2020 Goodwood Speedweek: The 'Revival on steroids' rescue plan

The Revival and Festival of Speed may have been cancelled, but in an exclusive interview, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon tells us of his idea for an exciting new event that could just save the season

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The Duke of Richmond and Gordon and his Goodwood team are planning what could be a revolutionary event

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“Early summer usually brings the excitement of a busy season well underway, creating a hive of activity across all areas of the estate,” wrote the Duke of Richmond and Gordon back in June. “Instead, Goodwood remains unseasonably quiet and we are holding our breath, hoping that the next few weeks will mean better news for all of us in light of the pandemic. Although we are deeply saddened not to be able to hold the Festival of Speed and Revival this year, as things hopefully improve, I look forward to when we may safely come together again.”

No daffodils at the Members’ Meeting; no chance to nose around some unearthed wonder at the Festival of Speed; no St Mary’s Trophy tin-top shenanigans to make us chuckle at the Revival; no humongous grid of glittering old racing cars at Silverstone
to top such numbers achieved in period…

Yes, Formula 1 has found a way to be revived and the British Touring Car Championship will return thick and fast in August, but a season isn’t complete without the grandee Goodwoods and the Silverstone Classic. We’ve missed it all this year.