Goodwood, the legendary track in the South Downs, was the scene of grand prix racing from the ’40s to the ’60s, when the owner, the Duke of Richmond & Gordon, ended competition. Goodwood was created from the circuit road for an RAF fighter base and so it lacks proper camber, making it very dangerous at high speeds. The track also lacks modern landmarks and curbing, which makes it a huge challenge to drive at speed. It is essentially unchanged since 1964, a great rarity in older tracks.
Goodwood is alive with legends. Located a thousand feet up, it gave Spitfires a slight advantage on reaching Luftwaffe formations. The legless ace, Wing Commander Douglas Bader, flew his last sortie from here and a life size statue stands next to the pilots club, glaring defiantly across the Channel.
All the great racers of the fifties drove here and Sir Stirling Moss ended his career here, crashing at St. Mary’s. In 1997, the Earl of March reopened the track with the hugely successful Goodwood Revival, which packs the course every September. He also created the Goodwood Road Racing Club. These pictures were taken at one of our track days, in 2006.
A wonderful day.