We are delighted to be one of the sponsors of this year’s Goodwood Revival, a commitment to one of the finest tributes to classic cars in the world – at a venue steeped in motorsport history. Goodwood thrives on heritage, attention to detail and performance: qualities which are meaningful to us, and for those who use our services.
The three day event – from 9-11 September – is much more than a petrol-fuelled celebration of four (and two) wheels. With many people who attend the event dressing in period clothes, it recreates the ambience of the golden era of motorsport from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
Here are 13 facts you didn’t know about the Goodwood Revival.
- The 2016 Goodwood Revival will honour the late Sir Jack Brabham, 50 years after he became the only driver in F1 history to claim the World Championship in a car bearing his own name
- This year pre-1963 GT racers will battle into the dusk in a brand new race for 2016
- The Goodwood Motor Circuit originally opened its gates to the public in September 1948 to host Britain’s very first post-war motor race meeting at a permanent venue
- The first Goodwood meet saw 85 drivers compete with over 15,000 spectators watching
- The original circuit derives from an ex-military airfield
- The track was officially opened by the 9th Duke of Richmond in a Bristol 400 - what was then Britain’s state-of-the-art sporting saloon
- On 18th September 1998, exactly 50 years since the Goodwood circuit first opened, the 9th Duke’s grandson re-enacted the opening of the track, hosting the first Goodwood Revival meeting
- Post-1966 vehicles are not permitted to enter Goodwood Revival
- This year Goodwood Revival will pay tribute to Bruce McLaren
- Nearly all visitors and staff dress up for Goodwood Revival, with the most popular eras being the 50s and 60s
- Actor Rowan Atkinson crashed his 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint in the Shelby Cup at Goodwood Revival last year
- Goodwood isn’t just about racing - it also has a 94-room hotel, 3000 acre organic farm (the largest of its type in the UK), golf courses, a private members’ club, a health club and its own aerodrome
- Aviation plays a massive part of Goodwood Revival, celebrating this each year with the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation