automotive culture with something to offer for every taste.
The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Hawthorn to Hamilton – Britain’s Love Affair with World Motor Sport.’ Britain has always played a key role in the global motor racing industry, forging successful relationships with the rest of the motor sport world. From Mike Hawthorn – who used a Ferrari to become Britain’s first Formula 1 World Champion fifty years ago in 1958 – to current F1 star Lewis Hamilton, driving a British engineered car with German power, British drivers and engineers have utilised global resources to achieve success. The 2008 Festival honours these winning combinations.
There are thousands of reasons to visit the Goodwood Festival of Speed – below are just ten highlights:
Contemporary Formula 1: No less than six of today’s very best F1 teams will be at the Festival of Speed, with acclaimed current F1 drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastian Bourdais in attendance. A number of previous F1 heroes, including Sir Stirling Moss, Sir John Surtees and Damon Hill will also be tackling the challenging 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course.
Forest Rally Stage: Current WRC teams will join more than 40 historic rally cars on the enhanced Goodwood Forest Rally Stage. Expect to see plenty of gravel-spitting sideways action from current WRC heroes such as Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson in the new hatchback Subaru Impreza WRC, as well as Ford Focus WRC drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Matthew Wilson, and rallying past masters, including Juha Kankkunen, Timo Makinen, Bjorn Waldergard, Martin, Hannu Mikkola, Stig Blomqvist and Gwyndaf Evans showing how it used to be done. A special tribute to rallying giant Colin McRae will feature at the event, including a paddock full of the machines that made him famous, such as his Subaru Impreza and Ford Focus WRC, along with lesser-known vehicles that he drove, including the Le Mans Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS and Jordan-Peugeot 196 F1 car.
Motorcycles: A who’s who of riders and bikes will be in attendance at Goodwood, with huge names such as Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, Mick Doohan and Yukio Kagayama set to entertain the Festival crowds. Motorcycle highlights include the ex-Barry Sheene 1975 Suzuki XR14 RG500, ex-Mick Grant 1981 Yamaha OW53 YZR500 and ex-Randy Mamola 1989 Cagiva, as well as modern era bikes such as the Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000, BMW HP2 Sport, HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR and the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000. Twelve-time international trials champion Dougie Lampkin will also be popping up all over the Goodwood Estate throughout the Festival weekend, riding on things that he shouldn’t.
Key Displays: Although still under wraps, this year’s extravaganza of automotive art directly outside Goodwood House will celebrate the diamond jubilee of Britain’s most travelled car marque – Land Rover. At over 35 metres high, this central feature will be one of the Festival’s largest and most ambitious yet, towering above Goodwood House, and visible from many miles away. In fact it is so tall that a red warning light has been fitted to alert any passing low-flying aircraft, including a flypast of the huge Airbus A380 ‘superjumbo’ on Saturday, and the Red Arrows air display team that will be performing at the event on Sunday. The Goodwood Cricket Pitch, the oldest in the world, will house a dozen top-fuel dragsters from the 1950s and 1960s with a twice-daily ‘cacklefest’ as these ultra-powerful machines fire up.
Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’: This prestigious annual homage to the finest in automotive design will this year include many of the extraordinary cars used by James Bond, including his iconic Aston Martin DB5 and Lotus Esprit, positioned on a special 007 film set. Other Cartier displays will range from the Ford Model T, celebrating its centenary, to the priceless supercharged coachbuilt pre-War Mercedes-Benz. Expect to see some ultra-rare supercars from the 1960s to the early 1990s, including the beautiful Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale and Audi AVUS.
The Sunday Times Supercar Run: A multi-million pound collection of the world’s most desirable contemporary exotica will be demonstrated on the Hill. Watch out for debuts of the stunning Bugatti Veyron 16.4 ‘Hermes’ and Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS being put though their paces, plus the first UK sighting of the new Artega GT, Nissan GT-R and Mazda Furio concept in action.
FoS-TECH: A recent Festival feature, this state-of-the-art technology exhibition focuses on the future of motoring and environmental issues in a series of interesting new initiatives and displays. FoS-TECH will showcase a variety of exciting new technologies from motor manufacturers, design specialists, oil companies and other motor industry suppliers, with exhibits of concept cars not seen in the UK before, including the Land Rover LRX, Toyota i-REAL, Morgan Lifecar, and the amazing Parajet Skycar, the world’s first and only flying carbon neutral automobile.
Junior Festival of Speed: Something to keep kids of all ages entertained, with masses of things to do, from discovering the latest Wacky Racers to big fun in the Big Top circus tent. The UK’s number one mountain bike stunt team, MAD, will amaze all, as will Rarekind, Britain’s only graffiti art gallery. And the live music is worth the ticket price alone, including the Ford Focus Orchestra making its Festival debut, playing instruments made from the parts of Ford Focus cars.
A Great Spectator Occasion: What Wimbledon is to tennis, and Henley is to rowing, so Goodwood is to motor sport, having quickly established itself as the place to be every summer to see the very best that motor racing has to offer. No other motoring event can match the unique combination of more than 350 vehicles and over 100 motor racing heroes, blasting up the drive of one of England’s most revered stately homes. Enthusiasts can enjoy watching a celebration of 50 years of BTCC and Lola racing cars in action, plus 40 years of racing F1 McLarens and Ford Escorts. No wonder the Festival of Speed has often been described as ‘the Garden Party of the Gods.’
Festival entry is by advance ticket only, with a limited number of tickets still being available. A handful of grandstand seats for Corner Grandstand are also still available, although selling fast.
To order advance tickets, please contact the Ticket Hotline:
Telephone: 01243 755055
Fax: 01243 755058
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For media enquiries, please contact Gary Axon or Janet Bradley in the Goodwood Motor Sport Press Office:
Telephone: 01243 755109
Fax: 01243 755115
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