Racing under the stars at Goodwood


The Goodwood Revival – taking place from 19-21 September – will celebrate two key events in 2008, with the 60th anniversary of motor racing at the famous Goodwood motor circuit and the 10th anniversary of the Revival meeting itself.

To help mark these special celebrations, Goodwood will stage arguably the most distinctive race in West Sussex motor circuit’s history – and also recreate one of the Revival’s most memorable tribute races – the Freddie March Memorial Trophy.  In this anniversary year, this race will become a 90-minute endurance chase for only the second time, extending into the dusk on the evening of Saturday 20 September.  The race will feature cars in the spirit of the original Goodwood Nine Hour event, including Jaguar C-type, Aston Martin DB3S, Frazer Nash, Cooper-Jaguar, Ferrari 750 Monza, HWM and Lagonda.

The only previous time that the race has run to this format was in 2002, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Nine Hour International sports car race at Goodwood in 1952.  Special permission was granted to extend the racing longer into the 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 the 1950s.  It remains one of the most unforgettable races at the Revival to date, and the 2008 recreation promises to be equally enthralling.

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 Goodwood 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.

A handful of motor racing stars are expected to compete in this two-driver race, including the legendary Sir Stirling Moss, who took his first ever motor racing victory at Goodwood 60 years ago, as well as multiple Le Mans 24 Hour winner Derek Bell, Formula One winner Jochen Mass and versatile racer Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams.

Says Goodwood Revival founder Lord March: “I am really excited by the prospect of staging this race again, which will bring the concept of the Nine Hour race back to life in a most dramatic fashion.  Ever since 2002, it has been an ambition of mine to see racing of this sort return to Goodwood.  The cars will look magnificent, racing against the backdrop of an autumnal West Sussex sunset, maybe with the odd star twinkling above.”

The Freddie March Memorial Trophy will be just one of 12 races to be run at the 2008 Goodwood Revival, with others including the popular one hour, two driver Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race for closed-cockpit GT cars in the spirit of the 1960-1964 RAC TT races, as well as the perennially popular St Mary’s Trophy for production saloon cars of a type that raced between 1948 and 1959.  Other races will cater for sports cars, motorcycles and single seater racing cars, of a type that competed at Goodwood from 1948 to 1966.

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