“The crowd is normally a huge part of any event at Goodwood,” says Jordan. “But being Goodwood, I’m sure they will do very well. They know how to organise events well, and I have no doubt they will raise the bar for this sort of spectator-free event and do what they can to make sure everyone can still enjoy the action.”
However the event this weekend works, it won’t replace either the Festival or the Revival, but it will give enthusiasts a welcome reminder of both. And for Jordan, it’s still a chance to race at one of the country’s finest circuits. “I’m really proud to have won races at Goodwood,” he says. “It’s a career highlight.”
“It’s going to be different without the fans, but we’re going there to put on a show for everyone watching at home. And all the drivers will still be pushing as hard as they can – because it’s Goodwood.”
Why Goodwood is so uniquely special
This weekend’s Speedweek will attempt to recreate some of the best bits of Goodwood’s usual Festival of Speed, Revival and Members’ Meeting events. To celebrate these, the Autocar team have picked out their personal Goodwood highlights from years past.
Steve Cropley – Up the hill in a Model T
My best of many Goodwood memories was being invited to enter the 2003 Festival of Speed – whose central theme was celebrating Ford’s centenary – in my very own car, a 1917 Ford Model T Speedster. With its light weight and meaty 3.3-litre engine, it proceeded to storm the hill twice a day for three days. It felt surreal, competing every day in a very special Ford class that contained Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Alan Mann and Jack Brabham, among others. The Speedster culture grew initially out of a glut of unwanted Model Ts (16 million were sold globally). They fell into the hands of modifiers (“If you clear the barn, you can have the old Ford”) and hot-rodding grew from there. I must have been crazy to sell my Speedster, which cost £6500, but a man in Germany paid £16,000 – mainly because of the Goodwood roundel on its barrel fuel tank…
Mark Tisshaw – Schumacher Celebration