Set your TiVo or DVR – the Goodwood Revival will air on Discovery HD April 15th at 8:00pm – 10:00pm in two back-to-back episodes, with the same two episodes re-airing several times throughout April 16th.
The Goodwood Revival celebrates its 10th anniversary September 19-21, 2008, and the Goodwood Motor Circuit celebrates its 60th birthday since opening the gates in 1948.
The opening of the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948 was met with a strong response from enthusiasts, as the British public had been deprived of motor racing in Britain since Brooklands closed its doors in 1939 as a result of the Second World War. The huge pent-up demand saw 85 drivers and over 15,000 spectators turning up to Goodwood on September 18, 1948 to support the UK’s first proper post-War motor racing event.
In August 1966, after 18 years of memorable competition, Goodwood closed its gates to contemporary motor racing, although the circuit remained in continuous use as a testing and tack day venue. It was the end of a chapter in Goodwood history, but not the end of the story.
On September 18th, 1998, exactly 50 years to the day since the Goodwood circuit first opened, the present Earl of March re-enacted the opening of the track at the very first Goodwood Revival meeting in the same Bristol 400 that his grandfather had used half a century earlier.
So was created the Goodwood Revival, which in the subsequent ten years has established itself as the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting, and the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the Fifties and Sixties.
One of the key ingredients that make the Goodwood Revival so magical is that the Motor Circuit is untouched by the modern world. Prior to the first Revival meeting in 1998, the circuit was painstakingly restored to look exactly as it did in its heyday, down to the very last detail.
Enhancing this unique time warp experience is the fact that no modern, post-1966 vehicles are permitted on site during the event, and all competitors and staff – along with the vast majority of spectators – dress in period fashions. Recognizable characters of the time are on hand, such as Marilyn Munroe and the Dad’s Army Home Guard, and live music of the era also adds to the special atmosphere to complement the nostalgic appeal of the world’s most authentic historic motor race meeting.
The first ten years of the Goodwood Revival has given enthusiasts some of memorable historic motor racing performances from competition stars such as Sirs Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, Damon Hill and late, great Barry Sheene. The past decade has also seen tributes to Sirs Jackie Stewart and Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Phil Hill, among others, as well as special demonstrations of iconic racing cars and vehicles, as diverse as pre-1966 microcars, caravans and the Cosworth DFV engine.
[Source: Goodwood Revival]