The Goodwood Revival Meeting
A leading vintage motorsport event
In a nutshell, the Revival Meeting is a retro motor racing extravaganza. Each year there are many different classes of racing vehicles, principally from the 1950s and 1960s. These range from sports cars and saloon cars alll the way through to F1 cars.
These vehicles, which are often priceless or unique, are driven pretty hard by a mixture of amateur and professional drivers, including a few ageing superstars of motorsport.
Thrilling vintage motorbike racing features too.
One of the things that gives the Revival Meeting its special flavour is the efforts that many people go to to dress up in period costume - it's not compulsory though.
It all takes place at the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, a mile and a half north-east of Chichester. The circuit, of course, had a great motor racing history until it racing was closed down for safety reasons in the 1960s.
Now, although the circuit has improved its safety features, the cars are pretty much as dangerous as they were back in the days when motor sport of all classes was scarred by terrible accidents. The drivers seem extraordinarily vulnerable by today's hi-tech standards. Sadly, there have been several very bad accidents at the Goodwood Revival over the years.
But thankfully most of the time, things pass off without too much trauma to all involved. The racing is fast and unpredictable. The cars are often masterpieces of motor engineering and the atmosphere is friendly and different to most normal motorsport events. Many people attend the Revival Meeting who have little or no interest in motor racing. It's just a good day out.
The Goodwood Revival Meeting tends to sell out in advance, so early booking is advisable.
Further details can be found on the official Goodwood website