In Depth

Goodwood Revival 2018: dates, tickets and £200m-worth of cars

Some of the world’s most expensive racing machines will take to the Chichester circuit next month

The Goodwood Revival has just kicked off.  Today classic car owners and racing royalty are flocking to the Chichester circuit for a weekend of motorsport.  

The meeting, which takes place every year, sees car collectors and professional drivers pilot historic racing machines on Goodwood’s 2.4-mile circuit.

The cars taking part are often extremely rare, or have special significance in the motorsport world, so they can be worth millions.

But the Revival isn’t all about cars. Guests are encouraged to wear clothing from the 1940s to 1960s to complement the historic racing machines, The Daily Telegraph says. To add to the period atmosphere, 300 actors wander around the pit complex dressed in “full vintage regalia.”

Here’s what else you need to know about this year’s Revival:

Dates and tickets  

The Goodwood Revival runs from 7 to 9 September.

Tickets can be ordered directly from Goodwood’s website, but only passes to Sunday’s races can be ordered at the moment. These start at £78 per person.

The £200m race 

This year’s Kinrara Trophy, a sprint race filled with grand tourers from the 1950s and ’60s, will feature over £200m-worth of historic machinery.

That may be a “conservative estimate”, says Top Gear, as the 30-car grid will include a pair of Ferrari 250 GTOs that cost around £52m each. These will be joined by ten 250 GT SWBs, each costing at least £5m.

According to The Daily Telegraph,  a “very rare” Ferrari 330 GTO will also compete in the GT race. Only three 330 GTOs were made, all of which have slightly larger engines than the 250 GTOs they’re based on.

Rounding off the multi-million pound grid is a group of Jaguar E-Types, four Aston Martin DB4 GTs, two AC Cobras and a Maserati 3500 GT, the newspaper says. 

“Most would expect to find cars of this value locked away in a garage or museum,” says event host Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Duke of Richmond. “But at the Revival you will find them racing into the dusk, headlights blazing, and brake discs glowing as they roar around one of the fastest and most demanding circuits in the UK.”

Along with the Kinrara Trophy, attendees can also expect to see a number of vintage Grand Prix cars battling on the circuit, as well as Le Mans prototypes and tin-top touring cars.

Star-studded line-up 

Joining the multimillion-pound cars are several celebrities from the motorsport world. 

British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) champions Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden are set to make an appearance in historic saloon racers, along with World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx, says Autosport

Jochen Mass, ex-Formula 1 driver and former teammate to James Hunt, is due to take the wheel of a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, the motorsport magazine says. He’ll be joined by Le Mans-winners Emanuele Pirro and Andre Lotterer, plus rallying legend Stig Blomqvist.   

There’s a chance attendees will spot other stars walking around the paddock. Red Bull Racing’s F1 car designer Adrian Newey is a regular visitor to the Revival, as is former F1 driver David Coulthard.

Recommended

Aston Martin DBX707: the fastest production SUV on sale
Aston Martin DBX707
Expert’s view

Aston Martin DBX707: the fastest production SUV on sale

Citroën C3: what the car critics say
Citroën C3 2022
Expert’s view

Citroën C3: what the car critics say

Škoda Fabia: what the car critics say
Škoda Fabia 2022 car
Expert’s view

Škoda Fabia: what the car critics say

Pros and cons of driverless cars
Tesla driverless car
Pros and cons

Pros and cons of driverless cars

Popular articles

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths
Vladimir Putin has previously deployed ‘extreme measures’ to crush opposition
Why we’re talking about . . .

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths

Is Vladimir Putin seriously ill?
Vladimir Putin
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is Vladimir Putin seriously ill?

Nato vs. Russia: who would win?
Nato troops
In Depth

Nato vs. Russia: who would win?

The Week Footer Banner