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Video: Goodwood Festival of Speed

By | February 15, 2010

People have been racing cars at Goodwood, in West-Sussex, England, since 1936. In 1948, the Goodwood Motor Circuit hosted the first British post-WWII racing event. More than 15,000 spectators and 85 drivers took part; racing had been sorely missed in Britain during the war years. In 1966, Goodwood stopped hosting public competitions, but remained in continuous use as a testing and track day circuit.

In 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed began at the historic track, and 1998 saw the inauguration of the Goodwood Revival, when the circuit was restored to its original glory and only pre-1966 vehicles are allowed. Here, check out some video from the Smithsonian Channel, showing how people get ready for the race. Hope you’ll join us for the next one!