The origins of the Goodwood track derive from an ex-military airfield. The West Sussex-based Goodwood Motor Circuit originally opened its gates to the public on September 1948 to host Britain's very first post-war motor race meeting at a permanent venue. Twelve years earlier, Goodwood's very first motor sport event was staged when a hill climb meeting was held for a small group of pre-war Lancia enthusiasts, hosted by the 9th Duke of Richmond, Freddie March. The 1948 opening of the circuit was met with a rapturous response as the British public had been deprived of motor racing since Brooklands closed its doors in 1939 as a result of the Second World War. The huge demand for wheel-to-wheel competition saw 85 drivers and over 15,00 spectators turning up to Goodwood on 18 September 1948 to support the UK's first professionally-organised post-war motor racing event. In August 1966, after 18 years of memorable competition, Goodwood closed its gates to contemporary motor racing, although the circuit remained in continuous use as a testing and track day venue. It was the end of a chapter in Goodwood history, but not the end of the story. During the Goodwood Motor Circuit's glorious first era, between 1948 and 1966, the circuit's bread-and-butter events were the British Automobile Racing Club-organised Members' meetings, 71 of which took place in period. They were modest club affairs in which enthusiastic hordes of mostly amateur racers could exercise a wide variety of steeds around one of Britain's fastest venues. Adding a high-profile feel to Goodwood among those Members' Meeting thrashes in period were a selection of international events, including non-championship Formula 1 races - for the Richmond, Goodwood and Glover Trophies, the Lavant Cup and the News of The World and Sunday Mirror Trophies - and sportscar enduros comprising seven RAC Tourist Trophies (two of which were World Sportscar Championship qualifiers) and three nine-hour races that ran from 3pm to midnight, with a Le Mans-style start in which drivers ran to their waiting cars. The nine-hour was organised in 1952, '53 and '55 into a 90-minute, two-driver race under an early-evening sundown. In their heyday, each of the nine-hour battles was won by Aston Martin, the British firm's 3-litre, straight-six-engined DB3 scooping the prize in 1952, the lighter DB3S model cleaning up in '53 and '55. Thanks to the Goodwood Revival's wonderful retrospective-style races that so many memories from those period classics have been - and continue to be - evoked.




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CARS (20)

1924 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio

  • Coachbuilder: Riva
  • Chassis n°: TF11
  • Engine n°: 110RS

Private collection

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia Spyder

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Touring
  • Chassis n°: 815001
  • Engine n°: 925041

Private collection

1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupé Mille Miglia

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale & C.
  • Chassis n°: *00 1C MM*
  • Engine n°: 009MM

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1947 Bristol 400

  • Coachbuilder: Pinin Farina
  • Chassis n°: 400/181
  • Engine n°: 400/85C/1971

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1950 Panhard Autocorse Gilco 750 Sport Spider

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Colli
  • Chassis n°: 306529
  • Engine n°: 385861746

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1952 Jaguar C-type

  • Coachbuilder: Jaguar
  • Chassis n°: XKC 008
  • Engine n°: 7B1192-8

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1952 Fiat 8V

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzerie Speciali Fiat
  • Chassis n°: 106*000015*
  • Engine n°: 000039

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1952 Lancia Aurelia 2000 Coupé

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale & C.
  • Chassis n°: B52-1072
  • Engine n°: B21-4496

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1953 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 5

  • Coachbuilder: Bertone
  • Chassis n°: 01396
  • Engine n°: no number

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1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva

  • Coachbuilder: Bertone
  • Chassis n°: AR1900S-00003
  • Engine n°: 13160003


1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

  • Coachbuilder: Bertone
  • Chassis n°: AR1495*0004
  • Engine n°: 131540182

Corrado Lopresto (IT)

1955 Fiat 8V ZAGATO

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Chassis n°: 106*000062*
  • Engine n°: 104000113

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1955 MG MGA

  • Coachbuilder: MG
  • Chassis n°: 10708
  • Engine n°: 18SGUH530

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1956 Panhard Monopole X86

  • Coachbuilder: Monopole
  • Chassis n°: 857976
  • Engine n°: 2555553

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1958 Maserati TIPO 420/M/58 Eldorado

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Fantuzzi
  • Chassis n°: 4203
  • Engine n°: TBD


1962 Ferrari 250 GT/E Polizia

  • Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
  • Chassis n°: 3999
  • Engine n°: 3999

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1962 Maserati 5000 GT

  • Coachbuilder: Allemano
  • Chassis n°: AM103026
  • Engine n°: AM103026

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1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

  • Coachbuilder: Bertone
  • Chassis n°: TBD
  • Engine n°: TBD


1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2

  • Coachbuilder: Autodelta
  • Chassis n°: 75033014
  • Engine n°: 0028

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1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo

  • Coachbuilder: Bertone
  • Chassis n°: 1053375033109
  • Engine n°: TBD