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Goodwood Circuit is a historic venue for both 2- and 4-wheeled motorsport in the UK. Goodwood is based in the lands around Goodwood House where there is both a short-circuit track and a hill track. Goodwood is most famous for its annual Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival events.



Goodwood is situated close to the south coast of England, on the estate of Goodwood house and completely encircles Chichester/Goodwood Airport. The circuit began life as the perimeter track of RAF Westhampnett airfield which was constructed during the World War II as a relief airfield for RAF Tangmere.

The first race took place in September 1948 at which Stirling Moss won the 500cc class (later to become Formula 3), followed by Eric Brandon and "Curly" Dryden, all in Coopers.

Goodwood has, over the years, played host to many famous drivers - Mike Hawthorn and Graham Hill had their first single seat races there, Roger Penske visited in 1963 and Jim Clark and Jack Sears competed in 1964. The accident which ended the International career of Stirling Moss happened at St. Mary's corner. The circuit also claimed the life of McLaren founder Bruce McLaren in a testing accident in 1970

Goodwood race circuit became famous for its nine hour endurance races in the late fifties and early sixties, but these events ended along with other such events in 1966 when the circuit closed. The cars that raced in these events can be seen recreating (in shorter form) these endurance races at the Goodwood revival each year in the Sussex trophy and the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy (RAC TT).

Goodwood saw its last race meeting for over 30 years in 1966, because the owners did not want to modify the track with chicanes to control the increased speeds of modern racing cars. Following the success of the Festival of Speed hill climb, racing returned to the Goodwood circuit in 1998 and since then has remained the English home of historic motorsport. The track is now used for classic races, track days and try-out days.

Current events

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb held in late June or July featuring historic motor racing vehicles. The event used to attract crowds in excess of 100,000 spectators, but over the past decade, it has been declining and in 2008 saw just 82,000 people.

The Goodwood Revival is a 3-day festival held each September for the types of cars and motorcycles that would have competed during the circuit's original period - 1948-1966. There are also many historic aircraft which help to complete the whole feel of pre 1966. In 2008, a crowd of 68,000 people turned up to the event on the main Sunday, 9,000 more than in 2007.

In 2009 the Mongol Rally, a charity fundraising car rally to Mongolia, moved its starting point from Hyde Park, London to Goodwood. Entrants are on show to the public in the paddock before beginning the rally with a parade lap of the circuit.

Every year the final of the greenpower challenge takes place at goodwod. The greenpower challenge is an electric car challenge set for schools. There is also a corporate version of the race featuring teams like Lola, Land Rover and Pro Drive.


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Coordinates: 50°51′34″N 0°45′33″W / 50.85944°N 0.75917°W / 50.85944; -0.75917



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