Catch up on some of the best racing action from the 2016 Goodwood Revival
When it was first staged in 1998, the Goodwood Revival set itself some grand targets. Eighteen years on, this unique event has more than fulfilled its early ambitions and has become the world’s biggest and best historic motor sport meeting, attracting thousands of visitors for one glorious, nostalgic weekend every year.
Goodwood Revival 2016 video highlights
The 2016 Goodwood Revival theme
This year's Revival was a tribute to the late Sir Jack Brabham. Still the only Formula one champion to drive himself to a world title in his own car, Goodwood was a second home for Brabham where he developed and tested numerous championship-winning cars over the years.
The Aussie’s sympathy for mechanical objects not only extended to cars, evidenced by his enlistment in the Royal Australian Air Force. Noticing the mechanical skills he had honed at technical college and the local garage, Brabham was employed as a flight mechanic by the Air Force.
The Revival is the perfect venue to celebrate his long and illustrious motorsport career spanning 15 seasons in Formula 1, where he captured three titles kicking off his first with a win at the Monaco Grand Prix of 1959. After returning to his native land of Australia in 1970, his team continued to flourish without him under the new ownership of Formula 1 Tycoon Bernie Ecclestone winning a further two drivers championships.
The appropriately adjoining theme honouring Jack Brabham will be the ‘1966 Return to Power in Formula 1’. Akin to the upheaval in Formula 1 engine regulations in 2014, new rules saw the introduction of the 3-litre engine doubling the engine capacity of the previous 1965 season.
This sparked innovative blue-sky thinking resulting in developmental diversity perhaps absent in the sport today. Ferrari typically unearthed a hefty V12 with Honda following suit. BRM went further left field bolting two of its 1.5-litre engines together making an H16 engine configuration.
Leading the charge though on engine development were power-unit specialists and long-time F1 suppliers Cosworth. The seed of Lotus’s success, the Cosworth DFV engine ultimately powered Denny Hulme and his Lotus 49 onto championship victory in 1967.
Stars, drivers and riders at the 2016 Revival
This year's all-star driver lineup includes competitors hailing from numerous motorsport disciplines, from ex-F1 heros to TV stars. Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner, will compete in the RAC TT Celebration behind the wheel of a crowd pleasing Ferrari 250 GTO.
With 246 career starts to his name in Formula 1 at Mclaren, Redbull and Williams, now BBC Formula 1 pundit and commentator David Coulthard will be attending the revival. The Scot will be at the helm of an Austin A35 in the St Mary’s Trophy.
Endurance racing royalty Derek Bell will take to the track in a SWB Ferrari 250 GT gunning for first in the Kinara Trophy. The five-time Le Mans winner will be one of the most decorated drivers participating in this year’s revival.
With five championships between them, current BTCC favorites, Matt Neal and Jason Plato will once again go head-to-head joining Coulthard in the St Mary’s trophy, too in a pair of Austin A35s.
Mr TT himself, Michael Dunlop will be flying the two-wheel flag on behalf of motorcycling fans and competitors. Accompanying his unparalleled 13 victories at the perilous Isle Of Man Circuit, he is the first rider to lap the 37.7 miles in under 17 minutes. He will lineup on the grid for the Barry Sheene Memorial trophy.
Famous faces of the little screen will also be trying their hand at some old fashioned racing at Goodwood. Olympic titan Sir Chris Hoy is another attendee set to race in the St Mary’s Trophy, sharing the tarmac with British Comedian Rowan Atkinson.
No stranger to the Chichester estate, straight talking BBC Top Gear presenter Chris Harris will drive one of the many Jaguar E-types featuring in the RAC TT. Jack of all disciplines Tiff Needell will once again lower himself into a Formula 1 car, a Lotus 49 which he will be showcasing in the 1966 Grand prix Demo.
Races and cars to look forward to...
With thousands of classics racing, on display and simply sitting in the car park, the very best have been compiled into a shortlist – awaiting public votes to claim top spot in ‘Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance Best in Show’. Highlights include a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, a 1967 Volvo P1800S and 1973 Fiat 128 SL.
All the racing will come to a head on the Sunday with no less than eight races happening throughout the day. Kicking off the day's wheel-to-wheel action will be the closely fought Chichester cup. The sub-1100cc capacity engined racers served as springboards to many Formula 1 greats such as John Surtees and Jim Clark. Chassis were from Lola, Scorpion and variety of other small firms. These mainly Ford-powered (Fiat in the Italian series) Formula junior cars represented the first rung on the single-seater ladder.
Likely to offer the most competitive spectacle over the weekend is the St Mary’s Trophy race. Exclusive entry to Austin A35s will see 30 cars jostling for position. These mechanically identical featherweights will be going bumper to bumper with 130bhp and 100lb ft ensuring they have plenty of zip to to dive in and out of battle.
Arguably the main event, the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration will see Legends of GT racing four-wheel drifting through Madgwick and thundering round Fordwater. E-Types, AC Cobras and Ferrari 250 LMs are just a few of the cars taking part in this prestigious classical race.
Goodwood Revival 2016 tickets and dates
Taking place from Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September, there is a multitude of various packages and hospitality options at the Revival. General admission tickets have sold out
for all three days, however there are still hospitality packages available.
For reference, a full weekend ticket – allowing access to the event on all three days – a single adult will pay £164, young person ticket (ages 13-21) costs £82 with children under 12 going free.
If you’re only planning a single day at the event, Friday is the cheapest option, costing £51 for an adult or £21 for young person. As the most popular days, Saturday and Sunday tickets are available for the slightly increased price of £73 and £36.50 for young person ticket.
If you’re planning on seeing all of the track action, then you might like to try one of Goodwood’s Grandstand packages. These are considerably more expensive, costing between £95 and £143, but give you access to more areas and grandstand seating. The best seats are reserved for VIP guests and GRRC members.
Where to stay?
Booking a hotel locally is often an expensive business during the Revival Weekend, so if you’re thinking of stopping over, you should definitely book early. Camping is an increasingly popular option, and there are plenty of options for those planning to pitch up a tent. Pre-pitched weekend camping is still available, however the more luxurious ‘Glamping’ pre-pitched tents have already sold out.
How to get there?
What better way to arrive at the Revival than in your cherished classic? The great thing about turning up in anything registered before 1975 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. Goodwood Revival postcode: PO18 0PX
The circuit is located near the town of Chichester, West Sussex. This postcode can be used to get you heading in the right direction, but the huge amount to traffic surrounding the circuit over the weekend means that there will be special signposted routes in from the main routes in.
There is also the option of travelling in via public transport, with regular busses from Chichester train station to the event.
What to wear at the 2016 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 2016 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.
>Take a look through last year's event gallery to get a feel for why the Revival has become so legendary.