The Goodwood Revival weekend takes place over the weekend of 14th-16th September. You may of heard about it, but what exactly is it?
The Goodwood Revival weekend is literally a step back in time. From the second you enter the Goodwood Estate you are greeted by cars, costumes as well as aeroplanes all from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Goodwood Revival gives you the chance to celebrate the era of your choice in a truly authentic way. The whole weekend provides a magical and very accurate display of British heritage through these important eras.
The main event of the weekend is the historic race meeting which is the biggest historic race meet in the world each year, being the only race of its kind. The race meet is the perfect chance to recreate the glitz and glamour of the golden era of motor racing. The current Goodwood circuit was created in 1948, before which a separate hill climb course was used at Goodwood House. Before it was turned into a racing track, the area was an RAF airfield, constructed for use during World War II. The purpose of the revival event is to capture how the course looked during its original opening period of 1948 to 1966. This means that all cars and motorcycles racing have to be from this period of time. The circuit has been restored and is unchanged from this period of time making it even more authentic.
The Goodwood Revival event started in 1998 and by 2008 was attracting over 68,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Whilst the racing is considered the main event, there are many other reasons to attend the weekend. At Goodwood Revival, you leave the modern world at the gates. No modern vehicles are allowed within the perimeter with the exception of emergency vehicles. As well as the racing, there are also historical aircraft’s on display with stunning air shows taking place throughout the weekend. As well as this, there are theatrical sets which really bring the past back to life.
The Revival weekend also includes the ‘Vintage at Goodwood’ event. This combines vintage fashion, music, film, dance and art with the racing event, meaning that even those not interested in the race can get involved.
It is traditional at Goodwood Revival to dress the part and over the next few blogs we will be discussing costumes you can hire and items you can purchase to really look the part.