Heading to the 2017 Goodwood Revival? Here's everything you need to know about getting there, where to stay, what to wear and a guide to what you can enjoy.
Now in its 19th year, the Goodwood Revival has surpassed even the most ambitious projections becoming the premier historic motor sport event in the world. For one magnificent weekend each September, thousands of visitors dressed in period outfits, and congregate at Lord March’s Goodwood Estate to be part of this nostalgic motoring event.
The Goodwood Revival races
If you want to be the first to see the vast offering of spectacular cars and bikes competing for grid positions, Friday is your day. Other than the many exciting static displays and vintage high street nostalgia, there is also the first race of the event to look forward to, the Kinrara Trophy. Watch a spectacle of GT cars thunder around the circuit into the early evening and then head across to Over The Road which will once again be open to anyone with a Revival ticket, and will keep the party going until 22:30.
Saturday is packed with seven races throughout the day including the motorcyclists’ favourite, the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. Fans of wheel-to-wheel racing will no doubt have their eyes glued to the circuit when the St Mary’s Trophy event takes place. The combination of 30 mechanically identical Austin A35s at the hands of some very talented drivers is always a recipe for great racing action.
While racing fans will be very well catered for, Ladies’ Day also takes place on Saturday and some amazing frocks will be on display too. Bonhams will be holding their annual historic car and motor racing memorabilia sale in the afternoon, invitation for this event is by catalogue only.
Over The Road will be continuing with the festivities and you can enjoy the fairground rides, live performances and drinks at the Doom Bar.
Leaving some of the best action ‘til last, another seven races will be taking place. The winners of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy and St Mary's Trophy will be crowned and the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration will be taking place. Arguably the highlight of the weekend’s racing calendar, the TT Celebration, comprises of some of the world’s most valuable racing machines. Seeing these GT cars that used to compete in the famous Tourist Trophy races pull out all the stops as they race for the coveted title is truly unforgettable.
The track will also host with motorcycles, Formula 1 cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s and a whole host of exotic historic machinery throughout the day. Watch the skies for the Spitfires and Hurricanes as they blast by as they did when on their way to fight the Battle of Britain.
The day concludes with the prize giving ceremony where Lord March hands out the hard won prizes and medals for each category. These are the moments that become cherished memories for any motoring enthusiast. Those who still have a little left in the tank after such a packed weekend can wind down Over The Road until 22:00.
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Goodwood Revival 2017 tickets and dates
Taking place from Friday 8 September to Sunday 10 September, there is a multitude of packages and hospitality options at the Revival. General admission tickets and hospitality packages are still available for all three days but supply is limited so don’t delay.
Car parks open at 07:00 each day for early birds with gates open at 07:30 and the circuit racing begins at 08:45. The main site closes at 19:00 however there are a number of venues (such as Over The Road) nearby that stay open till much later.
As a reference, a full weekend ticket – allowing access to the event on all three days – a single adult will pay £173, young person ticket (ages 13-21) costs £82 with children under 12 going free. Demand has been so strong that these tickets are now sold out so your remaining options are grandstand tickets starting from £35 or the exclusive Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) member only March enclosure package. This includes access to the members only grandstand, dining room and bar as well as parking and event admission. Prices are £470 for adults with young person tickets costing £329 and children between 6 and 12 are £221.SEE RELATED: Best classic car shows in 2017
If you’re only planning a single day at the event, Friday is the cheapest option, costing £53 for an adult or £26.50 for a young person. As the most popular days, Saturday and Sunday tickets are available for the slightly increased price of £76 and £38 for a young person ticket. General admission tickets are however already sold out for Saturday.
If you’re planning on seeing all of the track action, then you might like to try one of Goodwood’s Grandstand packages. Prices range from £62 for general grandstand tickets (excluding entry fee) to £150 for roving grandstand tickets. GRRC members have the pick of the seating options.
Those looking to become a GRRC member have to wait until renewals begin on the 24th October and join a waiting list which is of little use for this year’s event. The good news is that in the meantime anyone can immediately purchase a GRRC fellowship for £39 and take advantage of selected exclusive offerings including reduced ticket prices.
Picnics are permitted at the event however no glass or alcohol is allowed. It is not a requirement to dress in period but visitors are encouraged to embrace the spirit of the event. There is however a dress code for central paddock access. No pets other than guide dogs are permitted at the venue.
Goodwood Revival 2017 hotels and camping: Where to stay?
Booking a hotel close to the venue is often an expensive business during the Revival Weekend, so if you’re thinking of staying over, you should definitely book early. Camping is an increasingly popular option, and there are plenty of possibilities for those planning to pitch up a tent. Pre-pitched weekend camping is still available at £450 for up to four people. Airbeds are supplied and additional people are £44 each. The more luxurious ‘Glamping’ pre-pitched tents have already sold out.
Goodwood Revival directions and postcode
What better way to arrive at the Revival than in your cherished classic? The great thing about turning up in anything registered before 1977 is that you can enter the Revival car show, which features an absolutely huge selection of classics every year – and is big enough to be classed as a worthy show all of its own. It’s also free! Owners of pre-1967 cars are also eligible for Hawthorn parking, which allows parking within the circuit grounds. This can be bought for £50 on Friday and £60 throughout the weekend. Those arriving in something a bit more modern still get free parking in the main car park. Parking areas open at 7:00am on all three days.
Goodwood Revival postcode: PO18 0PX
The circuit is located near the town of Chichester, West Sussex. The above postcode can be used to get you heading in the right direction, but be aware that the roads will be more congested than usual. Look out for special signposted routes that direct you away from the main route and may save you some driving time.
Those wishing to use public transport can take a bus from the Chichester train station directly to the event.
Other events and highlights
In an unprecedented move, TVR will be unveiling its brand new model to the public at the Goodwood Revival. Coinciding with the marques 70th anniversary a variety of classic TVRs will also be on display. Early specs suggest a 0-60mph time in under 4-seconds from a Cosworth developed V8, top speed will be around 200mph.
What to wear at the Goodwood Revival
The Revival isn’t solely a motor sport meeting; it’s the world’s biggest vintage party, too. Dressing up in period fashions from the 1940s-to-1960s heyday of the circuit is part of the magic of the event, and ‘partygoers’ traditionally enter into the nostalgic spirit of the occasion with gusto. Although there is no official dress code for the Revival, almost everyone enters into the spirit of things.
Whatever your budget, an authentic look is easily achievable. From Rocker-esque jeans and leather jacket to more conservative gentlemen’s tweeds and trilby, classic mechanic’s overalls to a full-on vintage military uniform in honour of the Goodwood estate’s wartime heritage, all you need is a bit of creativity and inspiration.
For style-conscious ladies, the options are even broader. Twentieth-century vintage fashions are more popular than ever, on both the collector circuit and the high street, and styles from the elegant WW2 and post-war era never fail to flatter and beguile. Land girl uniforms, Hollywood starlet glamour, sleek Parisian couture, bobby-soxer fun, Jackie ‘O’ chic… the possibilities are limitless. Just remember that there’s so much to see at Goodwood you’ll be on your feet for most of the day – so make sure your shoes don’t pinch!
Numerous vintage specialists will be selling their wares in the Revival Market and High Street, and on-site period beauticians, hairstylists and barbers can give your ensemble that final polish. If you get your look just right, you may well be ‘spotted’ by Goodwood’s roving team of fashion experts, who will be on the lookout for the most stylish vintage ladies and dapper gents at the 2017 Revival. They’ll be judging the official Best Dressed Man and Lady Awards throughout the event, with each day culminating in a catwalk show and prize-giving ceremony.