Press Release: 07:09:18
Today sees the start of the 20th annual Goodwood Revival meeting, a magical step back in time to the days of the romance and glamour of motor racing in its heyday. The Revival has established itself as a firm favourite in the international motorsport calendar. Every year since 1998, the team at Terence O’Rourke get a little bit caught up in the magic, the costumes, the glory and excitement, not least because of the contribution we made to the world-class motor circuit Goodwood is today.
The first ever race meeting at Goodwood took place in September 1948. Seventy years ago, all that was required was a quick clean-up of the mess and a bit of pothole filling before the cars could hit the track.
Fast-forward fifty years to when the current Earl of March planned a revival of the circuit to its former glory and things weren’t quite so straight forward. Apart from cars being much faster and noise and environmental controls being far tougher, a raft of planning restrictions meant anyone planning regular race meetings in the picturesque West Sussex countryside would face a range of complex challenges in order to fulfil their dream. Those restrictions proved very inflexible for the motor circuit to operate effectively in more recent years.
Following extensive liaison with the local authority, in 2010 as part of our wider work with the Goodwood Estate we delivered a new far simpler and flexible planning permission reducing the number of planning conditions controlling the circuits use from over 50 to just 10, alongside a noise management plan. While still maintaining a level of control that would protect the residential amenity of local residents from noise the new permission provides far greater flexibility to enable the circuit to respond quicker to changes in market conditions, essential for any business.
So as the Revival revs up for another year and the TOR team don their tweeds and trilbies (we promise there will be photos to follow!) it’s a great honour for us to be part of the history of Glamorous Goodwood!
Start your engines please!