BREAKING; GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2020 - 'CANCELLED', CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE TO GO AHEAD
THERE'S NO OFFICIAL announcement as yet, but all indications are that this year's Goodwood Revival, due to be held September 11-13 has been cancelled; like it's sister event, July's Goodwood Festival of Speed, yet another victim of the pandemic
The PistonHeads forum is reporting that in a letter, the Duke of Richmond told GRRC member: "We have had to take the difficult decision not to hold the Festival of Speed and Revival this year. For a business like ours, which is all about bringing people together to enjoy the things they love, social distancing has had a catastrophic impact on our ability to operate. It is a worrying time and we are doing what we can to salvage a future for our events."
Ticket sales on the official website were halted from today, though there is as yet no announcement on there and no indication as to what this actually means in terms of refunds/reallocations.
More news as we have it.*
Meanwhile, the Concours of Elegance will go ahead in the spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace this September, it has been announced today.
A spokesman for the prestige event said: "Our show will grace the palace gardens in late Summer, following their re-opening this week. The Concours of Elegance 2020 – 4-6 September – will be the first major international concours d’elegance event since Amelia Island in March."
Liz Young, Head of Events for Historic Royal Palaces said ‘We are thrilled to be re-opening our gardens this week, and very excited that this means the Concours of Elegance can go ahead in September. It is always a brilliant event, with the palace gardens making a spectacular backdrop for the cars on show. We look forward to working with the event organisers to ensure that all of our guests can have a safe and enjoyable visit.’
The Concours of Elegance takes place within the 60-acre Fountain Gardens of the palace, measuring ¾ of a mile in length. From its very inception, the event has sought to avoid feeling crowded, allowing the cars the space they deserve.
James Brooks-Ward, Thorough Events CEO, said: “Clearly, above anything else, we want to ensure that we’re hosting our event responsibly. As September nears, we’ve become confident that all the pent-up demand we’ve seen from visitors, commercial partners, car clubs and car owners can be satisfied, with the approval of our friends at Historic Royal Palaces. We’re incredibly grateful for their support, and that of our presenting partner A. Lange & Söhne, in allowing us to develop our event into something we feel isn’t just safer than ever, but more exciting than ever too.”
Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are available to buy now, and should government guidance change to negate the running of the event, all tickets will be refunded or deferred to 2021.
*Goodwood have offcially confirmed to us late on Tuesday that the Revival has been cancelled. The Revival website has been updated to read:
Sadly, we have had to take the decision not to hold the Festival of Speed and Revival this year. All ticket holders have the option to rollover their tickets or request a refund.
As we rely so heavily on our headline events, their absence places not only future events but even the long-term future of the estate under considerable strain. With this in mind, we are today reinvigorating the Goodwood Supporters’ Association (GSA) in the hope that the Goodwood community will stand beside us as we weather this storm together. As well as the options to rollover tickets to 2021 or request a refund, any ticket-holder can also choose to exchange a proportion of their 2020 ticket value in return for additional GSA benefits.
For those without tickets that would like to join the GSA and show their support, there are a range of GSA levels with various benefits at each level in recognition of your support. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone, and one which is surrounded by uncertainty.
We hope that this range of options across all of our customer groups will allow people to make an informed choice to suit their personal circumstances, and will help preserve the spirit of Goodwood, and our unique interpretation of the sport we all enjoy.
For full details, please visit https://www.goodwood.com/gsa/