2023 Goodwood Revival: What you need to know

Here we take a look at the schedule for the much anticipated three day event.

The highly anticipated 2023 Goodwood Revival is just days away from getting underway on Friday 8th September. The three-day event is a celebration of motorsport, and the high-octane action will end on Sunday, 10th September. This year will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of motorsport at the Goodwood Circuit and the 25th anniversary of this event. This year’s Goodwood Revival will be the culmination of a year-long celebration.

The history of the Goodwood Revival can be traced back to the autumn of 1998, and it has since become iconic, not just because of the famous cars and drivers that race but also because of the period dress worn by all those who attend. It is a spectacular spectacle, and all of these factors make this a memorable event and one that brings excitement and anticipation.

2023 will be the 25th time that the Revival has occurred, and the full timetable has been officially released for all three days. Action on each day will begin at 9am. It must, however, be noted that this timetable is subject to change.

Whilst bars and the stands of ‘Over The Road’ will be open on Thursday, the action gets underway on Friday, 8th September. On Friday, proceedings will begin with the iconic and traditional flypast of historic aeroplanes before the racing will get underway on track.

The first to take to the track will be a parade of approximately 200 historic motorcycles to celebrate the 75th anniversary of racing at Goodwood as well as the 25th anniversary of the Revival itself. This parade will also celebrate 100 years of BMW Motorrad, the 120th anniversary of Harley Davidson, and the 130th birthday of Royal Enfield.

Then, after the motorcycles have vacated the track, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy will see 1950s sportscars race on what is also the anniversary of the Goodwood Nine Hours, which is an endurance race that takes 9 hours to complete, ending at night with the event getting underway in the afternoon. Iconic cars participating include the Aston Martin DB3S, the Jaguar XK120, the Frazer Nash, the Austin Healy and the Jaguar C-Type.

Friday will also see Lotus’ 75th birthday being celebrated at 11:25, as well as a celebration of the legacy of Carroll Shelby at 15:30. The day will also see a tribute to the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Some of her iconic cars will take to the track. The action on track for the Freddie March Memorial Trophy will bring the first day to a close.

Another motorcycle parade gets day two (Saturday) underway at 9am. Racing gets underway promptly at 09:25 with a celebration of the grand prix cars that took to the track when the Goodwood Circuit first opened back in September 1948.

No less than seven races are set to take place on the second day of the Revival, which includes the first parts of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy and the St. Mary’s Trophy. The former will feature motorcycles, and the latter will feature 1950s touring cars. Practice for the RAC TT Celebration will also take place.

Day Two will also see the first part of the Settrington Cup at 11:45 before further celebrations of Carroll Shelby and Lotus return at 11:45 and then 16:15, respectively. The Lavant Cup at 14:15 will be one to watch for all fans of Ferrari before the Rudge Whitworth Cup gets underway at 15:20. This race will see sportscars from the early years of the Le Mans 24 Hours take to the track for a 30-minute race.

Action on Saturday will then come to a close with the Whitsun Trophy at 16:50, which will see the power of the Can-Am and the Group 7 unlimited sportscars take to the track to battle for the race win and the trophy.

As with the other two days, the final day of the Revival on Sunday, 10th September, will begin with the parade of motorcycles at 9am. The Chichester Cup’s Formula Junior racers take to the track at 09:25, which will be the day’s first race. Seven further races will take place this day, including the highly anticipated RAC TT Celebration, which is one of the Revival’s headline races that will get underway at 13:50.

Bikes will race once more in the second part of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy at 10:25, while fans of Formula One may want to take in the Richmond and Gordon Trophies at 12:35, where rear-engine F1 cars from the middle of the 20th Century will race. Cars include the Lancia D50, the Ferrari 500 F1 and the Maserati 250F.

Further celebrations of Lotus and Carroll Shelby will take place at 11:15 and 16:15, respectively, with the second round of the popular Settrington Cup getting underway at 11:55. The Sussex Trophy will be the penultimate race of the 2023 Goodwood Revival, featuring 1950s sportscars, will start at 16:50.

Racing comes to an end with the second part of the St. Mary’s Trophy, featuring Ferrari 256S Dinos, Lister Knobblys, and Lotus 15s, amongst other iconic cars, which will race at 17:45. Note that ‘Over The Road’ will close at 10pm on Friday and Saturday and at 9pm on Day Three (Sunday). You may also want to take in the official prize-giving at 18:45 on the final day.

Iconic drivers and riders will also participate in the racing over the three days of the 2023 Goodwood Revival. For Formula One fans, the likes of Jensen Button, Mark Webber, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill are just some of the big names from F1’s past that will race. Iconic Le Mans drivers will also take part, including big names like Richard Attwood, David Brabham, Romain Dumas, Emanuele Pirro, Benoit Treluyer, Marco Werner and Darren Turner.

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson will return once more, whilst Andrew Jordan and Rob Huff will participate in touring car races at the Revival. A number of famous bike racers are also taking to the track, including John McGuinness, Peter Hickman, Mick Grant, Davey Todd and Ian Lougher.

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