Goodwood, Westhampnett, West Sussex, UK

Goodwood, Westhampnett, West Sussex, UK

Goodwood tragically claimed the life of Bruce McLaren in 1970


One of the few tracks in the world with a true aristocratic heritage, the Goodwood Estate in Westhampnett, West Sussex, had once been the fourth largest estate in Britain owned by Frederick Charles Gordon Lennox, 9th Duke of Richmond, 4th Duke of Gordon, Duke of Lennox, Earl of March, Baron Methuen, Earl of Kinrara (or just ‘Freddie’ to his friends). He handed over part of this estate in 1940 for a wartime airfield for Spitfires and Hurricanes, and with its perimeter track, began life.

The first meet took place in 1948, and with growing attention and popularity, the circuit had its heyday and the late 50s and 60s, with many big guns taking part in several races on the same event day. The Tourist Trophy race was the circuits jewel in the crown attracting the big guns like Stirling Moss, Innes Ireland, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Mike Parkes, Roy Salvadori, Jackie Stewart and of course Bruce McLaren. It was at this time that the great career of Stirling Moss endured the crash that was to end his race form.

After the last race in 1966, the circuit was used on and off for many years for testing and it tragically claimed the life of Bruce McLaren in 1970. Finally, after a long and complicated battle the current Earl of March managed to bring the 3.8km circuit back to its former glory and re-opened it in 1998, with a dazzling array of famous names and original cars being driven at racing speeds around the circuit. Huge respect for doing this – make sure you add the Circuit Revival race meet to your list of things to do before you die.

http://www.goodwood.co.uk/

By Phil Clark

Goodwood tragically claimed the life of Bruce McLaren in 1970


One of the few tracks in the world with a true aristocratic heritage, the Goodwood Estate in Westhampnett, West Sussex, had once been the fourth largest estate in Britain owned by Frederick Charles Gordon Lennox, 9th Duke of Richmond, 4th Duke of Gordon, Duke of Lennox, Earl of March, Baron Methuen, Earl of Kinrara (or just ‘Freddie’ to his friends). He handed over part of this estate in 1940 for a wartime airfield for Spitfires and Hurricanes, and with its perimeter track, began life.

The first meet took place in 1948, and with growing attention and popularity, the circuit had its heyday and the late 50s and 60s, with many big guns taking part in several races on the same event day. The Tourist Trophy race was the circuits jewel in the crown attracting the big guns like Stirling Moss, Innes Ireland, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Mike Parkes, Roy Salvadori, Jackie Stewart and of course Bruce McLaren. It was at this time that the great career of Stirling Moss endured the crash that was to end his race form.

After the last race in 1966, the circuit was used on and off for many years for testing and it tragically claimed the life of Bruce McLaren in 1970. Finally, after a long and complicated battle the current Earl of March managed to bring the 3.8km circuit back to its former glory and re-opened it in 1998, with a dazzling array of famous names and original cars being driven at racing speeds around the circuit. Huge respect for doing this – make sure you add the Circuit Revival race meet to your list of things to do before you die.

http://www.goodwood.co.uk/

By Phil Clark

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