Goodwood Revival

Preview of Revival 2018

The Goodwood Revival 2018

Provisionally 7th - 9th September 2018
Blenheim formation

Blenheim with fighter escort at Revival 2016

The best pre-1966 motors blend with the cream of pre-1966 aviation to create the best garden party in the world, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018.

Details will emerge as the weeks go by, but be certain that some of the most valuable and some of the most historic racing cars and bikes will again grace the track, the paddocks and the surrounding areas.

Come in period dress to join in the atmosphere of the age when Goodwood was the première racing circuit in the UK, on the site of RAF Westhampnett: a prime wartime aerodrome.

Aircraft
Due to fly (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
   
Additionally the following are due to be on static display in the 'Freddie March Spirit of Aviation' near the runway
   
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints

More

More information including a flying list will be here when details are announced.

Goodwood Revival 2017

Rain is no deterrent when the show is this good
Spitfire MH434

Spitfire MH434

Revival 2017 combines the classic motor racing atmosphere of 1966 and earlier with the best of vintage aviation.

There were three types of flying display at this year's Goodwood Revival, beginning with a 'dawn patrol' before 09.00 each day and ending with a dusk sortie on Saturday: this year involving the Spitfire and Mustang.

The main flying display was scheduled around lunchtime on all of the three days. Unfortunately the weather prevented any flying on Friday but it was clear enough on the two weekend days. This main display, as is traditional at Revival, included a greater number of aircraft than the dawn and dusk patrols. In the past, the Lancasters from the UK and Canada have taken this slot. Last year it was the Bristol Blenheim, flying with fighter escort.

This year there were four fighters in the main display; Spitfire Mk lXb MH434, Curtiss P-40C 'Lee's Hope', Goodyear Corsair FG-1D and locally-based P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen', not in formation as in former years, but flying their own solo circuits in a distant tail-chase, affording an excellent opportunity to see some topsides as the aircraft banked near the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation. After several circuits, the fighters gave way to the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, which, although not on the original programme, gave a few of its own solo renditions of the same circuits.

Travelair and cockpit

Yes, you really can get this close

Miss Helen

Mustang 'Miss Helen'

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Goodyear Corsair

Goodyear Corsair

P-40 "Lee's Hope"

P-40 "Lee’s Hope"

As well as flying displays by vintage aircraft, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d'elegance celebrated its 10th anniversary as the event's static aircraft park for pre-1966 aircraft, showing some of the most elegant and rarely-seen machines from the history of aviation and highlighting Goodwood's rich aviation heritage. Visitors could get within touching distance of these historic machines, many of which are transported especially for the event from all over the world.

Winners

The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation winners:

1st 1943 Bristol Blenheim, John Romain
2nd 1943 Supermarine Spitfire MkIX, Sarah Hanna (Old Flying Machine Company)
3rd 1939 Spartan Executive, Nigel Pickard

Of course, it is possible to see aircraft on the ground at many airshows. Visitors can often get quite close in a 'flightline walk' or approach reasonably near the aircraft when they are positioned around an aerodrome. However, they are usually behind rails or ropes, guarded by a line of security personnel or only approachable when accompanied by a specialist guide. At Goodwood Revival there are none of those things. There are a few 'please do not touch' notices, but otherwise there is generally no barrier to really close inspection, seeing inside the cockpit and, yes, to touching many of them. There are also pilots, owners or representatives nearby who are only too pleased to talk to visitors about their craft and to answer questions. There are few opportunities, at any airshow, to get as intimate with the aircraft as there are at Goodwood Revival.

A panel including record-breaking skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who in 2012 jumped from a balloon in the stratosphere; model and aviation enthusiast Jodie Kidd; former Master of the Royal Household, Air Marshal Sir David Walker; architectural and aviation author Jonathan Glancey; former CEO and Chairman of Rolls-Royce Sir Ralph Robins and Avtrade Aviation Executive, aerobatic competitor and air show pilot Jeff Lewis judged the static aircraft.

The winner in 2017 was the only fully functional and airworthy Bristol Blenheim, the Duxford-based MkI L6739. Amongst the other aircraft on display were a 1944 Beechcraft D17 S Staggerwing, a 1942 Douglas C53, a 1939 Lockheed P-38 Lightning (in practice, this flew), two Supermarine Spitfires and Bill Charney's Red Rockette NC16S Staggerwing. Other exhibits are listed in the table.

The weather certainly didn't help the flying but racing on the track continued virtually unabated as drivers and riders thrashed their vintage, often unique motors through falling rain and standing water, sometimes losing control and sustaining damage to rare vehicles but never holding back.

As well as the racing for which the event is renowned, Revival celebrated landmark events in racing history.

One celebration was the 60th anniversary of the famous 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree, Liverpool, in which Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks shared one of Tony Vandervell’s Vanwalls to win the first ever Formula 1 victory for a British car. Stirling Moss had a misfire so retired his Number 18 car early. Tony Brooks, who was still suffering the effects of his Le Mans crash in an Aston Martin DBR1 the previous month, was ordered to bring in his car, Number 20, and hand it over to his team-mate. Stirling Moss caught and passed the leading Maserati with 20 laps to run and went on to win by almost half a minute from three Ferraris. It was the third and final time in F1 history that two drivers had shared a victory.

Before the show, Revival founder Lord March said:

“Both Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks began their careers at Goodwood – Moss with his Formula 3 Cooper-Norton in 1948, and Brooks with his mother’s Austin-Healey in 1952. I am delighted Tony will be with us at the Revival to remember it all.”

There was also a taste of Italy at Revival as over 100 Fiat 500s took to the track early each day to celebrate 60 years since the 1957 launch of the model, complimented by Italian fashions, flavours and other Italian vehicles of the period. Even the programme seller kiosks were headlined in Italian.

There was a Scottish theme, too, including Lord March himself in tartan trousers, when Revival celebrated David Murray’s Edinburgh-based Ecurie Ecosse. The team was started by David Murray in 1951. He ran Cooper and Connaught cars in three British Grands Prix at Silverstone for himself, Leslie Thorne, Ian Stewart and Jimmy Stewart (Jackie's brother). They later used Jaguar D-types, which took back-to-back Le Mans 24 Hour victories. Three of the 11 original long-nose D-types, all run at Le Mans by Ecurie Ecosse, were in the parade at Revival, as were several other Ecurie Ecosse cars, which were piped out of the collecting area by a live pipe-band onto the track for demonstration runs on Friday and Sunday and a parade on Saturday.

Vintage racing on two and four wheels; celebrations of pre-1966 motoring highlights; the cream of pre-1966 aviation, in the air and on the ground; even a live fashion show of pre-1966 attire. There are other lookbacks to vintage motoring and aviation but Goodwood Revival remains the best motoring garden party there can be.

Judges

Judges assess the Spirit of Aviation entries

Nigel Pickard

Nigel Pickard in his Spartan 7W Executive

About Goodwood

The Goodwood estate comprises the historic Goodwood House and estate, with a racecourse, park, hotel with health club, and an airfield surrounded by an active motor circuit.

The airfield, known during WWII as Westhampnett, was a busy satellite station to Tangmere and was the airfield from which Douglas Bader flew his last mission.

The airfield is situated between the south downs and The Solent, well clear of controlled airspace, and now provides flying lessons and a base for private aircraft as well as events with a flying element.

Aircraft
Supermarine Spitfire Mk lXb MH434
Curtiss P-40 'Lee's Hope'
Goodyear Corsair FG-ID
P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen'
Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Red Bull)
Additionally, in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation static aircraft park, the following aircraft were scheduled to display. In practice, not all of them did, but the list gives a flavour of the superb aircraft Revival attracts
1937 Beech D17-S Staggerwing NC18028 (3rd in 2008)
1944 Beechcraft D17-S Staggerwing NC16S (Winner in 2012)
1943 Bristol Blenheim Mk I L6739 (Winner in 2015)
1940 Bücker BU133C Jungmeister G-BVGP (Winner in 2009)
1952 Cessna 195 Businessliner N3964B (2nd in 2009)
1949 Cessna 195 Businessliner N 159 RS (Winner in 2014)
1942 Douglas C53 LN-WND
1931 de Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth G–ABDA (2nd in 2012)
1932 de Havilland DH53 Fox Moth ZK-AGM (Winner in 2016)
1961 de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver G–DHCZ (2nd in 2011)
1945 de Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide G-AHAG (3rd in 2014)
1938 Foster Wikner Wicko G–AFJB (Winner in 2007)
1939 Gloster Gladiator G-GLAD (2nd in 2014)
1937 Hawker Demon G-BTVE (Winner in 2010)
1935 Hawker Fury MkI G–CBZP (Winner in 2011)
1934 Hawker Nimrod G–BURZ (3rd in 2010)
1939 Lockheed P-38 Lightning
1936 Miles M.11A Whitney Straight G-AERV (2nd in 2016)
1939 Monocoupe 90A G-AFEL (2nd in 2013)
1943 North American AT16 G-AZSC
1947 North American L-17A Navion N9868H (3rd in 2009)
1938 Ryan SCW145 VH-SCW (3rd in 2016)
1939 Spartan 7W Executive NC17633 (2nd in 2008)
1948 Stinson 108-3 ‘Flying Station Wagon’ G–WAGN (2nd in 2010)
1940 Supermarine Spitfire IA AR213 (Winner in 2008 and 3rd in 2015)
1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb MH434 (2nd in 2015)
Originally scheduled to fly but withdrawn
Swordfish W5865 was scheduled by the operators to fly all days, but is currently unserviceable
a BBMF Hurricane was once scheduled to fly but an issue with Merlin engines in the BBMF fleet, which was still being dealt with at the time of the show, reduced the number of BBMF aircraft available to fly and at the time of the show those few were kept closer to their base at Coningsby.

Revival 2016: The best flying and motor garden party in the world

Over 150,000 visitors enjoyed Revival at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit this year, not just re-enacting but re-living the motor racing, flying, and other major events of 1966 and before.

Blenheim, Spitfire and Mustang at Revival 2016

Blenheim, Spitfire and Mustang at Goodwood Revival 2016

There was impressive flying on Friday and Sunday and all week open access to the 'Spirit of Aviation' static aircraft area where visitors could get within touching distance of over 30 vintage aircraft. On the Goodwood track there were fifteen races involving racing, sporting and entertainment celebrities and motoring tributes to Sir Jack Brabham and the 1966 World Cup win.

The tribute to the late Sir Jack Brabham came 50 years after he became the only driver in F1 history to claim the World Championship in a car bearing his own name. He raced and tested at Goodwood extensively during his career and developed a number of championship-winning cars at the Motor Circuit. A huge gathering of single-seater, saloon and sports cars encompassing his career as a driver and team owner took part in the daily on-track tribute parades during the weekend, exhibiting many of the cars with which he was involved during his career and driven by the greatest names in motor sport, including Sir Stirling Moss.

A host of superstars from the world of motor sport attended Goodwood Revival this year, including John Surtees CBE, the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels; Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell and David Coulthard, mixing it with celebrities such as Rowan Atkinson and Sir Chris Hoy.

Aviation is always a special feature of Revival. The Freddie March 'Spirit of Aviation' static park displayed around 30 aircraft including the Albatross DV, 1938 Ryan SCW145, de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, 1934 de Havilland DH83 Fox Moth (which won the 'best in show' prize), Avro Anson and Beech G18S.

Spirit of Aviation winners 2016

  1. 1934 De Havilland DH83 Fox Moth, Reg No. ZK-AGM owned by Bruce Broady
  2. 1936 Miles M11 Whitney Straight, Reg No. G-AERV owned by Peter Bishop
  3. 1938 Ryan SCW145, Reg No. VH-SCW owned by Steve Carter

The flying programme began with a dawn Spitfire flypast at 0800 on Friday and displays by the BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, followed by the Blenheim, in its Goodwood debut, with a Spitfire and Mustang. The Saturday programme would have been virtually the same, but was cancelled because of the weather. On Sunday, as well as the dawn patrol there was a display by a BBMF Spitfire, a BBMF Hurricane, the Blenheim, the Old Flying Machine Company's Spitfire MH434 and Goodwood-based Mustang 'Miss Helen', in various combinations including a 5-ship formation. The displays were not as energetic or aerobatic as they have been in previous years, nor was the Spitfire / Mustang flying quite as close to each other, but the display circuits were plentiful, as near to the crowd as regulations allow and provided plenty of topsides.

Photos

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Aircraft
Flying schedule   (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane on Friday 9th
BBMF Lancaster, Hurricane and 2 Spitfires were due on 10th but cancelled due to weather
BBMF Hurricane and 2 Spitfires were due on Sunday 11th but in practice one BBMF Spitfire flew

Mustang
The Bristol Blenheim, Mustang 'Miss Helen' and Spitfire Mk9 MH434 were all due each day but Saturday's displays were cancelled due to the weather
Static aircraft
   

Location

Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

From the east and west, take the A27 towards Chichester and follow the airshow signs as you get close.

From inland Sussex take the A29, A23 or A22 south to the A27 and head towards Chichester, picking up the signs as you get near.

From further north, get to the M25, leave at junction 10 and head south on the A3 until you pick up the event signposts.

Postcode for Sat Nav is PO18 0PX, but ignore it in favour of event signs when you get close.

By coach

National Express have direct coach services from London, Southampton and Brighton with connections from further afield. All services terminate at Chichester bus station from where there is a bus service to the event. You can book seats online. Click the National Express name to go to their web site.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Chichester, with services from London Victoria. Alternatively, trains from Waterloo go to Haslemere about 30 minutes from Goodwood. Taxis are available at the stations. There is a special bus service from Chichester station to the show.

Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.

The variety of rail tickets and fares can be very confusing. Trainline and Raileasy web sites list all ticket and fare options for the time and day of travel you choose, but they both levy an admin fee. Click either of the blue ticket agency names to go to their web site.

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Accommodation near the show

It is best to book as far as possible in advance. This is not only because nearby hotels and guest houses tend get booked up well before the date of an airshow but also because prices can be better when you book early online.

There are plenty of booking agencies. We find that many of the well known ones are better at finding hotels from international or larger UK chains and may suggest hotels in main towns or cities quite a distance from the show site.

If you need plenty of options, we find that, between them, LateRooms and Expedia list a good selection of smaller, as well as bigger, hotels and will find accommodation in villages and small towns as well as the main centres. Expedia also give, and take, Nectar points.

Click either blue agency name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into both links, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates.

Trivago will list competitive prices for a range of hotels, but they might not necessarily find them all, because some chains do not subscribe to their service. You may also get a better rate if you book direct with an hotel, especially if you are a member of a loyalty or rewards scheme.

The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn about 20 miles away in Portsmouth and a Holiday Inn Express in Southampton, 30 miles away. There are six Premier Inn hotels within 15 miles, the nearest of which is in Chichester.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Goodwood weather forecast from the UK Met Office

The Met office seven-day forecast includes maximum, minimum and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind direction, gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's five-day forecast has overall conditions including temperatures, UV range and a description that may help to determine how pleasant the day will be for the visitor.

Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.

 
2018 Show
Dates

Provisionally September 7th - 9th

Show links

Show's web site

Tickets

Advance tickets only - no tickets on the gate.

See Revival tickets page

Travel

Sat Nav PO18 0PH
For links to travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting there' tab

Photos

Photos taken at Goodwood Revival