Motorcycles have always played an important role at the annual Goodwood Revival, and this year’s event (14-16 September) will be no exception, with the prospect of some exceptional two-wheeled action, both on and off track.
The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy race – in the spirit of the original Goodwood Saturday motorcycle meeting – is already shaping up to be a hard fought battle with some ace rider pairings, all on highly competitive machinery. As in previous years, the race it will continue as a two-part, two-rider challenge, with one race on Saturday and another on Sunday; the result decided by aggregate timing.
For 2012 the Memorial race will feature motorcycles from the 1950s. These will include iconic names such as BSA, MV Agusta, Matchless, Norton, Gilera, BMW and Velocette.
Top riders in action on these sports bikes from a bygone era are set to include Goodwood regulars Wayne Gardner, Jeremy McWilliams, Cameron Donald, James Haydon, Andrew Pitt, Michael Rutter and Keith Amor, with Revival first-timers Nick Jeffries, Rex Butcher, Mike ‘Spike’ Edwards, Howie Mainwaring and Glen Richard also due to compete.
Each owner-rider will be paired up with a professional racer, and both will ride in each race, changing over in the pits around half distance. The Le Mans-style running start will also be a feature which is certain to cause drama and excitement once again, for both spectators and competitors alike.
Away from the smooth Goodwood track, loud and dirty two-wheelers will also be on action on the dedicated Revival scrambler course. Following the huge success of a group of British Motocross riders and ex-Champions making their debut at last year’s Revival, many of these of-road motorcycles and riders will be returning to Goodwood in September by public demand. Watch this space for more details over the coming weeks.