If you plan on making a trip to Goodwood this year, there’s a very good chance you’ll get to be a part of its many, many anniversaries. Not only does 2023 mark the 30th birthday of the Festival of Speed (13th to 16th July), one of the biggest events in the world motorsport calendar, but the car-crazed estate will also be paying tribute to the impressive longevity of both the Goodwood Revival (8th to 10th September) and the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Expect the 30th running of Festival of Speed to be the landmark event, though – not least because it shares its birthday with the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary. Ripping up the hill in celebration will be 16 previous Le Mans victors – including nine-time winner Tom Kristensen – in iconic machines from the event’s 100-year history. The festival will play host to batch of cars that represent the past 30 years of the famous hill climb, along with a mix of machinery going all the way back to Goodwood Motor Circuit’s inception in the late 1940s.
On that note, the next birthday to note down in your diary is the Motor Circuit’s 75th anniversary. Built around the perimeter of RAF Westhampnett in 1948, the fearsomely fast 2.4-mile course has since become the global hub for historic racing following a major restoration in the late 1990s. The event will be commemorated at the Sunday Breakfast Club on 4th June, featuring a curated grid of cars from the past 75 years that includes “post-war classics to the latest and greatest Supercars.”
If you can’t make it, Goodwood says it’ll have “a number of photo moments” across the circuit from Spring for those who decide to swing by the track outside of a race weekend.
More birthday shenanigans are expected at the Goodwood Revival, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023, from 8th to 10th September. The Revival is always packed with vintage motoring goodness, with this year’s running soundtracked by thundering V8s built from the workshop of American racing legend Carroll Shelby. Prepare your eardrums.
Plenty of reasons to visit the Goodwood at some point this year, not that we ever need convincing. The celebrations are set to come to a head at the Festival of Speed, which runs from 13th to 16th July. Early bird tickets are available now until 31st March from £54, or half price for young people between 13-21 years of age. And if you’re under the age of 12, entry is completely free. Tickets are limited however and available here – we recommend snapping up your passes before it’s too late!
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