The 2021 Goodwood Revival is actually not that far away. Sure right now we’re gearing up to the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and it’s just the beginning of what we hope will be a glorious British summer. But, before you know it, it’ll be time to don those outfits and head down to the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 23rd Revival.
While the one-off SpeedWeek meant that some of the event’s flagship races – like the TT and St. Mary’s Trophy – carried on in 2020, this will be the first time we’ve been back together for the Revival for two years, and as a result we’ve pulled out all the stops to make this Revival’s racing action some of the best ever.
What races are returning to the Revival?
The weekend is of course headlined by the traditional races, the RAC TT Celebration for GT cars, the St. Mary’s Trophy for touring cars, the Glover Trophy for F1 action and the glorious Sussex Trophy’s beautiful sportscars. The Whitsun Trophy for unlimited sportscars, Richmond Trophy for front-engined F1 cars and Brooklands Trophy for 1920s and ‘30s sportscars all return as well.
Are any Revival races changing for 2021?
Before we detail every single race, we’ll just set out some of the significant changes for ’21. Firstly, the Goodwood Trophy becomes the “Festival of Britain Trophy” for this year, but still features the same mix of pre- and post-war Grand Prix machines. The Freddie March Memorial Trophy will bring the event to an end with its sportscars of the 1950s on Sunday evening and the St. Mary’s Trophy will be a competition for saloon cars of the 1950s, with the 1960s cars having taken centre stage at SpeedWeek.
The Kinrara Trophy is back, but with a new name. The most valuable race in the world was renamed in honour of Mr Motor Sport himself for SpeedWeek in 2020, and will retain the new Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy name for 2021. The 2021 Chichester Cup will feature only front-engined Formula Junior cars.
Are there any new races at Revival 2021?
The John Whitmore Trophy will celebrate the mighty Mini Cooper with a, quite possibly bonkers, 45-minute, two-driver race, which we full expect to be absolutely spectacular. Indeed if the Betty Richmond Trophy of 77MM was anything to go by, there could be some fireworks. So, without further ado, here’s every race you can see at the 2021 Goodwood Revival.
Friday 17th September
Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy (60 mins – two drivers)
Formerly the Kinrara Trophy. Named in honour of ‘Mr Goodwood’ following his passing in 2020, this race features one of the most beautiful grids of the weekend as a field of Jaguar E-types and Ferrari 250 SWBs do battle with the likes of Aston Martin DB4GTs, AC Cobras and a host of early-60s GT racers.
Saturday 18th September
Festival of Britain Trophy (25 mins)
Renamed from the Goodwood Trophy for 2021 to celebrate 70 years since the original Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank, this grid will feature some of the finest Grand Prix and Voiturette cars of the 1930s and ‘40s, recapturing the derring-do atmosphere of inter-war racing as ERAs do battle once more with Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Talbots and the like.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins – two riders)
Once again this will be for Grand Prix motorcycles of the 1960s. Previous races have seen tremendous battles between the iconic British Manx Norton and the Italians of MV Agusta. A key element of this race is the two-rider format with VIPs invited to compete alongside a professional…
St. Mary’s Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins)
One of the highlight races of the weekend, the St. Mary’s Trophy will see saloon cars of the 1950s do battle, harking back to the earliest day of the British Saloon Car Championship.
Saturday’s race sees some of the biggest names in international motorsport compete in part one, while the cars’ owners take their turn on Sunday, with an aggregate result.
Whitsun Trophy (25 mins)
The Whitsun Trophy is the fastest and loudest race of the weekend and, for the 20th time at Revival, will feature some of the most spectacular action as Lola T70 Spyders take on Ford GT40s, McLaren M1s and a host of sports prototypes that raced up to 1966.
John Whitmore Trophy (45 mins – two drivers)
This one-off race for 2021 will celebrate 60 years of the Mini Cooper by pitting 30 of the diminutive saloons up against each other in a two-driver, 45-minute challenge. Following the success of the all-Mini St. Mary’s Trophy in 2009, and the Betty Richmond Trophy at the 77th Members’ Meeting, this is sure to be one of the closest and most exciting races of the weekend.
Sussex Trophy (25 mins)
Possibly the most glamorous race of the weekend, the Sussex Trophy is run on Saturday afternoon for World Championship sportscars and production sports racing cars of the late 1950s. The race is a glorious reminder of the early Tourist Trophy competitions at Goodwood, when Jaguar D-types, Listers, Ferraris and Coopers would do battle.
Sunday 19th September
Chichester Cup (20 mins)
This year’s Chichester Cup is for front-engined Formula Juniors. Featuring one of the widest line-ups of manufacturers on any Revival grid, the Chichester Cup will open up Sunday’s racing action with what is sure to be an exciting and close encounter.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, Part 2 (25 mins – two riders)
The second round of two-wheeled action sees Sunday’s riders look to consolidate the advantage gained by the previous day’s competition. The unique Le Mans start in which riders sprint across the grid to jump aboard their waiting machines is always a highlight of this race.
Richmond Trophy (25 mins)
Exclusively for front-engined Grand Prix cars that raced up to 1960, this race celebrates modern day Grand Prix racing’s forefathers, as Maserati 250Fs and Ferrari 246s once again take on the likes of the Lotus 16, BRM Type 25 and more from Grand Prix racing’s post-war period.
Brooklands Trophy (25 mins – two drivers)
Named in honour of Britain’s first purpose-built motor racing venue and Goodwood’s spiritual forebear, this race will feature some of the finest examples of sports cars from the roaring ‘20s and the ‘30s, evoking memories of those great races from Brooklands and Le Mans.
Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration (60 mins – two drivers)
The blue riband race of the Revival – a one-hour, two-driver race featuring some of the biggest names from the world of motorsport. The RAC TT Celebration race has become one of the most prestigious in all of historic motorsport, with a grid of the finest closed-cockpit GT cars going head-to-head on Sunday afternoon for top honours.
St. Mary’s Trophy, Part 2 (25 mins)
Always a thrilling encounter, the second part of the St. Mary’s Trophy sees the owners of the 1950s saloon cars take their turn behind the wheel, pushing their cars to the limit in search of an aggregate victory.
Glover Trophy (25 mins)
First held in 1949, this race for 1.5-litre Grand Prix machinery of 1961 to 1965, will see the swinging sixties style of Grand Prix racing brought back to Goodwood once again as the very best offerings from Lotus, BRM, Ferrari and the like fight for victory in the 40th running of the Glover Trophy.
Freddie March Memorial Trophy (25 mins)
As the sun sets on a wonderful weekend of racing, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy pays homage to the Nine Hour races that graced Goodwood in 1952, ‘53 and ‘55. This endurance-racing retrospective features a beautiful grid with the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Maserati, ensuring that spectators leave the Revival on Sunday evening with smiles on their faces.