2021 Goodwood Revival: Racing to Yesteryear

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience2021 Goodwood Revival
Throughout the year, fans of vintage race cars and racing attend special “historic” events to witness cars of former glory in action again on modern-day racetracks. However, experiencing the 2021 Goodwood Revival in England is more like stepping back in time to an era when cars first roared around the Goodwood Motor Circuit in the years following World War II.

© Michael Shaffer / Subaru of AmericaRestored Glory
The Goodwood circuit has been meticulously restored to its former heyday — from the pit lane to the grandstands — but what makes the Goodwood Revival truly unique is its nostalgic flair. Participants and spectators alike embrace the spirit of the event and dress in period attire to complete the experience. At the invitation of Subaru of America, we attended the 2021 Goodwood Revival to take a step back in time and experience Goodwood — and cars of the era — in all their glory.

© Michael Shaffer / Subaru of AmericaPeriod Vehicles
In addition to the period race cars and motorcycles on the track, the Goodwood Revival takes great efforts to ensure all support and transportation vehicles in the paddock and around the venue are from the same era as the original Goodwood Motor Circuit as well. Goodwood still has an active airfield at the center of the circuit, and the one exception to the vintage vehicles and surroundings are the helicopters that arrive and depart throughout the day, transporting participants and spectators to and from the event.

© Michael Shaffer / Subaru of AmericaGoodwood Motor Circuit
The Goodwood Revival takes place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, located on the site of Royal Air Force Westhampnett airfield, which was home to a number of Spitfire squadrons during World War II. After the war, the airbase was closed and the current Duke’s grandfather, the ninth Duke of Richmond, known as Freddie March, created a racing circuit from the perimeter roads around the airfield. An amateur racer himself, when March opened the circuit in September 1948 and hosted Britain’s first professionally organized post-war racing event, he piloted a Bristol 400 in front of 15,000 spectators.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceRestoration and Revival
Over the next 18 years, Goodwood became one of the most popular racing circuits in the world. The track officially closed in 1966, but in September 1998 the Goodwood Revival was born, featuring vehicles from the same era as the Goodwood circuit, which underwent a restoration to turn back the hands of time so the track and surroundings appear the same as they did 50 years earlier.

© Michael Shaffer / Subaru of America2021 Goodwood Revival Highlights
The land and the event are currently owned by the grandson of Freddie March — Charles Gordon-Lennox, also known as Lord March. When the Goodwood Revival began in 1998, Lord March drove the circuit in the same Bristol 400 his grandfather had raced in 1948 — a circuit indeed. Enjoy these highlights from the 2021 Goodwood Revival.

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1961 Lotus-Climax 21

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St. Mary’s Trophy

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1955 Maserati 300S

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

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1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta T1

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1956 Ferrari 500 TRC

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1957 Maserati 300S

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1934 ERA A-Type R3A

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1954 Aston Martin DB3S

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1936 ERA B-Type R10B

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1963 Brabham Climax BT7

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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C

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1959 Ford Thunderbird

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Richmond Trophy

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1964 Sunbean Lister Tiger

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Brooklands Trophy

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1957 BRM Type 25

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1959 Aston Martin DBR4

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1956 Ferrari 500 TRC

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1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

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1961 Jaguar E-Type FHC

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1964 AC Cobra

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1962 Jaguar E-Type FHC

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Pedal Car

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1938 Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta

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1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI

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1942 Boeing Stearman

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1944 Lockheed P38 Lightning

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1945 Chance Vought F4U Corsair

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1964 Westland Wasp Mk I

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1931 Beech D17S Staggerwing

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Victory Parade

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Victory Parade

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Victory Parade

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Victory Parade

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Victory Parade

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1954 Aston Martin DB3S

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Support Vehicle

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1962 Norton Manx 30M

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1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

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1963 AC Cobra

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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1961 Jaguar E-Type

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