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“classic cars in a classic setting”

Goodwood Motor Circuit
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

It's been an ambition of mine to lap Goodwood in an E-type Jaguar and yesterday I was able to enjoy that along with driving a Lotus Cortina and a beautiful Aston Martin DB4.
Driving the well balanced Lotus first gave a novice like me a chance to become somewhat familiar with the track and the instructor was helpful in building your confidence in driving the track. The track is well laid out with braking points and apex's marked by cones which is really helpful.
Don't expect to take this cars around the track like you're racing in the Revival meeting, the Aston is red-lined at 4500 which you can pull in top down the Lavant straight but that is understandable considering the value and rarity of these vehicles.
The instructors also vary in how much freedom they give you, the one I had in the E-type was particularly reluctant to allow you find your own line and took charge of the braking and steering quite frequently which was frustrating.
Worth mentioning what a classic setting the Goodwood track is set in and together with these iconic cars it adds up to a memorable experience.

1  Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

We use to book flights and hotels one year in advance in order to come at the Goodwood Revival , the Festival of Speed and now at the72nd Member’s Meeting.
Lord March knows how to make an event something to remember and to wait for the next one. We often go to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Como, the Millemiglia in Brescia, the Le Mans Cirquit and we enjoy racing our classic and vintage cars but Goodwood is something different.
You can wear your vintage fit, smart dresses and strange hats . You feel the atmosphere of the days gone by hearing swing music and relaxing at a champagne party.
You can see how a mechanic can change a water pump in the paddocks in nine minutes or ask Sir Stirling Moss to sign your book.
We saw 25 incredible 1920’ Bugatti racing on the circuit and only one hour later 25 Formula1 doing the same giving us a rainbow of emotions.
Goodwood is a dream come true, book in advance to be part of it.

Thank Alex H
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Great first attempt at a new event with fantastic racing but some infrastructure issues needed sorting (sorry no bitter) and food too expensive (£3 for chips). F1 and Group B were nice ideas but didn't really come off as they could not demonstrate their full potential. If they sort out the issues and have the same quality of racing, then it could become a top 2 event in the Motorsport calendar. PS also very lucky with the weather, could have been a mud fest

Thank Pat B
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We have just returned from a weekend of motor racing which formed the 72nd Members' Meeting (GRRC), inspired by our many previous visits to the Goodwood Revival, held annually in September.

The quality of everything at Goodwood is remarkable - such a huge amount of effort is put into an interesting, entertaining, stimulating, safe and above all fun day out. I am far from a 'petrol-head', rather married to one, but it is difficult not to be wowed by the cars, commentary and standard of driving and racing. Unlike most race circuits, here you can be up close to the track and wander before and after races past the entrants and their vehicles. Surrounded by knowledgeable and enthusiastic spectators, the resultant atmosphere is fantastic.

The circuit encompasses a WW2 airfield, still used for private/club planes and on event days special air displays are staged - here we have seen, for modern times, a record number of Spitfires in the sky at once, enveloping spectators with the throbbing sound of their Merlin engines. A walk around the track (which, one year, I somehow managed in 4" heels) provides an amazing perspective of the whole of the circuit and the Sussex Downs beyond.

The Goodwood team understand that not everyone wants to drool over cars for the whole day and so make a huge effort to provide for friends and (usually) ladies who are not complete enthusiasts, plus children and oldies. For public/ticketed events, they specialise in creating superb and innovative motor-related theatrical delights - we have even seen a 'Tour de France' re-creation of cyclists completing their lap, some complete with garlands of onions. There is lots of well-presented information to gain an amateur's insight, displays and exhibits, roving performers, rides, big screens, shopping, good food and drink (champers as well as beer), chill-out zones .... yes and there are plenty of loos, and not just for men.

The Revival is a massive and extraordinary pageant involving spectators dressing up to watch cars no older than 1966. Even the car park at this event is a mouth-watering exhibition in its own right. The race card is over three days and is hugely entertaining - the two-part St Mary's Trophy where plucky Minis race against gigantic Ford Galaxies being my favourite.
The recent GRRC Members' Meeting at the end of March was/is for members and their guests and possibly the best specialist event (and Saturday night party) I have ever been to.

Thank SCM_Tearle
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

A very good 2 days racing, nearly everywhere was open to the public which made it so much better. However the price of food is getting very expensive and the queues were really terrible, they had run of of beer at 6pm on the first day in the Great Hall. The display of member's cars in the car park was very good with a large cross section of interesting and valuable cars. Overall a great weekend

Thank AstirGrob
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