While the circuit was the obvious revival, the hillclimb was a glorious innovation. Here Tony Brooks and Roy Salvadori enjoy a run in an Aston Martin DB3S in 1993
When Lord March, now the Duke of Richmond, assumed responsibility for the Goodwood estate, his focus quickly narrowed on bringing back competitive motor racing to the scruffy circuit that had hosted its last grid in 1966. But local noise restrictions and red tape made it a long shot. So what else might be possible? Almost as an afterthought during a track inspection, Charles March asked FIA race director Derek Ongaro to take a look at the parkland around Goodwood House. What about a hillclimb? A mouth-watering cast of old racing cars lined up for the first Festival of Speed in 1993, along with an unexpectedly large crowd of around 25,000, including a curious George Harrison who turned up in his Gordon Murray-designed Rocket. It was chaos, but charming and bewitching, too. Goodwood was on to something.