‘Race cars for the road’ for the Earls Court Motor Show at Goodwood Revival
Earl's Court Replica at Goodwood
13th August, 2009
Following the popularity of the inaugural Earls Court Motor
Show at last year’s Goodwood Revival, this new key attraction will once again add an exciting element to the
annual Revival meeting, the world’s most authentic historic motor race meeting, being held from 18th to 20th
The Earls Court Motor Show takes its inspiration from the celebrated London Motor Shows of the 1950s and
60s, with an original Art Deco frontage reminiscent of the glory days of exhibitions of the past. This
spacious area will give the expected 120,000+ Goodwood Revival visitors an insight into how motoring of the
future might look from a pre-1966 perspective, with a display of ‘futuristic’ 21st century cars.
Externally the Earls Court looks like the entrance to a 1950s Motor Show, promising to display ‘cars of
the future’ inside. As no post-1966 vehicles are ordinarily allowed on site during the Goodwood Revival, the
Earls Court Motor Show enables the event to break out of its ‘period’ timeframe and display post-1966
vehicles. The effect simulates going back the past to visualise the future, offering other-worldly futuristic
new cars to see, right up to and including manufacturers’ latest products.
Each vehicle manufacturers’ stand is presented in the style of a traditional Motor Show of the 1950s or
1960s. As with the rest of the Revival, the overall display is not set in a specific timeframe, but rather
at some unidentified point prior to 1966. Manufacturer displays are therefore expected to include cars of
the 1950s or 1960s, as well as some ‘concept’ cars showing each company’s visions of what production cars
might look like in the early 21st Century. Car manufacturers confirmed to be exhibiting at this ‘motor show
of the future’ include Maserati, Jaguar, BMW, Ford, Nissan and Rolls-Royce.
In addition to the manufacturers’ stands, there will be a central ‘concours d’elegance’ exhibition. This
display will commemorate ‘Race Cars for the Road’, featuring around 25 circuit-derived vehicles that were
also sold as road cars, from pre-War, right through to the present day. Expect to see track favourites such
as the Jaguar XKSS, AC Cobra and Ford GT40, which dominated the racing world and also became highly sought
after road cars.