The Goodwood Revival and the Festival of Speed have cemented Goodwood's reputation as one of the most important locations in the world for motor racing, but it also has a rich heritage underpinning these more modern events.
Goodwood Motor Circuit in period
The Motor Circuit opened its gates to the public on 18th September 1948 to host Britain's first post-war motor race meeting at a permanent venue. The event received a rapturous response as the public had been deprived of motor racing as a consequence of the War.
The huge demand for wheel-to-wheel competition saw thousands of spectators arrive at Goodwood to support the UK's first professionally-organised motor racing for many years.
Twelve years earlier, Goodwood's very first motorsport event was staged when a hill climb meeting was hosted by the 9th Duke of Richmond, Freddie March.
After 18 years of memorable competition, Goodwood closed its gates to contemporary motor racing. It was the end of a chapter, but certainly not the end of the story.
Festival of Speed
The ultimate motoring garden party, the Festival of Speed is a celebration of the power and design of the finest cars in the world, both past and present. It has been running since 1993 and its unique reputation continues to build both domestically and internationally.
All the glamour of the 1940s - 60s combined with on-track action involving the finest cars that raced during that period. The Goodwood Revival first appeared in 1998 and has gone from strength to strength, becoming hugely popular with pure motor racing enthusiasts as much as those who simply enjoy the design and style elements.