Goodwood revival : a magical step back in time

The English event Goodwood Revival returns from September 7th to 9th.

The story 

Recreating the glamour of motor racing as it used to be, the Motor Circuit comes alive for Revival, both on and off the track. The only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress, the Revival sees a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing. It’s a celebration of bygone days and wheel-to-wheel racing around this classic circuit, which remains unchanged since its heyday.

It was the Earl of March’s grandfather, the ninth Duke of Richmond, known as Freddie March, who brought motor racing to Goodwood. A renowed amateur racer himself, after the Second World War he created a circuit from the road that ran around the perimeter of the airfield. On its opening in September 1948, Freddie March sped around the circuit in a Bristol 400 to the delight of the 15,000 spectators who had come to see Britain’s first professionnaly organised post-war racing event. Over the next 18 years the circuit became one of the most popular in the world.

The Revival began 50 years later, in September 1998, when the Earl of March drove around the circuit in the same Bristol 400 in which his grandfather had opened the track. It’s now the world’s most celebrated historic motor racing event, coming back to life in September, with race fans soaking up the vibrant atmosphere in period costume.


Dress code

The Goodwood Revival is as much about recreating the fashion and culture of the post-war years as it is about historic racing cars. Visitors are encouraged to dress in authentic period clothing for their visit, to transport themselves back in time in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Don’t forget when planning  your outfit that should be prepared for any kind of weather, and please bear in mind  all parki,gs in on grass and can be uneven, so appropriate footwear is advised. Finally, remember, it is not fancy dress, it is period dress.  


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