The 2019 Goodwood Revival is over for another year. The most authentic historic motorsport event, at the Goodwood Motor Circuit outside Chichester and held in splendid late summer weather, provided another feast of great racing.
Although the action on the Goodwood Motor Circuit has finished, you can catch up with the highlights of another fantastic Revival meeting as we present highlights packages of the best action – and much else besides.
There were 14 races spread over the three days, featuring a superb variety of racing cars produced from the Thirties right up to the Goodwood circuit’s closure in 1966.
It is hard to believe that the Goodwood Revival is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, the circuit having reopened for competitive use in September 1998 after its closure in the mid-Sixties.
The Revival was launched as a return to the golden age of motor racing in the Fifties and Sixties, when Goodwood hosted top-level meetings featuring the best drivers of the era. It has since grown exponentially to become one of the biggest historic motorsport events in the world and the only one to be staged entirely in period dress.
The Goodwood team are sticklers for detail, and as well as encouraging period costume all the features within the circuit perimeter are strictly pre-1966. Not always genuine, admittedly, but certainly of an authentic style.
The undoubted highlights are the ultra-competitive St Mary’s Trophy two-part race, in which a pro/am driver pairing share some of the greatest saloon cars of the Sixties, along with the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration.
This one-hour race (with a mandatory driver change) has become a centrepiece since its debut at the very first Revival in 1998. Open to closed-cockpit GT cars in the spirit of the RAC TT races from 1960-64, expect to see more than £100 million-worth of cars from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar, along with a posse of rumbling AC Cobras.
The Revival is also famed for its flying displays by suitably period aircraft - often including more Spitfires that you could imagine are still flying - in recognition of Goodwood’s history as an RAF fighter base during the Second World War.