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The popularity of the sell-out Festival of Speed, Revival and Members' Meeting events have cemented Goodwood's reputation as one of the key motorsport venues in the modern era.
The smell of engines mingles with the roar of iconic race cars at Goodwood Revival, a three-day September festival celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing with the accompanying glamour of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.
It’s an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing, around the only classic racetrack in the world in its original form. The inaugural Revival opened on 18 September 1998, when the Earl of Marchdrove around the restored Race Circuit in the same Bristol 400 with which his grandfather, the 9th Duke of Richmond, opened the track 50 years before. It’s now the world’s most celebrated historic motor race event, with revellers soaking up the jubilant atmosphere in period costume.
The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood through the 1950s and 1960s.
Uniquely, as well as a full programme of racing, the Members’ Meeting offers visitors the chance to see demonstrations of racing cars never seen here in period. It is an intimate occasion with none of the crowding you might associate with the quality of cars on track and in the paddocks.
An impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport royalty come together over four superb days for the Festival of Speed. The largest event of its kind, the event gathers together the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars.
Taking inspiration from the summer 1936, when Freddie March hosted a private hill climb for the Lancia Car Club, in 1993 the present Earl of March revived the event. The Moving Motor Show kicks off the automotive extravaganza, but the 1.16 mile climb remains the main attraction. It challenges the world’s greatest race and rally drivers –where else would you see Formula One cars follow the Wacky Racers, Le Mans winners, or 1960s grand-prix Hondas screaming up a hill?
The Moving Motor Show presented by the AA sees the latest road cars take centre-stage, with some guests able to get behind the wheel and take on the Hillclimb on the Thursday of the Festival of Speed. In contrast to conventional car shows, the vehicles are not just parked on a piece of carpet.
Thursday is the main day for the Moving Motor Show, as the Hillclimb is dedicated to customer drives. However, the stand is open all weekend with static displays of the best cars.