- 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
6 - 8 September
The 26th edition of the top 'wings and wheels' show, Goodwood Revival, will be held on 6th - 8th September 2024. As always, there will be several themes. The themes will be listed here when announced.
In the Spirit of Aviation Concours, a rare mixture of pre-1966 aircraft will be on static display. Overhead pre-1966 aircraft will fly at dawn and at dusk.
All competitors racing at Goodwood Revival in 2024 will be required to use fuel with a minimum of 70% sustainable components, in what is regarded as a major step to secure the future of historic motorsport and in keeping with Goodwood’s 'Revive & Thrive' ethos.
The cars will not require modifications to run on the new fuel and there will be no performance deficit.
This will not be the first time sustainable fuel has been used at Revival. The first-ever sustainably-fuelled winner at Revival was the 1925 Bentley Speed Model, which Ben Collings and Gareth Graham won beating cars running on standard fuel.
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 flying at Revival will be listed here when known|
|Aircraft on Static Display in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation will be here when known|
8 - 10 September
The King of all 'wings and wheels' shows, Goodwood Revival celebrated its 25th incarnation in 2023. Huge crowds watched in brilliant sunshine as an unmatchable range of classic vehicles not only appeared, but raced for real, around the Goodwood track.
In the Spirit of Aviation Concours, a rare mixture of pre-1966 aircraft were on static display. Overhead pre-1966 aircraft flew at dawn and at dusk.
One of the motor racing stars celebrated in 2023 was Carroll Shelby, Le Mans winning driver and the legend behind the AC Cobra and the GT40, who was born 100 years ago (11th January 1923).
In 2023 Goodwood Revival also celebrated the 75th anniversary of another legend of motorsport with a showcase of 75 historic cars that paid homage to the “The Chapman Years” of Lotus, from when the marque was founded by Colin Chapman in 1948 until his death in 1982.
The Lotus name was celebrated throughout the Revival weekend when it was possible to admire Colin Chapman’s own Lotus Elan as well as a selection of historic Lotus Formula 1 cars, sportscars and trials machines on display and on the track.
Amongst the famous drivers at Goodwood Revival, there was a chance to see 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, racing a Jaguar C-Type in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, paired with Alex Buncombe. It was Jenson's third consecutive appearance at the Revival whereas fellow F1 driver Mark Webber made his Revival competitive racing debut in a Porsche 911 in the Fordwater Trophy.
One of the Revival highlights for aviation fans is the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation. Pre-1966 aircraft were displayed in the 'concours d'elegance' and accessible for everyone, not just to see, but to get right up close. On Sunday a panel judged the aircraft and awarded a 'best in show' prizes. The results are in the table.
|Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours d’Elegance, Prize winners in 2023|
|1st||Focke-Wulf FW44J Stieglitz (Richard Menage)|
|2nd||Spartan 7W Executive (Sébastien Mazzuchetti)|
|3rd||Fairey Swordfish Mk I ( Navy Wings)|
Other motoring stars evident at Revival were Pedro de la Rosa, Karun Chandhok, Max Chilton, Johnny Herbert, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, Emanuele Pirro, Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell and Mark Blundell amongst a host of others.
In recent years the track opening parade has featured the Fiat 500, classic minis and the Austin 7. In 2023 it was the turn of two-wheelers: up to 200 motorcycles took to the Motor Circuit to kick off the track action for the three-day festival.
Check out our reviews of Goodwood Revival in earlier years.
|Static Display in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation|
|Focke-Wulf FW44J Stieglitz G-EMNN (Richard Menage)|
|Spartan 7W Executive (Sébastien Mazzuchetti)|
|Fairey Swordfish Mk I G-BMGC 'W5856' ( Navy Wings)|
|North American Navion|
|Travel Air 4000 (Tom Leaver). Rob Wildeboer Cup winner.|
|Auster 5J4 G-AIJM 'Priscilla' (Nigel Huxtable)|
|Bücker Bü131 Jungmann, G-BSAJ, (Anna Walker & Pete Kynsey)|
|de Havilland DH.80A G-ABLS Puss Moth (Tom Harris)|
|Grumman Albatross (Philip Sarofim)|
|Luscombe 8E 'Silvaire' G-AGMI (Oscar Flying Group)|
|Miles M38 Messenger 2A G-AJOE (Peter Bishop)|
|Lockheed 12A Electra Junior (Graham Peacock)|
|Pilatus PC-6 Porter (Beat Roos)|
|Pilatus P2 (Rolf Bläsi)|
|Percival Vega Gull (Dan Friedkin)|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia (Dan Friedkin)|
16 - 18 September
Message from the show
Before the show it was announced that:
"In consultation with the UK Government and in line with official protocols, the Goodwood Revival will go ahead with appropriate measures in place, this coming weekend Friday 16 - Sunday 18 September. There will be special moments throughout the weekend to acknowledge Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her incredible reign."
In keeping with contemporary tradition, visitors are invited to wear black armbands.
Themes for 2022 were celebrating 75 years of Ferrari, 100 years of the Austin 7 and 60 years since Graham Hill’s first F1 World Championship.
There are invariably a huge number of big-name stars at the Goodwood Revival. Jenson Button made his first racing appearance in 2021 and returned in 2022, not only to race, but also judging the Race Flag (design) Competition, part of Revival's celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Settrington Cup. Other F1 World Champions at Revival were Damon Hill, alongside former and current IndyCar drivers Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Jimmie Johnson. Amongst the stars on two wheels were Peter Hickman and Gary Johnson.
One of the Revival highlights for aviation fans is the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation. Pre-1966 aircraft are displayed in the 'concours d'elegance' and accessible for everyone, not just to see, but to get right up close. On Sunday a panel judge the aircraft and award a 'best in show'. The judges in 2022 were Kirsty Murphy MBE (the only ever female Red Arrows pilot and then a member of The Blades), Ben Murphy (pilot with The Blades and competitor in the Air Race World Championships), Peter Teichman (founder and owner of 'Hangar 11' and warbird pilot), Sqn Ldr Alan Jones (Managing Director of Solent Sky Museum) and Dermot O’Leary.
|Prize winners in 2022|
|1st||1942 Hawker Hurricane (Aircraft Restoration Co)|
|2nd||1943 Consolidated PBY Catalina (Plane Sailing Ltd)|
|3rd||1959 Beech 18 (Carlo Ferrari)|
|See the air display timetable|
|Static Display in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation|
|1943 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
1942 AOP Auster
1932 Arrow Active
1944 Auster V
1959 Beech 18
1964 Beech H18
1940 Bucker Jungmeister
1952 Cessna 195
1952 de Havilland Chipmunk
1948 de Havilland Devon
1933 de Havilland DH60 Moth Major
1943 de Havilland Tiger Moth
1942 Hawker Hurricane
1929 Klemm L25
1951 Messerschmitt 108
1947 Miles Gemini
1943 North American Harvard
1954 Piper Super Cub
1948 Stampe SV4
1943 Stinson Reliant (Navy Wings)
1944 Supermarine MkXI Spitfire
1946 Supermarine Seafire
1935 Waco YMF5C
|Fri, Sat and Sun||08.00||Solo Spitfire|
17 - 19 September
Throughout Revival weekend, the best pre-1966 motors blended with the cream of pre-1966 aviation to create the best garden party in the world, where some of the most valuable and some of the most historic racing cars and bikes enthralled visitors in the paddocks and burst into life on the track.
Visitors in period dress and re-enactors helped to recreate the atmosphere of an age when Goodwood was the première racing circuit in the UK, on the site of RAF Westhampnett: a prime wartime aerodrome.
The show is usually based around historic events. The themes for The Goodwood Revival this year included the Festival of Britain, held 70 years ago, and the 1946 London Victory Parade, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2021.
The Victory Parade itself was recreated on Sunday, when about 150 military and civilian vehicles, from tanks to motorcycles, made their way, led by a full marching column, from Lavant Infield to the startline - a first for Revival. There are pictures and more detail below.
For the rest of the weekend, the Victory Parade military vehicles were on static display at Lavant infield. The area was themed as RAF Westhampnett, celebrating the history of the airfield before the Motor Circuit was introduced. The area also featured extensive shopping malls, refreshments and a paddock housing the selection of 60s GT cars that would race in the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy, the most expensive race of the whole event.
|There were 10-minute morning air displays each day and an evening display on Saturday only.|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb G-ASJV MH434|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk FLIXb G-AVDJ MH415|
|Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB|
|Static display in the Freddie March 'Spirit of Aviation' Concours D'Elegance|
|North American B-25J Mitchell (Flying Bulls)|
|Lockheed P-38 Lightning (Flying Bulls)|
|North American P-51D Mustang 'Hun Hunter'|
|Chance-Vought F4U-4 Corsair (Flying Bulls)|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver G-DHCZ: Aircraft Restoration Company|
|Westland Lysander IIIA V9312 G-CCOM (won 2nd prize in the competition for the best presented aircraft)|
|Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog|
|Westland Wasp Mk 1 XT435 (won 3rd prize in the competition for the best presented aircraft)|
|Boeing Stearman Kaydet G-KAYD|
|Boeing Stearman G-CKXY|
|Aeronica Chief G-AKVO (Won prize for best restoration)|
|Beech D17.S Staggerwing N295BS|
|Beech D17.s Staggerwing NC16S|
|deHavilland DH80 Puss Moth|
|Miles M38 Messenger G-AJWB|
|Piper Pacer G-ATXA|
|deHavilland 82a Tiger Moth R1914|
|Miles M11A Whitney Straight G-AERV|
|Static display in the Lavant Infield, themed as Westhampnett during wartime|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX TA805: Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb G-ASJV MH434|
|Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB: The Fighter Collection|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia G-AIST 'P7308' (Comanche Fighters / TFC)|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 G-CGUK 'X4650' (Comanche Fighters)|
|Hawker Hurricane Mk.I AE977|
|Static display en Route between the Spirit of Aviation and 'Westhampnett Airfield', in Hangar 8, a mock-up of a wartime 'Buy a Spitfire' station|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-IRTY 'MJ271' 'Silver Spitfire'|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk FLIXb G-AVDJ MH415|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-BRSF 'RR232' 'City of Exeter': Boultbee Flight Academy|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIE G-PBIX 'The American Spitfire'|
Many aviation events have a 'wings and wheels' theme but Revival is a wheels and wings show beyond comparison.
Although our principal interest is aviation, even enthusiasts drawn to Goodwood for the wealth of pre-1966 aircraft on display and in the air, would become immersed, too, in the unparalleled number and variety of classic cars that are not just on static display but are thrashed mercilessly around the very same motor racing circuit that hosted eternal greats such as Sir Stirling Moss OBE in their heyday.
The Old Flying Machine Company's Mk IX Spitfire MH434 is a regular at Goodwood Revival, so visitors can almost guarantee to see it on the ground and in the air. But 2021 was a bumper year for warbirds at Revival: there were no fewer than nine Spitfires at various points around the extensive grounds.
Inside the circuit alongside the Lavant Straight, an area in previous years used only as a pedestrian access, there was a recreation of the wartime Westhampnett airfield with a host of military vehicles on show for the whole weekend, except for a while on Sunday when they took part in the Victory Parade. The 'airfield' hosted five Spitfires, including MH434, and Mk I Hurricane AE977.
Another four Spitfires were in or around Hangar 8, which had been converted for the event to represent a wartime 'Buy A Spitfire' promotion. These would have been relatively common around the country during wartime, as the government encouraged communities to invest £5,000 to buy a Spitfire to help the war effort.
There were even real Spitfires available for anyone who could afford rather more than the wartime cost. Three were on sale starting at a bargain basement £3M, rising to a more challenging £4.5M.
Jenson made his Revival debut this year, driving a Jaguar E-type in the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy on Friday and a blue AC Cobra in the RAC TT Celebration on Sunday.
In both of these 2-driver races his partner was Alex Buncombe.
In the Cobra on Sunday afternoon's TT final, Jenson had a tricky start but then overtook car after car in damp and slippery conditions, moving up to third position by the time he handed over to his partner. Unfortunately, an engine misfire about three-quarters of the way through the race forced a retirement of their Number 21 car and prevented Alex making any advance on that position.
Thirteen months after the end of the war in Europe, on 8th June 1946, a parade was held in the streets of London as part of the Victory Celebrations. That parade included representatives of all armed services and civilians.
On the Sunday of Goodwood Revival a Victory Parade commemorated the 75th anniversary of those London celebrations.
The parade was led by a marching band and a column of cadets, representatives of the emergency services and serving NHS staff, respecting the service given to the population by those services in the fight against Covid-19.
The marching column was followed by around 150 military vehicles of the period, from motor bikes to tanks, all of which were the types that took part in the war and in the original 1946 Victory Parade. Included in the parade, as well as military vehicles, were several fire engines, ambulances including an Austin 7, a Leyland Tower Wagon and commercial vehicles of the era.
The column paused at the grid where the Duke of Richmond gave an address. He acknowledged the part the vehicles and their original personnel played in the victory that ended WW2 and also the ongoing fight against the pandemic still being waged by many of the people marching in the parade.
Following the address, the vehicles continued their circuit of the track, returning to the Lavant Infield, where they were on static display all weekend.
Amongst the other famous drivers at Revival 2021 were
The Sunday of Revival is traditionally the day for the aircraft on display in the Freddie March 'Spirit of Aviation' Concours to be judged by a distinguished panel. This year the panel comprised seven judges, including Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian Skydiver. The judges spend a considerable time touring and inspecting each of the aircraft, learning about its history, considering any renovations, then collectively agreeing prize winners.
Felix Baumgartner is an Austrian aerial adventurer: skydiver, BASE jumper, helicopter pilot and extreme sports athlete. He is best known for his STRATOS jump in 2012: jumping out of a helium balloon from the stratosphere, over 24 miles (39,969.4 meters) above the earth, reaching the speed of sound during his descent, before landing in New Mexico.
Kate McWilliams, once an RAF Air Cadet, first flew solo when she was 16. She was a commercial airline pilot by the age of 21 and became the world's youngest ever female commercial Airline Captain in 2016 at just 26. Kate won 'Woman of the Year' in the IBM IX Everywoman in Travel Awards and became a Goodwood Aero Club Ambassador in 2019.
Air Marshall Sampson CBE DSO RAF is the UK Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa.
In 2021, the first prize was awarded for Laurie Gregoire, Shona Bowman and 0-1 Aviation's 1951 Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog; second was the Aircraft Restoration Company's 1941 Westland Lysander and third was John Heath's 1964 Mk 1 Westland Wasp XT435.
The Rob Wildeboer Cup, which celebrates the best restoration, was awarded to Andrew Collicott and Charlotte Dadswell for their 1946 Aeronca IIAC Chief.
Words and pictures David Titherly and Mark David
13th September - 15th September
At Revival 2019 you could see the hammer go down on a £1.5M Bugatti; watch an outdoor movie; shop 'til you drop; rock 'n' roll to really good bands; relax in the sun to soak in jazz or wartime ballads; enjoy an exhibition of minis; wonder at themed parades and watch as million-pound cars thrash around the circuit that was once Britain's primary race track. There are other Wings 'n Wheels shows but there is nothing to match Revival.
Our primary interest was in the aircraft and they didn't disappoint either. The schedule promised single warbirds at dawn each day and a duo at twilight on Saturday. In practice, a trio comprising Revival regular Spitfire MH434 and Mustangs 'Contrary Mary' and 'Miss Helen' welcomed in each day with a dawn patrol and bade farewell to departing guests at twilight on Saturday.
The Spirit of Aviation is named after Freddie March, later the ninth Duke of Richmond, the current Duke's grandfather, and a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. It recognises his own links to aviation and Goodwood's history as an operational WWII RAF fighter base, then known as Westhampnett, situated on the very airstrip from which airmen flew from July 1940 and throughout the rest of the war.
Throughout the three days, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation 'Concours d'Elegance' was the honey-pot enticing fans of pre-1966 aviation to some of the most fancied aircraft, many of which are privately owned and not normally seen by the public.
Unlike static aircraft parks or flightline walks at traditional airshows, there are no ropes to keep visitors back or to ruin photos. Polite notices ask the curious not to touch the aircraft but in practice many owners or their representatives are there and are very tolerant of the occasional stroke, encouraging admiration, comments or questions about their aircraft. The winning Douglas C41A was even open for inside visits over much of the weekend.
On Sunday morning judges tour each of the exhibits and talk to the owners or their representatives about the aircraft, selecting three for 'best in show' accolades.
Local hero Major Tim Peake GCMG, who was born in nearby Chichester, was one of the team who judged the aircraft in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation and, from a very strong field, selected Richard Martin's 1939 Douglas C41A for the winner's garland. Second place went to Michael Fowler's 1946 Luscombe Silvaire 8E and third was David Bremner's reproduction of his grandfather's 1914-type Bristol Scout.
The Brooklands Trophy is for pre-war Bentley Sports Cars and no fewer than 29 began the 2019 race, ranging in age from a 1922 Bentley 3-Litre to a slightly less aged brace of 1930 Bentley 4½ Litre machines.
2019 is the centenary year of Bentley, a brand that dominated the 24-hour Le Mans races in the pre-war era. Cars racing at Le Mans had to begin with their roofs up and the same rule was applied at Revival 2019.
Ben Collings in his 1925 Bentley Speed won an early roof-up lead but even before the roofs had been dispensed with during a compulsory pit-stop, it was Martin Overington in his 1930 Bentley 4.5-litre 'Blower' who took over at the front, a position he held to the finish line.
The prize for finishing at the front after 20 minutes of top-class racing is a winner's garland, a cigar and a congratulatory hug from the Duke of Richmond himself.
|Aircraft at Revival|
|A single Mustang was listed for Friday and Saturday dawn patrols; a single Spitfire for the Sunday dawn patrol and a Spitfire / Mustang duo for the dusk display on Saturday. In practice there was a bonus with a pair of Mustangs and Spitfire MH434.|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb G-ASJV MH434|
|P51 Mustang 'Miss Helen'|
|North American P-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'|
|Static in the Spirit of Aviation enclosure|
|1961 Aerospatiale Alouette II|
|1917-type Albatros DV.a. (listed but not displayed)|
|Avro C19 Anson|
|1966 Beech V35B Bonanza|
|1944 Beechcraft D-17S Staggerwing|
|1914-type Bristol Scout (Replica)|
|1916-type British Aircraft Factory BE2e (replica)|
|1949 Hispano HA-1112 Buchón G-AWHK 'Yellow 10' (ARC)|
|1939 Bücker 131B Jungmann|
|1940 Bücker Jungmeister|
|1928 de Havilland DH60 Gipsy Moth|
|1931 de Havilland DH80A Moth|
|1933 de Havilland Tiger Moth|
|1939 Douglas C41A|
|Douglas C-47 Skytrain '19345' 'Drag 'Em Oot'|
|1946 Fairchild Argus III|
|1936 Focke-Wulf FW44J Stieglitz|
|1940 Hawker Hurricane Mk X (listed but not displayed)|
|1951 Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (listed but not displayed)|
|1941 Klemm 35|
|1946 Luscombe Silvaire|
|1941 North American AT-6A|
|1950 Pilatus P-2/06|
|1943 Piper L4|
|1939 Slingsby Petrel (glider)|
|1939 Stinson HW-75|
|1948 Temco Swift|
The vehicles taking part in the D-Day parade joined the track at the Lavant Straight, close to a static exhibition that included a huge variety of vehicles and machinery, many of which were types that took part in the Normandy landings.
The massive parade thundered around the circuit, stopping at the grid where The Duke of Richmond addressed everyone gathered to admire around 90 historic vehicles and to acknowledge the part they and their original personnel played in the events around D-Day.
At the head of the parade were amphibians.
They were followed by a massive assortment of D-Day types, from a tank, to half-tracks, to field guns, to motorcycles and umpteen armoured and troop-carrying vehicles, complete with drivers and passengers in period costume.
Following the address, a four-inch naval gun, once belonging to HMS Devonshire, fired a salute that would surely have been heard all around the racetrack.
The best garden party in the world celebrated several anniversaries in 2018. The event itself, the Goodwood Revival, was 20 years old in 2018, having started as a rather more modest event in the autumn of 1998, 32 years after the closure of the racing circuit in 1966. The occasion was marked by a daily parade of vehicles that had won races, or featured in tributes, over those years.
Revival also marked the 70th anniversary of Silverstone with a look back at British transport over those years. The tribute featured an Austin taxi and even a real steam engine on railway track, along with buses and other vehicles in both a static display close to the entrance and a morning parade on the racetrack.
Themed pits have been a feature of Revival since 2012. This year the theme was the 70th anniversary of Silverstone.
|Flying each morning|
|Spitfire Mk IX 'MH434'|
|Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 'P3717'|
|Spitfire Mk V 'EP120'|
|Spitfire PR XI 'PL983'|
|Additionally, the following were on static display in the 'Freddie March Spirit of Aviation' near the runway|
Auster AOP 5 G-AKSY|
Avro Anson G-AHKT
Bristol Blenheim Mk 1 G-BPIV
de Havilland Chipmunk G-BWHI
de Havilland Chipmunk 22 G-BBMV
de Havilland 82A Tiger Moth G-ASPV
Hawker Hurricane Mk X AE977
Hawker Demon G-BTVE
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 P3886
Miles M38 Messenger 2A (Monty) G-AIEK
Miles Magister Hawk Trainer 3 G-AKAT
Miles Magister Hawk Trainer 3 G-AHUJ
North American P51D Mustang G-SHWN
North American T-6 Harvard G-TEXN
Percival Prentice G-APJB
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2e G-BEZE
Slingsby T21 WJ306
Slingsby T45 Swallow BGA 1331
Sopwith Camel B7270
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IA AR213
Supermarine Spitfire Mk V EP120
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX RR232
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXB MH434
Westland Lysander IIIA G-CCOM
|Aircraft in grey text were listed but were not on display|
The aviation anniversary celebrated 100 years since the formation of the RAF in April 1918. This was marked in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours which hosted some of the most significant aircraft from aviation's last century. The Concours was not over-populated, however, featuring a relatively modest number of aircraft, compared to the normal thirty-plus.
The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation winners:
1st: 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb MH434
20 years ago Ray Hanna flew this Supermarine Spitfire, Mk IXb MH434, down the opening straight of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The aircraft has been on display at every Goodwood Revival since.
2nd: 1939 Westland Lysander
The restoration of this 1939 Westland Lysander was only completed a few days before Goodwood Revival.
3rd: 1943 Bristol Blenheim
Winner of the 2018 Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d' elegance in 2017
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, GCB, ADC
Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper, KBE
Air Vice Marshal Andrew Turner, CBE
Pauline Vahey, Goodwood Aero Club Ambassador
Since the first Revival in 1998 there have always been flying displays. That first event featured a famous, perhaps infamous, display by the renowned pilot Ray Hana, who flew his Spitfire MH434 at very low level along the pit straight. Regulation has calmed the displays somewhat since then but has normally allowed early-afternoon circuits by high profile aircraft. In 2017 it featured a P-38 Lightning as well as wartime fighters. In 2016 the Blenheim, escorted by four wartime fighters made regular circuits of the showground. In 2015 the Vulcan was due to display (although it departed soon after arrival because of a suspected technical fault) and in 2014 both of the world's only surviving Lancasters, one from the BBMF and one from Canada, were aviation stars of the show.
By contrast, in 2018 the display was by four warbirds; three Spitfires and a Hurricane, with no bomber to escort. The organisers had also changed the times of the displays, so instead of the peak-time sorties, the fighter circuits were limited to breakfast slots each day and a dusk display on Saturday. The reason is that spectators have to be cleared from beneath the paths of the displays to satisfy safety requirements. This is time-consuming and unsettling for people who have set up their viewing spots around the race circuit and have to move, at least temporarily, whilst the displays are underway. Moving the air displays to times before and after the main racetrack motor displays avoid that disruption. Whilst understandable, it is disappointing that the main aviation feature takes place before many people have arrived.
The table lists the aircraft that flew in the breakfast sorties and those displayed in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours d'Elegance.
Rain is no deterrent when the show is this good
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.
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.
|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 was 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.|
The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation winners:
1st 1943 Bristol Blenheim, John Romain
2nd 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX, 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.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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.
Postcode for Sat Nav is PO18 0PX, but ignore it in favour of event signs when you get close.
There are links to other route planners in the Travel Advice section.
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.
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.
There are four Premier Inn hotels within 15 miles, the nearest of which is in Chichester.
Travelodge have five hotels within ten miles. The nearest is in Chichester, about two miles from the show location.
Click any of the blue names to go to the corresponding web site. The links already have the location built in, but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.
A full 7 day Goodwood weather forecast from the UK Met Office
The Met Office 7-day forecast includes actual and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.
The BBC's 14-day forecast has overall conditions including and hourly estimate of temperature, wind direction, wind speed and UV range.
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