Goodwood Revival 2017: Preview
8th - 10th September 2017
Spitfire and Mustang at Goodwood Revival
Revival 2017 will bring together the classic motor racing atmosphere of 1966 and earlier, before with the best of vintage aviation.
As well as flying displays by vintage aircraft, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d'elegance for pre-1966 aircraft celebrates its 10th anniversary. This static aircraft park shows some of the most elegant and rarely-seen machines from the history of aviation, highlighting Goodwood's rich aviation heritage. Visitors can get within touching distance of these historic machines, many of which are transported especially for the event from all over the world.
See the review of the 2016 show for a taste of the sort of thing to expect.
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.
|Due to fly (tap / hover over icon for more detail)|
||Swordfish W5865 was scheduled by the operators to fly all days, but is currently unserviceable|
|BBMF Hurricane (Fri, Sat, Sun)|
|Additionally the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation static aircraft park will have around 30 aircraft. Details here when known.|
|All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints|
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 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
- 1934 De Havilland DH83 Fox Moth, Reg No. ZK-AGM owned by Bruce Broady
- 1936 Miles M11 Whitney Straight, Reg No. G-AERV owned by Peter Bishop
- 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.
|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|
||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|
Getting to the Show
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.
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.
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.
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.