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Published 11 May 2012

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Freddie March Memorial Trophy ‘Night Race’ Returns to the 2012 Goodwood Revival

To mark the 60th anniversary of the first Goodwood Nine Hours race, this year’s Freddie March Memorial Trophy will be a 90-minute, two-driver race into the twilight, for cars of a type that contested the legendary race from 1952 until the 1955.  This race will feature a fabulous collection of classic 1950s sports-racing cars in the spirit of the Goodwood Nine Hours races, such as the Jaguar C-type, Aston Martin DB3 and DB3S, Austin-Healey 100S, Ferrari 750 Monza, Allard and HWM.

The Nine Hours race was arguably the most distinctive race in Goodwood’s history.  To recreate one of the Revival’s most memorable tribute races, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy will run to a 90-minute endurance race format for only the second time since 2008, extending into the dusk on Friday evening (14 September). 

Special permission has been granted to extend the racing longer into the Friday evening than normal, bringing back to Goodwood the magical sight of 1950s sports cars racing in the autumnal twilight with headlamps ablaze, just as they did in period.  It promises to remain one of the most unforgettable races at the Revival to date.

The original Nine Hour International sports car race at Goodwood attracted the top works teams of the day, such as Jaguar and Aston Martin, plus some exotic entries from Italy and Germany.  The race began at 3pm and continued to midnight, creating the evocative spectacle of sports cars racing from sunshine to sunset to moonlight, just as at the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hour race. 

Along with the Easter Monday Formula 1 race, the Nine Hour race was Goodwood's flagship event of the season, establishing the motor circuit as an International sports car venue and giving rise to the equally famous Goodwood Tourist Trophy when the nine-hour format changed to a shorter three-hour race.

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