Can you believe that the 2019 Goodwood motorsport season is over? Well there's no need to be down, as tickets for the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by mastercard, 78th Members' Meeting and Revival are now on sale!
Six motorsport highlights from another incredible year at Goodwood
That's right, tickets to our 2020 motorsport events are now on sale, and to celebrate that, and to look back on 2019, we've collected six of our favourite moments from this year’s 77th Members’ meeting, Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and Revival.
Remember, tickets to the 78th Members’ Meeting are on sale exclusively to GRRC members and members of the GRRC Fellowship. For more information on tickets visit ticketing.goodwood.com.
Mini overtakes at the 77th Members’ Meeting
What better way to celebrate 60 years of Britain's most iconic motor than to bring about that number of the mighty racers together for an epic three-part battle at Goodwood? Well, that's exactly what we did at the 77th Members' Meeting back in April 2019. Set as a shootout of two heats on Saturday and an epic final on Sunday, the event would eventually pitch Mini legend Nick Swift against Goodwood outright lap record holder Nick Padmore in virtually identical cars. This clip is just a taste of the madness that ensued, and you can watch the whole race by clicking here.
Senna GTR world debut
It's not just racing cars at Goodwood, of course. We have a very long history of debuting some of the world's most precious metal, and that doesn't just stop at the Festival of Speed. Oh no, over the last few years both the Revival and Members' Meetings have gotten in on the act, with McLaren's new Senna becoming a bit of a fixture at our season opener. In 2018 at the 76th event the standard (if one can ever be standard) Senna made its dynamic debut, before the ultimate hardcore track version, the GTR, followed at the 77th. Safe to say it made quite an impression!
39.9 seconds – a new record at the Festival of Speed
Romain Dumas has been coming here for a few years, but it seems that over the last 24 months or so he's decided to make Goodwood his own. First he won the 2018 Timed Shootout in Volkswagen's mighty ID.R Pikes Peak dominator, then he raced hard with Andrew Jordan at Revival later that year. As if that wasn't enough in 2019 he turned up with a new version of the ID.R, ready to have a crack at the Hill record, a standard that had sat for only the small matter of 20 years... Undeterred he didn't just break it, he smashed it, and then took the outright Festival Hill record down below 40 seconds for the first time ever. It was stunning and, as you'll soon see, it turned out Dumas wasn't done with Goodwood just yet. If you want more, you can see the full timed shootout by clicking here.
De Tomaso P72 unveiled to the world
We've seen plenty of incredible debuts over the years at Goodwood, we've even spoken about one already in this very piece. But at the Festival of Speed this year we saw one that dropped a lot of jaws. Decades after disappearing from the face of the earth De Tomaso, once of Mangusta and Pantera fame, was back. It was back with a bang too, in the form of the stunning De Tomaso P72, a car with an amazing exterior and a mind-boggling interior.
2019 Revival – another incredible RAC TT Celebration
As if he wasn't having enough fun at Goodwood in 2019, Romain Dumas turned up at 2019 Revival, too, armed with a brutal Shelby Cobra, owned by team-mate Bill Shephard. Dumas, who has won Le Mans twice, was joined by triple Le Mans-winner, and Porsche team-mate, Andre Lotterer, also in a Cobra, for a brilliant battle for victory. A battle that ended with a whopping eight Le Mans titles on the podium. We often talk of TTs being among the finest ever, and this year's was not an exception. The Revival's big race may see challengers for its title come around from time to time, but nothing comes close for the sheer drama. If you'd like to relive all the drama, watch the full day here.
Mini vs. Lotus in the Fordwater Trophy
A little bit different to E-types, Cobras and co. battling for TT supremacy. But the Fordwater Trophy provided some of the best action of the entire 2019 Revival. This time it was the aforementioned Nick Swift, this time in a Mini Marcos, rather than his normal 'Willow', but racing against a beautiful Lotus Elan, in what could be described as an absolute dogfight. Nick is nothing other than a hard charger, and a fair racer, and is as adept in a modified Mini as he is in a standard car, so this was always going to be fun. And boy did it turn out to be so. Also enjoy the first shot from this video. Roughly thirty seconds long it is a single camera shot with no cuts, showing the cars from entry to St Mary's to braking for Woodcote. It's astonishing! You can watch the whole race here.
Main image by Jayson Fong.
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