The Festival of Speed began in 1993, when the Earl of March decided to bring motor sport back to the Goodwood Estate. Goodwood was a well-known Formula One and sports car competition venue back in the 1950s and 60s, but the new Festival would be different - instead of racing around the nearby Motor Circuit (now home of the annual Goodwood Revival), cars and bikes would roar up the 1.16 mile parkland drive, right past Goodwood House, allowing enthusiasts to get closer to the action than ever before. Since then, the Festival has become one of the most prestigious motor sport events in the world, giving fans a unique opportunity to see current F1 teams and drivers, exotic supercars, action sports and celebrities.

During the Second World War, the Goodwood Motor Circuit was a key Battle of Britain airfield and home to several Spitfire squadrons. When the RAF closed the base after the war, the landowner - Freddie March, grandfather of the current Earl of March - turned the perimeter road into a racing circuit, and Britain’s first post-war motor racing meeting took place at Goodwood on September 18, 1948. Over the next 18 years, the circuit became one of the most popular and prestigious in the world, before closing its doors to contemporary motor racing in 1966. Exactly 50 years after that first meeting, Goodwood Motor Circuit reopened with every detail recreated - and the Goodwood Revival was born. Since 1998, the circuit has come back to life each September for a magical weekend that recreates the golden era of its glorious heyday - from star drivers on the track like Sir Stirling Moss or Jackie Stewart to the actors dressed as ‘bobbies’ and ‘spivs’, from the air displays to the Mods and Rockers, the Goodwood Revival really is a unique, unforgettable weekend.

Goodwood is not only famous for its motor sport events but also as a venue to experience the thrill and speed of driving at one of their legendary track days. Open to drivers of all levels of experience and any type of car, their highly qualified instructors are on-hand to get the best out of you and your car.

Arrive Calcot Manor for champagne reception with Mike Tindall MBE and Peter Phillips, followed by a superb gala dinner and be inspired by your G Privé Ambassador Philip Fussell (Former World Champion Shot) or George Digweed MBE (23x World Champion Shot). A fantastic nights stay in the luxury of Calcot Manor Hotel and Spa.

Today, as clients of G Privé, you too can drive the same track as the heroes of yesteryear and enjoy a totally bespoke experience created especially for you, your friends or your clients and you can be hosted by one of our own G Privé motorsport Ambassadors.

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