Two-Wheeled Thrills at the 2012 Goodwood Revival
Motorcycles have always played an important role at the annual Goodwood Revival, and this year’s event (14-16 September) is no exception, with the prospect of some exceptional two-wheeled action, both on and off track.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy race - in the spirit of the original Goodwood Saturday motorcycle meeting – will be a hard fought battle with some ace rider pairings, all on highly competitive machinery. As in previous years, the race it will continue as a two-part, two-rider challenge, with one race on Saturday and another on Sunday; the result decided by aggregate timing.
For 2012 the Memorial race features motorcycles from the 1950s. These include iconic names, including BSA, MV Agusta, Matchless, Norton, Gilera, BMW and Velocette.
Riders in action at the 2012 Revival
Top riders in action on these sports bikes from a bygone era include Goodwood regulars Wayne Gardner, Jeremy McWilliams, Cameron Donald, James Haydon, Andrew Pitt, Michael Rutter and Keith Amor, with Revival first-timers Troy Corser, Nick Jeffries, Rex Butcher, Mike ‘Spike’ Edwards, Howie Mainwaring and Glen Richard also due to compete.
Each owner-rider is paired up with a professional racer, and both will ride in each race, changing over in the pits around half distance. The Le Mans-style running start will also be a feature which is certain to cause drama and excitement once again, for both spectators and competitors alike.
Away from the smooth Goodwood track, loud and dirty two-wheelers are also in action on the dedicated Revival scrambler course. Following the huge success of a group of British Motocross riders and ex-Champions making their debut at last year’s Revival, many of these of-road motorcycles and riders have returned to Goodwood by public demand.