Whether it’s the draw of saloon cars going door-to-door driven by your favourite contemporary racers, or the big-ticket Tourist Trophy with Cobras, E-Types and 250 GTOs sliding their way around the unforgiving Sussex circuit, there really is something for everyone at the Goodwood Revival. And this year, the Minis are back!
...Jenson Button racing at Revival for the first time. He’ll drive a Jaguar E-Type in the Stirling Moss Trophy with Alex Buncombe, and they’re also pairing up for the Tourist Trophy in a Cobra.
We also can’t wait to see the John Whitmore Trophy, featuring a 30-strong Austin Mini Cooper S grid, which will no doubt see some paint-swapping! The race will include legendary drivers such as Neel Jani, Jochen Mass, David Brabham, Jean-Eric Vergne, Martin Brundle, Romain Dumas, Andre Lotterer, Emanuele Pirro, Karun Chandok and many more. We expect this to be the highlight of the weekend.
Every day at the Goodwood Revival is action-packed, with practice, qualifying, interviews, demonstrations and displays taking place all weekend. But the racing is the real draw, so here’s everything you can look forward to this year. Note that all times are British Summer Time (BST) and the schedule is provisional – timings may change depending on circumstances on the day.
Friday 17 September
18.20: Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy (60 mins - two drivers)
One of the most beautiful grids of the weekend as a field of Jaguar E-Types and Ferrari 250 SWBs do battle with the likes of Aston Martin DB4GTs, AC Cobras and a host of other early-’60s GT racers.
Saturday 18 September
09.45: Festival of Britain Trophy (25 mins)
This grid will feature some of the finest Grand Prix and Voiturette cars of the 1930s and ’40s.
11.00: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins - two riders)
For Grand Prix motorcycles of the 1960s. Previous races have seen tremendous battles between the iconic British Manx Norton and the Italian MV Agusta.
11.50: John Whitmore Trophy (45 mins - two drivers)
This one-off race for 2021 will celebrate 60 years of the Mini Cooper by pitting 30 of the diminutive saloons up against each other in a two-driver, 45-minute challenge. This is sure to be one of the closest and most exciting races of the weekend.
14.10: Glover Trophy (25 mins)
First held in 1949, this race is now contested by 1.5-litre Grand Prix machinery hailing from 1961 to 1965, and will see the swinging ’60s style of Grand Prix racing brought back to Goodwood as the very best offerings from Lotus, BRM, Ferrari and the like fight for victory in the 40th running of the event.
16.10: St Mary’s Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins)
Always one of the highlight races of the weekend, the St Mary’s Trophy will see saloon cars of the 1950s do battle, harking back to the earliest day of the British Saloon Car Championship.
17.00: Whitsun Trophy (25 mins)
This is the fastest and loudest race of the weekend and, for the 20th time at Revival, will feature some of the most spectacular action as Lola T70 Spyders take on Ford GT40s, McLaren M1s and a host of sports prototypes that raced up to 1966.
17.50: Sussex Trophy (25 mins)
Possibly the most glamorous race of the weekend, the Sussex Trophy is run on Saturday evening for World Championship sports cars and production sports racing cars of the late 1950s. The race is a glorious reminder of the early Tourist Trophy events at Goodwood, when Jaguar D-Types, Listers, Ferraris and Coopers did battle.
Sunday 19 September
09.00: Chichester Cup (20 mins)
This year’s Chichester Cup is for front-engined Formula Juniors. Featuring one of the widest line-ups of manufacturers on any Revival grid, the Cup will open Sunday’s racing action with what’s sure to be an exciting and close encounter.
09.45: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, Part 2 (25 mins - two riders)
The second round of two-wheeled action sees the riders look to consolidate the advantage gained during the previous day’s competition. The unique Le Mans start, in which riders sprint across the grid to jump aboard their waiting machines, is always a highlight of this race.
11.30: Richmond Trophy (25 mins)
Exclusively for front-engined Grand Prix cars that raced up to 1960, this race celebrates modern-day Formula 1’s forefathers, as Maserati 250Fs and Ferrari 246s once again take on the likes of the Lotus 16, BRM Type 25 and more from the exciting post-war period.
12.20: Brooklands Trophy (25 mins - two drivers)
Named in honour of Britain’s first purpose-built motor racing venue and Goodwood’s spiritual forebear, this race will feature some of the finest examples of sports cars from the roaring ’20s and the ’30s.
14.30: Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration (60 mins - two drivers)
A one-hour, two-driver race featuring some of the biggest names in racing. This event has become one of the most prestigious events in modern historic motorsport.
15.55: St Mary’s Trophy, Part 2 (25 mins)
Always a thrilling encounter, the second part of the St Mary’s Trophy sees the owners of the 1950s saloon cars take their turn behind the wheel, pushing their cars to the limit in search of an aggregate victory.
17.20: Freddie March Memorial Trophy (25 mins)
As the sun sets on a wonderful weekend of racing, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy pays homage to the Nine Hour races that graced Goodwood in 1952, 1953 and 1955. This endurance-racing retrospective features a beautiful grid with the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Maserati all lining up.
Photos: Rob Cooper and Mathieu Bonnevie for Classic Driver ©