The Goodwood Revival
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.
Some of the most valuable and some of the most historic racing cars and bikes again graced 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.
|Due to fly|
|All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints|
The Goodwood Revival 2018
7th - 9th September 2018
Blenheim with fighter escort at Revival 2016
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, featuring an Austin taxi and even a real steam engine on a track amongst other salutes to the Hackney Carriage, buses and British Railways in a static display close to the entrance and a morning parade.
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.
|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|
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.
The Goodwood Revival will be on 13th - 15th September in 2019.
Themed pits have been a feature of Revival since 2012. This year the theme was the 70th anniversary of Silverstone.
Goodwood Revival 2017
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.
Yes, you really can get this close
Mustang 'Miss Helen'
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
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.
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.
Judges assess the Spirit of Aviation entries
Nigel Pickard in his Spartan 7W Executive
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.
|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. |
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.
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.
Expedia lists 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. They also give, and take, Nectar points.
Click the blue Expedia name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into the link but when the list comes up you do have to enter your dates and, if necessary, adjust the number of rooms and guests.
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
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.