The Goodwood Revival has now hit top gear, with the vibrant Motor Circuit once again transformed into the usual sell-out event that welcomes thousands of visitors every year.
Saturday’s racing provided all the necessary action for those attending to stay warm on an otherwise blustery, wet and sometimes difficult day all-round.
Action came in order of:
Chichester Cup (20 mins)
There’s been a Chichester Cup race on the Revival programme every year bar one, for good reason: the rear-engined Formula Juniors with drum brakes, of a type that raced between 1958 and 1962 – period stepping-stone-to-stardom single-seaters – provide thrilling combat around the fast sweeps of the Motor Circuit, every single time.
Madgwick Cup (20 mins)
The baby sportscar race, for prototypes under three litres of a type that raced between 1955 and 1960, is no less exciting than its Whitsun Trophy big brother. A packed grid of Brabham, Crossle, Elva and Lotus machines creates real elbows-out needle on track, with the quickest cars trying everything to eke out an advantage in the 20-minute scrap.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins – two riders)
The first of a pair of two-rider races for motorcycles of a type that raced between 1960 and 1966, whose indecent pace belies their age, takes place on Saturday. With a Le Mans-style start, in which riders run across the track to their waiting steeds, and a compulsory pitstop, the pro/am event is as frenetic as it is fabulous. And they go again on Sunday!
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St Mary’s Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins)
Another double-header, with a pro/am driver line-up in saloon cars of a type that raced up to 1959, the St Mary’s Trophy is many visitors’ favourite event. Superstar touring car racers – retired and current – from across the globe go head to head on Saturday, desperate to give a good account of themselves before handing the baton to the cars’ owners for Sunday’s sequel.
Goodwood Trophy (20 mins)
The sweet smell of methanol and Castrol R pervades the paddock as the Grand Prix & Voiturette cars of a type that raced between 1930 and 1951 are warmed up ahead of the Goodwood Trophy, another Revival classic that pits exquisite Alfas, Bugattis, ERAs and Maseratis against each other. Marvel at the quickest cars being drifted beautifully on the throttle.
Whitsun Trophy (25 mins)
The big and brutal unlimited sports-prototypes of a type that raced up to 1966 contest the annual Whitsun Trophy, the fastest race of the Revival weekend. The raucous rumble from an unleashed pack of McLaren M1Bs, Lola T70 Mk3Bs and Spyders, Ford GT40s and Lotus 30s gets their intrepid pilots’ and racegoers’ attention in equal measure.
Whitsun Trophy recap
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Freddie March Memorial Trophy (20 mins)
As the sun or rather rain fell over the South Downs to bring Revival Saturday to a close, we’re treated to one last endurance-racing retrospective: the Freddie March Memorial Trophy for sports cars in the spirit of the Goodwood Nine Hour races 1952-’55. Evoking period memories, stunning Aston Martins, Ferraris, HWMs, Jaguars and Maseratis do battle once more.