The 9th Duke of Richmond, known as Freddie March, was a renowned amateur racer. Having won the Brooklands Double 12 in 1930 he went on to design both March sports car bodies and aircraft in his capacity as an engineer.
When the 9th Duke was approached by his friend Squadron Leader Tony Gaze, who suggested using the perimeter road that bordered the Aerodrome as a motor racing circuit, he seized upon the idea. The 9th Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon thus officially opened the track in 1948 by driving around the circuit in a Bristol 400, then Britain's state-of-the-art sporting saloon.
50 years later
On 18 September 1998, exactly 50 years to the day since the Goodwood circuit first opened, the 9th Duke's grandson, the present Earl of March, re-enacted the opening of the track at the very first Goodwood Revival meeting in the same Bristol 400 that his grandfather had used half a century earlier on the same track, untouched by the modern world.
Prior to the first Revival meeting in 1998, the circuit was painstakingly restored to look exactly as it did in its heyday, down to the very last detail.
So was created the Goodwood Revival, which in the subsequent years has established itself as the world's most popular historic motor race meeting, and the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the Fifties and Sixties.
Over the last decade the Revival has entertained the huge number of racing enthusiasts with some exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing at the classic circuit.
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Festival of Speed
Goodwood's other famous motor sport event, the Festival of Speed, was established in 1993 and has gone on to become the world's largest celebration of motoring culture.
Staged in summer in the grounds of Goodwood Park, the Festival attracts the best drivers and vehicles on the planet, including most of the current Formula 1 teams, plus Le Mans winners, racing motorcycles, supercars, and much more besides.
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