Every year, the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex transforms and takes visitors back in time to the days of vintage cars, fashion, and motorsport. Goodwood Revival is a celebration of times gone by and the 2023 event, the 25th year of Revival is underway right now.
A Journey Back in Time
The Goodwood Revival is a unique event that takes place every September at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, an iconic racing track that saw its glory days during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. What makes Revival so special though is that it is a fully immersive experience where it is exactly like you have travelled through time back into the past.
Racing At Goodwood Revival
Obviously, racing plays a huge part in Goodwood Revival. As 2023 is a celebration of 75 years since the circuit opened, the racing pedigree is even bigger than normal this year. Amazing cars and world-class drivers will be entertaining the visitors on the track. These include 2009 Formula 1 World Champion, Jensen Button who will be racing a Jaguar C-Type in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy with his co-driver Alex Buncombe. Another former F1 star will be making their Revival debut in the form of Mark Webber who will be racing a Porsche 911 in the Fordwater Trophy.
Other big names who will be seen at Goodwood Revival are Pedro de la Rosa, Karun Chandhok, Max Chilton, Johnny Herbert, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, and several more.
The track opening parade has, in recent years featured the Fiat 500, Classic Minis, and the Austin 7. However, this year, up to 200 motorcycles were the highlight of the parade as the three-day festival got underway today.
Spirit Of Aviation
The Goodwood Revival isn’t just about cars; it’s also a celebration of aviation history. The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation includes a display of pre-1966 aircraft in the ‘concours d’elegance’ where visitors can get up close and personal with these stunning planes. On Sunday, a judge will award the ‘best in show’ to the most eye-catching aircraft.
Fashion And Style
One of the most recognisable aspects of Goodwood Revival is the fashion as attendees dress in the style of the era. Visitors arrive in their finest vintage attire, from 1940s military uniforms to elegant 1950s dresses. The fashion alone is a spectacle worth witnessing, and it adds to the immersive experience of stepping back in time.
Entertainment and Atmosphere
Aside from the racing and aviation displays, the Goodwood Revival offers a wide range of entertainment options. From live music performances to vintage fairground rides, there’s always something for all the family. The paddocks are open to the public, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the cars and talk to the owners and drivers.
Goodwood Revival is an amazing event that transports visitors to the past, capturing the essence of an era marked by style, glamour, and adrenaline-fuelled motorsport. It’s a celebration of nostalgia, craftsmanship, and the endless appeal of classic cars and aircraft.