Chance are if you’re a bit of a petrol head then you will have at least heard of the Goodwood Revival.
It’s one of the biggest events in the calendar and it stands alone as a unique celebration of the golden age of motorsport.
Here we take a look at what’s going on, when, and why it’s so special.
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Where and when is it?
It all takes place at Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester in West Sussex.
This year’s event will be from September 8 to September 10.
Most of the racing happens on the Saturday and Sunday, with Friday predominantly a practice day.
At the heart of the Revival is wheel-to-wheel racing as it used to be.
Goodwood’s historic racing circuit is opened up and hundreds of rare, indeed often priceless, cars do what they were made to do.
More than that, they’re piloted by champion drivers both past and present, competing for some of historic motorsport’s most sought-after titles.
The biggest names in both historic and contemporary motorsport are in attendance, with celebrities also involved in the St Mary’s Trophy race too.
For punters period dress is a must. That means ladies in frocks, men in tweed, and a daily prize for the best-dressed.
The winner is chosen by a group of fashion experts.
There’s also an event called Over the Road, which includes music, dancing, a funfair, shopping and plenty of jollity.
The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation is a concours event for pre-1966 aircraft and highlights Goodwood’s aviation heritage.
As is the way with Goodwood, guests can get up close with the machines, many of which are brought in especially from all over the world.
Why is it so special?
There’s quite simply no other event like it on the calendar.
The aim of the event is to recreate the period of motorsport between 1948 and 1966.
Goodwood bills it as a theatrical and sporting drama and it’s not wrong.
Crucially it brings together significant racing cars and bikes from the time, along with legendary drivers and riders from across the decades.
It’s staged entirely in period dress, making it a truly immersive experience. It genuinely is like going back in time.
It celebrates Goodwood itself, remembering the days when the circuit was the spiritual home of British motor racing.
The circuit remains unchanged since its heyday and the revival has been a huge success since it was launched in 1998.
What should you look out for on the track?
Friday is practice day, so while the cars won’t be driven in anger as such, it is a chance to see practically all of those present on the track.
And Friday evening is quite special, as two GT cars contest the first competitive event of the weekend as the sun goes down.
It all gets going properly on the Saturday, with seven races.
The Chichester Cup involves Formula Junior cars, while the Madgwick Cup is contested between prototypes that raced between 1955 and 1960.
The bikes take to the track for the first part of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy between two riders on machines from the 1960s.
Proof that all comers are involved is the St Mary’s Trophy, which involves little Austin A30s and A35s.
For classic Grand Prix fans the Goodwood Trophy sees cars from the 1930s, 40s and 50s on the track.
The Whitsun Trophy involves many near-priceless cars – think Ford GT 40s and McLarens.
Saturday rounds off with the Freddie March Trophy, which is a shortened homage to the endurance racing at Goodwood in the 1950s.
There are another seven races on the Sunday, kicking off with pre-1939 motors in the Brooklands Trophy before late 1950s Grand Prix cars contest the Richmond Trophy.
The second parts of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy and the St Mary’s Trophy then take place before an hour of closed-cockpit GT action in the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration.
The climax comes in the form of 1960s Grand Prix cars in the Glover Trophy before World Championship sports cars from 1955 to 1960 take part in the Sussex Trophy.
Can I still get tickets?
No, sorry. This year’s event is sold out, which is no big surprise.
However, details of tickets for 2018 will be released soon, so make sure you’re at the front of the queue.