This is the racing circuit dating from 1948, not to be confused with the separate hillclimb course located at Goodwood House and first used in 1936. The cars that raced in those events can be seen recreating (in shorter form) the endurance races at the Goodwood Revival each year in the Sussex trophy and the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy (RAC TT).HISTORY 19481966 The racing circuit began life as the perimeter track of RAF Westhampnett airfield, which was constructed during World War II as a relief airfield for RAF Tangmere. GOODWOOD NINE HOURS Goodwood has, over the years, played host to many famous drivers: Mike Hawthorn and Graham Hill had their first single seat races there, Roger Penske visited in 1963, and Jim Clark and Jack Sears competed in 1964.Goodwood Circuit is an historic venue for both two- and four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom. Stirling Moss won the 500cc race (later to become Formula 3), followed by Eric Brandon and "Curly" Dryden, all in Coopers.
The track is now used for classic races, track days, and try-out days OTHER EVENTS In 2009, the Mongol Rally, a charity fundraising car rally to Mongolia, moved its starting point from Hyde Park, London to Goodwood.
Entrants are on show to the public in the paddock before beginning the rally with a parade lap of the circuit.
The National Finals of the Greenpower schools electric car racing challenge takes place at Goodwood each year.
The Greenpower challenge is a nationwide series of electric vehicle endurance races for schools, who build their own 24 volt single-seater racing cars.
The last event was a club meeting organised by the British Automobile Racing Club on July 2, 1966.
TESTING The circuit claimed the life of Mc Laren-founder Bruce Mc Laren in a testing accident on the 2nd June, 1970.308 journalists and 226 photographers from 178 publications reported on the 2003 Festival of Speed.Programmes and news items from 15 television stations and six radio stations worldwide broadcast before, during and after the 2003 Festival of Speed.The laps of Goodwood were effectively at "tick-over" speed, because the car had only four degrees of steering lock, with a maximum of 100 mph (160 km/h) on the straight on one lap.Goodwood saw its last race meeting for over 30 years in 1966, because the owners did not want to modify the track with chicanes to control the increased speeds of modern racing cars.Historic aircraft help to complete the vintage feel.