Goodwood Revival 2022: The cars you can expect to see on track
The U.K.’s popular Goodwood Revival weekend of historic racing has announced a list of 13 classes, split into 15 races, for its 2022 event, which is scheduled for September 16 through 18. And that doesn’t include one of Goodwood’s more anticipated competitions: the kids’ Settrington Cup pedal-car race.
Welcoming a wide range of automobiles and motorcycles, the Revival is held each September at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester, England. The Circuit was an active racing venue from 1948 until its closing in 1966, when it was deemed too dangerous for modern race cars. Although the 2.367-mile track hosted premier racing for only 19 seasons, it witnessed some incredible motorsport showdowns and attracted the biggest names of the era.
Today, the Revival is considered the most authentic historic motorsport event in the world. Why? When Goodwood reopened for competition in 1998, track staff celebrated the circuit’s history by wearing period-appropriate clothing. Before long, the idea caught on with fans too, and today you’ll stand out—and not in a good way—if you attend wearing anything but clothing that looks like it came out of a 1948–66 catalog. It’s like going back in time.
According to a press release from the Goodwood Revival, racing classes for 2022 include:
Freddie March Memorial Trophy
For sports cars from the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy has been a mainstay of the Goodwood Revival for many years with its mixture of stunning sports cars from the days of the Goodwood Nine Hours. This year it moves to take up a position as the first race of the weekend, returning to the format it took in 2015 as a two-driver race into the sunset on Friday.
Cars you can expect to see: Jaguar C-Type, Aston Martin DB3S, and Allard J2X
For 1948–55 sports cars with engines under 2.0 liters, the Madgwick Cup is named after arguably the most difficult corner to execute correctly on the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Since the competition involves smaller cars, conservation of momentum will be key, so fans will enjoy watching four-wheel drifts galore.
Cars you can expect to see: Lotus XI, Osca MT-4, and Maserati A6GCS
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
The Revival’s traditional test for two-wheel racers, this year’s race is open to Grand Prix motorbikes from the 1950s. It is named for Barry Sheene, who won the race (then called the Lennox Cup) in 2002 before dying of cancer the following year.
Motorcycles you can expect to see: Norton, Triumph, BSA, and other makes will do battle in a pair of races featuring riders from the world of MotoGP, British Superbikes, and the Isle of Man TT
For Grand Prix and Voiturette cars from either side of WWII, the race was called the Festival of Britain Trophy in 2021 to commemorate 70 years since a race of the same name took place at Goodwood. Returning to its usual moniker this year, the Revival’s oldest race will again see the cars that raced at Goodwood when the Circuit first opened.
Cars you can expect to see: ERAs, Maserati 6CMs, Alfa Romeo P3s, and more
For 1.5-liter Grand Prix cars from 1961–65, the Revival’s most “up-to-date” F1 race is one of the most anticipated tests of the historic motorsport season. With power at a premium, these small-tire racers will put on a spectacular show.
Cars you can expect to see: Legends like Jim Clark’s Lotus 25, the V12 Ferrari 1512, and BRM’s P261
Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy
A relatively new race to the Revival, having joined the lineup in 2016 (as the Kinrara Trophy), the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy is a battle of beautiful pre-1963 GT cars. Although it will no longer be the first race of the weekend, it will be no less exciting, as these race cars are both the most beautiful and valuable cars in the world.
Cars you can expect to see: Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari 250 SWB, and Aston Martin DB4 GT
Formula Junior was the series that started the careers of many a racer who would go on to become a legend. The Chichester Cup, open to rear-engine drum-braked Formula Junior cars, the Revival’s daintiest single-seater race is often quite a hotly contested affair. The cars are close to those that raced in contemporary top-level Grand Prix racing at the time, with manufacturers competing in both.
Cars you can expect to see: Lotus-Ford 18, BMC Mk3, and Cooper T52
St. Mary’s Trophy
The St. Mary’s Trophy is one of the showpiece races of every Revival, and it now switches to production-based saloons from 1960 to ’66. It is split into two races, with VIP drivers from the world of the BTCC, Sportscars, and even F1 taking the wheel for the first race before the owners of the cars attempt to bring home an aggregate victory in race No. 2.
Cars you can expect to see: Lotus Cortina, Mini, and Alfa Romeo GTA
For sports prototypes from 1960 through ’66, the Whitsun Trophy is the fastest race of the Goodwood Revival weekend and features Can-Am cars and big-engine racers from the end of Goodwood’s active era.
Cars you can expect to see: Ford GT40, Lola T70, McLaren M1A, and M1B
The Lavant Cup has taken many formats of the years, from all-Ferrari battles to a fiesta of Ford GT40s, but for 2022 it is the time of that most popular of classic cars to take center stage: the MG B. Partly inspired by a brilliant battle in the 78th Members’ Meeting presented by Audrain Motorsport’s Ronnie Hoare Trophy, the Lavant Cup will see a grid of 30 or so cars in a state of near-constant drift. Expect some seriously close racing.
Cars you can expect to see: MG B
Richmond & Gordon Trophies
Open to 2.5-liter Grand Prix cars from 1952 through ’60, when front- and rear-engine cars shared the grid as Cooper’s backward innovation began to change the face of single-seater racing forever. Cooper rivals included Ferrari, Maserati, and Lotus, all of which persevered with front-engine designs before eventually succumbing to the changing world.
Cars you can expect to see: Maserati 250F, Cooper T51, Lotus 16, and Scarab
RAC TT Celebration
For closed-cockpit GT and prototypes from 1960–64, the RAC TT Celebration is possibly the biggest race in the world of historic motorsport and is the one that raises the heartrate at Goodwood like none other. Evoking the days when the famous Royal Automobile Club TT was held here at Goodwood, the two-driver race attracts some of the world’s greatest current and former racing drivers. Recent winners have included André Lotterrer, Darren Turner, and Gordon Shedden.
Cars you can expect to see: Jaguar E-Type, AC Cobra, Porsche 904, and TVR
Open to World Championship sports cars from 1955 through ’60, the Sussex Trophy rivals the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy for the title of prettiest race of the weekend and, appropriately, may be the perfect curtain closer on a brilliant three days of motorsport.
Cars you can expect to see: Ferrari 246S Dino, Jaguar D-Type, Lotus 15, and Lister Knobbly
The Goodwood Revival promises to be entertaining no matter which day you attend, but if you have the money and the time, take in the entire weekend. Just don’t forget to pack your period-correct clothing. Tickets start at £64 ($84) per day, with a three-day pass selling for £205 ($268).