Honda will take centre stage at next month’s Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, as the Japanese manufacturer celebrates 60 years of TT triumphs.
A selection of models will tell the tale of Honda’s two-wheeled racing heritage, from its premier TT entry in 1959, to the present day MotoGP machines – namely the RC213V on which Marc Marquez won the World Championship last year.
Legendary Honda champions will pilot these priceless motorcycles up the hill, including 1999 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan and two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner, who rode a Repsol Honda to victory in 2011.
The 2019 Festival of Speed will feature the theme of ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers’, and as such will feature a host of extraordinary bikes, from 1920s Brooklands challengers, to more recent record breakers. Fittingly, the most successful rider in Grand Prix history, Giacomo Agostini, will once again ride an MV Agusta up the hill.
The 2019 Goodwood Revival is approaching sooner thank you think. With the 77th Meeting just a memory it’s time to look towards the future of our barnstorming season closing event in September, with a full list of every upcoming racing you can anticipate to see.
Saturday 14th September
Fordwater Trophy (25 mins)
The Fordwater Trophy returns, this time in the form of a race for sports and GT cars from the early 1960s. This will see cars such as Porsche 911s, Ferrari 275 GTBs, Lotus Elites and TVR Granturas going toe-to-toe on the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins – two riders)
The first of a pair of two-rider races for motorcycles of a type that raced between 1960 and 1966, whose indecent pace belies their age, takes place on Saturday. With a Le Mans-style start, in which riders run across the track to their waiting steeds, and a compulsory pit stop, the pro/am event is as frenetic as it is fabulous. And they go again on Sunday!
Goodwood Trophy (25 mins)
A Revival regular, the Goodwood Trophy turns back the clock nearly 90 years as Grand Prix & Voiturette cars from 1930-‘51 prepare to slide their way around Goodwood’s curves and contours. Recent years have been dominated by ERAs, but the Italian stallions of Alfa and Maserati will be chomping at their heels to take honours.
St Mary’s Trophy, Part 1 (25 mins)
Another double-header, with a pro/am driver line-up in saloon cars of a type that raced up to 1959, the St Mary’s Trophy is many visitors’ favourite event. Superstar racers – retired and current – from across the globe go head to head on Saturday, desperate to give a good account of themselves in ’50s saloons before handing the baton to the cars’ owners for Sunday’s sequel.
Glover Trophy (25 mins)
Sleek rear-engined Grand Prix cars of a type that raced from 1961 to ‘65 take centre stage for the Glover Trophy. Since 2010, the race has been dominated by Lotus machinery, but machines from Brabham, BRM, Cooper and Ferrari will be amongst the challengers looking to buck the trend and take the victory lap at the end of the race.
Sussex Trophy (25 mins)
Now firmly established as the curtain-closer to the Revival, the Sussex Trophy, features sportscars and production sports-racing cars of a type that raced between 1955 and ‘60. It features Jaguar D-types, Costin & Knobbly-bodied Listers alongside Coopers, Ferraris and Maseratis, the Sussex Trophy.
Sunday 15th September
Earl of March Trophy (20 mins)
Guarteneed to be an absolutely storming way to start Sunday at Revival. This race for 500cc Formula 3 cars from the 1950s always provides incredible action. Members of the ‘500 Club’ in cars which barely seem like cars at all duke it out from start to finish. These tiny 500cc-engined F3 cars launched the careers of the likes of Stirling Moss back in the heyday of the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Richmond & Gordon Trophies (25 mins)
Running for two-and-a-half-litre Grand Prix cars of a type that raced between 1954 and ’60, the Richmond and Gordon Trophies celebrate one of the most beautiful eras of Grand Prix history. With examples from Maserati, Ferrari and BRM all expected to be present, memories of Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn’s Goodwood wins will be at the front of many a spectator’s mind.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy Part 2 (25 mins – two riders)
Bike racing fans get a second instalment of two-wheeled combat on Sunday when the leather-clad legends take to the circuit for the deciding part of the aggregate event named after Britain’s great double World Champion Barry Sheene. Can Saturday’s stars hold on to their advantage, or will problems intervene for the Manx Norton and Matchless G50 pairings?
Brooklands Trophy (25 mins)
A race to celebrate 100 years of the Crewe manufacturer. Expect to see stunning pre-war Bentleys of all kinds sliding through St Mary’s as they duke it out as if it was Le Mans in the 1920s.
Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration (60 mins – two-driver)
The jewel in the crown of the Revival, the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration has been a firm fan favourite since the very first Revival in 1998. Open to closed-cockpit GT cars in the spirit of the RAC TT races from 1960 to ‘64, this hour-long pro/am feast has seen some of the greatest displays of driving ever to grace a racing track.
St Mary’s Trophy, Part 2 (25 mins)
The owners of the 1950s saloon cars pick up the pieces on Sunday after the pro racers’ shenanigans the day before. Many of them, regulars in the cars in historic events, are a match for their esteemed team-mates and the battles all the way down the field are no less fierce and it’s usually all to play for on aggregate.
Whitsun Trophy (25 mins)
Brutish unlimited sports cars from before 1966 go head-to-head in the fastest race of the weekend. Ford GT40s, Lola T70 Spyders, Lotus 30s and McLaren M1Bs provide a spectacular soundtrack while the racing on track gives spectators a visual treat to match. Chris Ward put in a masterful display of car control in 2017, beating Nick Padmore home after a thrilling GT40 duel.
Freddie March Memorial Trophy (25 mins)
With stunning examples of Aston Martins, Ferraris, Jaguars and Maseratis driving into the sunset, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy harks back to the Goodwood Nine Hour races of 1952, ‘53 and ’55. This endurance-racing retrospective provides a fantastic conclusion to the first full day of racing. In 2016, this race was decided by just three-tenths of a second as Richard Woolmer’s HWM-Cadillac narrowly got the better of Rob Hall in an Aston Martin DB3.
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