2019 Goodwood Revival previewby Jake Williams-Smith on 13th August 2019
The 2019 Goodwood Revival is fast approaching and a collection of incredible cars will be on show at this year’s festival
The Goodwood Revival returns between September 13-15 this year, and the 2019 edition will have brand new races joining an already packed line-up of festivities.
The three-day event is an annual celebration of motoring from yesteryear, incorporating cars and bikes that were being raced long before the original Goodwood Circuit opened back in 1948, as well as machinery that raced on the track during its first two decades. With attendees encouraged to dress in period attire, the Revival recreates the feel of the motor racing world from the 1950s and ‘60s.
The action on the circuit is accompanied by fashion shows, auctions, fairground attractions, static car displays and shopping opportunities, offering a full weekend's entertainment for everyone.
This year's Revival will have a flavour of the '60s about it, with classic Minis owned by members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, on display as part of a celebration marking 60 years of the Mini.
While all classic attire is encouraged, fashion from the '60s will be the focus of this year's event, with vintage clothing factored into the 'Best Dressed' award that is handed out to the snappiest dresser.
2019 Revival races
Boasting the 'most expensive grid in the world', the Kinrara Trophy takes place on Friday with closed-cockpit GT cars dating back to pre-1963. Ferrari 250 SWBs, Jaguar E-types and Aston Martin DB4GTs will be among the field competing in the first race of the festival.
The Earl of March Trophy and Brooklands Trophy races are both new for this year, adding to an already action-packed weekend. 500cc Formula 3 cars from the 1950s will go head-to-head in the Earl of March Trophy race while the Brooklands Trophy will act as a celebration of Bentley, with pre-war cars set to battle for victory.
Sunday’s Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration has become a highlight of the event. Closed-cockpit GT cars from 1960 to ’64 will pound round in this hour-long pro/am race and it will no doubt be a highlight of this year’s festival once again.
Highlights include the Bentley 125 in action during the Brooklands Trophy event while the Zerex Special will also be racing.
Here are the highlights from day three in 2018, which included close racing, classic motors - and the odd crash.
Famous faces at the 2019 Goodwood Revival
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be making his Goodwood Revival debut. He will be joined by MotoGP legend Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard making his return to racing at the event.
The full line-up is in the process of being confirmed. Last year’s event included current and former racing drivers, including Jackie Oliver, Mike Conway, Jochen Mass, Karun Chandhok and André Lotterer.
Read our exclusive 12-page feature on the Zerex Special ahead of its appearance at the Goodwood Revival in the current September issue of Motor Sport magazine
The 60th anniversary of the Mini and Bentley's centenary celebrations will guarantee a large field from both marques.
Individual highlights include the Zerex Special, as featured in this month's Motor Sport magazine issue, and the 1925 Bentley 3-litre that will take part in the Brooklands Trophy race. The 'Number 10' Bentley may well have gone on to win the Le Mans 24 Hours but a miscalculation on fuel meant the car ran out of fuel after 19 laps.
A 1957 Austin Westminster A105 will also be on show during the St Mary's Trophy race. Guided to championship success in the inaugural season of British Saloon Car Championship by Jack Sears, the Austin Westminster is a great taste of the family saloon racing that was so popular in the 1950s.