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The Goodwood Revival Brings Together Some of History’s Most Celebrated Racecars

Step back in time to the era of the gentleman racer at England’s Goodwood Circuit…

The vintage racing world will descend on England’s Goodwood Circuit September 11 through 13 to celebrate historic cars and fashions to match. The Goodwood Revival—a kind of retro counterpart to the circuit’s annual Festival of Speed—will feature 15 races, comprising cars and motorcycles that predate 1966, along with food, entertainment, and memorabilia reminiscent of the era.

Jaguar C-Types and Aston Martin DB3S racecars will be among those to take the track Friday evening for the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, a 90-minute race that pays tribute to the Goodwood Nine Hour, Britain’s attempt in the 1950s at an endurance race similar to Le Mans. Postwar cars including the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Zagato, Fiat 8V, Porsche 356, and Lotus Mk6 will battle it out Saturday for the Fordwater Trophy. An all-Ferrari lineup will race in the Lavant Cup, with contenders from the 1950s that include the 166M, 340MM, 375MM, 750 Monza, and 250 Testa Rossa. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Goodwood Trophy, which will pit together prewar single-seater racecars, including the Alfa Romeo Tipo B, Bugatti Type 59, and several ERAs (English Racing Automobiles). A special parade each day will feature cars driven by former Formula 1 driver Bruce McLaren.

The Revival is also a showcase for vintage fashion, and the ladies and gents of Goodwood take their wardrobe very seriously. Period costume is required for paddock access, and roving judges scan the crowd on a daily basis for the weekend’s “best dressed” awards. The fields are a spectacle of lads in breeches and ladies in dresses from the 1940s to the swinging Sixties. (grrc.goodwood.com)

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