Goodwood Revival 2015
Location: Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex,
To attend the spectacular Goodwood Revival is to travel back through time to a more unrushed epoch - when the only things in a hurry were the motor cars.
The 17-year-old, action-packed event has been described as among the planet’s favourite motor racing gatherings.
It’s the one UK meeting that reprises motor sport’s golden era, with classic vehicles on display from the 1950s and 1960s. Attendees are suitably invited to dress in period costume.
Our top picks
- Bruce McLaren tribute: can there be any names more synonymous with motor sport than this one? The legendary New Zealander was only 32 when he died on the test track. But his name today lives on through the iconic F1 team. The Revival sees the parading of speed machines from his entire career.
- Freddie March Memorial Trophy (Friday): billed as the globe’s largest historic car racing event, contestants drive into the twilight. Last year’s tussle saw Lagonda’s Le Mans (4.5-litre) beat off the challenge of a Cunningham C4R (5.4-litre).
- St Mary’s Trophy (Saturday): one for 1960s saloons peopled by recognisable celebrities and drivers.
- Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy: thoroughbred 500c motorbikes from the 1960s, as well as the former world champion, are celebrated here. Sheene himself won the race five times. Expect Triumph’s Daytona 500s and some spectacular Hondas and BMWs.
Best of the rest
- TT Celebration event (Sunday): the event’s showpiece feature includes an array of grand prix champions and more than £150 million-worth of machines.
- Richard “The King” Petty’s Plymouth Superbird (1970): watch 600bhp of pure auto-candy courtesy of the 77-year-old former NASCAR legend.
- Freddie March Spirit of Aviation: this Battle of Britain tribute marks the conflict’s 75th anniversary. The spectacular Second World War British aircraft line-up includes Hawker Hurricanes, Supermarine Spitfires and the planet’s only Bristol Blenheim that can still make it into the air.
- The Lavant Cup: a must for 1950s Ferrari fans - 166M, 375MM and 340MM are likely to be among the competing cars.
- Helicopter flights: a must for whirlybird lovers.
- Best dressed competition: guests getting into the spirit of the weekend in 1940s-1960s garb can go home with a prize.
The Goodwood Revival pays homage to the 1948-66 era when Goodwood vied with Silverstone for the accolade of Britain’s premier racing venue.
Events it staged included the Tourist Trophy for sports cars, Formula One and the Goodwood Nine-Hour competition.
Many celebrated names have driven at the Revival, from Martin Brundle to Sir Jack Brabham, Barry Sheene to Damon Hill, from Sir Stirling Moss to Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson).
How do I get a ticket?
Standard tickets range from £158 for adults for the entire three days and £79 for 13-21-years (children go free).
Friday costs £50 for adults and £25 for juniors, while either weekend days cost £70 for adults and £35 for juniors.