Race ,Historic
Updated: NOV 29th 2023

Gary Axon

Remembering Goodwood Motor Circuit’s wilderness years | Axon’s Automotive Anorak

This year Goodwood has marked its 75th anniversary in unforgettable style, with electrifying and emotional celebrations at the 80th Members’ Meeting presented by Audrain Motorsport, Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and the Revival. It didn’t take long following the original opening of the celebrated Motor Circuit on 18th September 1948 for Goodwood to find fame in top-level international motor racing. It was a reputation that continued to grow throughout its 18-year stint as an international motorsport venue. On 2nd July 1966, however, Goodwood held its final pre-‘modern era’ race – the 71st Members’ Meeting – before the Circuit was closed (first time around) for various reasons, though primarily due to the introduction of the new, more powerful, 3.0-litre Grand Prix cars.


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