GT40s lead a packed race programme for this year’s Revival

| 28 Mar 2013

A ‘one off’ race composed entirely of Ford GT40s is set to be one of the highlights of the 2013 Goodwood Revival when more than 140,000 descend on Sussex from 13-15 September.

As usual there’s a huge race programme, covering everything from the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration – with cars such as Ferrari 250LMs, which celebrate their half-century, Aston Martin DB4GTs and AC Cobras – to the hustle and bustle of the St Mary’s Trophy.

The latter features saloon racers in the form of the Mini Cooper ‘S’, Lotus Cortinas and Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Coupés, all three celebrating their 50th anniversaries.

There will also be circuit parades including a tribute to Jim Clark, on the 50th anniversary of his (and Lotus’) first World Championship, plus period cyclists marking 110 years of the Tour de France.

For a summary of all of the on-track action scroll below or to book tickets visit the Revival website.

Celebrity Two-driver Races

Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race (one hour, two driver)

For closed-cockpit GT cars in the spirit of the RAC TT races, 1960-1964

The one-hour, two-driver Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race remains the jewel in the Revival’s crown.  Nowhere else in the world will you see such a spectacular grid of super-rare GT cars racing in anger, driven by great aces past and present.  The grid will once again feature a breathtaking £150million-plus array of internationally renowned historic cars. Expect to see Ferrari 250LM (50th anniversary), GTO and GT SWB; Aston Martin DB4GT, Zagato and Project cars; plus AC Cobras, Jaguar E-types and E-type Lightweights.

Whitsun Trophy

For Ford GT40s and related cars of a type that raced prior to 1966

This year’s Saturday feature race will be very special indeed, featuring a grid exclusively made up of the world’s finest collection of significant and authentic racing Ford GT40s, plus the possibility of a Lola Mk6 GT – the model from which the iconic GT40 evolved. This will be the first time that a dedicated competition has ever been held for these iconic cars. It will be a 45-minute two-driver race, with driver changes in the pits between 15 and 30 minutes.

Freddie March Memorial Trophy

For cars in the spirit of the Goodwood Nine-Hour races, 1952-1955

To mark the 60th anniversary of the second Goodwood Nine Hours race, this year’s Freddie March Memorial Trophy will be a 90-minute two-driver contest into twilight, for cars of a type that took part in the legendary race. It will feature a fabulous collection of classic sports-racing cars such as Jaguar C-type, Aston Martin DB3 and DB3S, Austin-Healey 100S, Ferrari 750, Allard and HWM.

St Mary’s Trophy

Two races for saloon cars of a type that raced between 1960 and 1966

This year’s St Mary’s Trophy will feature saloon cars from the 1960s.  Expect to see a thrilling and close-fought battle between such diverse and classic models as Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Coupes, Mini Cooper S, Lotus Cortina (all three celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year) as well as Jaguar Mk2, BMW 1800 TiSA and Ford Galaxie, plus many lesser-seen period racing saloons. As ever, the format will be a celebrity race on Saturday, with the car owners taking their turn on Sunday, and the result declared on aggregate.

Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy

Two races for motorcycles (1960-’66) in the spirit of the original Goodwood Saturday meeting

The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy will continue as a two-part, two-rider challenge, this year featuring ’bikes from the 1960s, including such iconic names as BSA, Triumph, Norton and BMW. There will again be one race on Saturday and another on Sunday, with the result decided by aggregate timing. Each owner-rider will be paired up with a professional racer, and both will ride in each race, changing over in the pits around half distance.

Sports car races

Fordwater Trophy

For production-based sports and GT cars, of a type that raced between 1955 and 1960

The Fordwater Trophy is a name synonymous with Goodwood and the Revival, and this year’s race will feature production-based sports and GT cars in the spirit of the Members meetings held between 1955 and 1960. It is to feature such exotic thoroughbreds as the Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari 250GT Tour de France and Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, through to smaller and more nimble models including the MGA and Porsche 356.


For World Championship sports cars and production sports racing cars from 1955-1960

The Sussex Trophy caters for World Championship sports cars and production sports racing cars from 1955-1960. These big, powerful machines, from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lister and Maserati, are perfectly suited to Goodwood’s fast, sweeping curves, and always produce a stunning spectacle.

Madgwick Cup

For sports-racing cars of under 2-litres of a type that raced between 1948 and 1955

This year’s Revival sees the return of the Madgwick Cup, with a grid of classic sports-racing cars of under 2 litres of a type that raced at Goodwood between 1948 and 1955. From the exotic Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, OSCA MT4 and Cisitalia 202 to the many British Coopers, Listers and Lotuses, these cars were a cornerstone of Goodwood’s early days.

Single-Seater Racing

Goodwood Trophy

For Grand Prix and Voiturette cars of a type that raced between 1930 and 1950

This race features GP titans and more nimble voiturette cars based on designs from before WW2. These sit-up-and-beg single-seaters will thunder around the fast and spectacular track, just as they did in the circuit’s fledgling years. In addition to a gaggle of ERAs, expect to see Alfa Romeo Tipo B and 308C take on Maserati 4CM, 6CM and 8CM, plus Alta, Bugatti Type 54 and Talbot Lago.


For front-engined Grand Prix cars of a type that raced between 1952 and 1960

The Richmond Trophy will feature a grid of classic front-engined GP cars from the early years of the World Championship, including such iconic vehicles as the Maserati 250F, Ferrari 246 Dino, Aston Martin DBR4 and BRM Type 25.

Gordon Trophy

For rear-engined Inter-Continental Formula and Formula One cars, 1956-1962

The Gordon Trophy, which returns for the first time since 2010, will cater for cars from one of Grand Prix racing’s golden eras, when the Cooper-led rear-engined revolution changed the face of the sport. This year’s contest should see a close-fought battle, pitting Cooper T43, 45, 51 and 53 against Lotus 18 and BRM P48, plus some interesting interlopers.   

Glover Trophy

For 1.5-litre Formula One and Tasman cars of a type that raced between 1961 and 1965

This race for 1960s Formula 1 cars will once again feature a spectacular gathering of 1.5-litre GP cars, from the likes of Lotus, Brabham, BRM and Cooper. These cigar-like racers are synonymous with the important F1 meetings in Goodwood’s latter years, and the selection of those taking part will focus on genuine F1 cars using fabulous-sounding V8 engines, making the race as noisy and exciting as ever.


For front-engined Formula Juniors of a type that raced between 1958 and 1960

This year’s Formula Junior race focuses on cars ran with rear engines and drum brakes, which last appeared at the Revival three years ago. With so many Juniors competing internationally, the specification of the race changes every year, to give it a new look and character.  The 2013 ‘mid-period’ grid will feature a wide range of cars from familiar manufacturers such as Cooper and Lotus through to rarer examples from De Sanctis and Lynx.

Circuit Parades

Tribute to Jim Clark

Our annual feature tribute will be to the legendary Scottish racer Jim Clark, on the 50th anniversary of his first World Championship. A daily track parade will include a variety of his most famous cars, to honour the life and achievements of this incredible man, who achieved success as both driver and team owner.

100 Years of the Tour de France

This year sees the 110th anniversary of the first Tour de France race in 1903, and the 100th actual running of this most renowned of all bicycle competitions.  We will have a daily peleton of cyclists riding period racing bikes, joined on track by a suitably French cavalcade of support vehicles and classic promotional vans, plus much more.  There may even be the odd familiar face pedalling hard as well!

Special Race

Settrington Cup

Back by huge popular demand, after last year’s inaugural competition, will be the Settrington Cup, for children in Austin J40 pedal cars. The race will once again consist of a full field of J40s competing over two heats, with the result declared on aggregate timing. Expect one of the most closely contested races of the weekend!