It was the Earl of March’s grandfather, the ninth Duke of Richmond, known to everyone as Freddie March, who brought motor racing to Goodwood. A renowned amateur race driver himself, after the Second World War he created a motor-racing circuit from the track that ran around the perimeter of the airfield at Goodwood. This airfield had been used during Battle of Britain when it was home to two RAF Spitfire Squadrons. On its opening in September 1948, Freddie March sped around the circuit in a Bristol 400 to the delight of the 15,000 spectators who had come to see Britain’s first professionally organised post-war motor-racing event.
The Revival opened fifty years later, on 18 September 1998, when the Earl of March drove around the circuit in the same Bristol 400 in which his grandfather had opened the track. It’s now the world’s most celebrated historic motor racing event and celebrates the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be.
A return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing, the circuit remains entirely unchanged since its heyday and is an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing. The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress, with guests soaking up the vibrant atmosphere.