These are cars from an era when Le Mans was more akin to a rally stage than the wide, sprawling, glass-smooth circuit we know and love today. As the thundering 1920s machines stampede around Goodwood, they bring a slice of pre-war central France to West Sussex.
The Rudge-Whitworth Cup is brand new for the 2023 Goodwood Revival is the Rudge-Whitworth Cup, which makes up part of our celebration for the centenary of the Le Mans 24 Hours this year. The two-driver race is open to cars that competed in the earliest days of the endurance race, with a significant portion of the grid occupied by Bentleys. Other names on entry list include Talbot, Bugatti, Vauxhall, Chrysler, Lea Francis, Sunbeam and Invicta.
The race takes its name from the original Rudge-Whitworth Cup that was awarded to the highest-placed marques in the first three Le Mans 24 Hour races. Rudge-Whitworth was a British manufacturer of bicycles that diversified into making wheels for sportscars and motorcycles. The Le Mans connection came about because Emile Coquille, one of the three founders of the 24-hour race, was the French importer of Rudge-Whitworth.
The 2023 Goodwood Revival is underway! You can watch all of the action right here on GRR on our live stream.