The upcoming 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be one of the main automotive attractions this year. Every year, the GFoS celebrates the past, present and future, but the 2021 edition is a tad bit more special. The reason for it being special, however, is just as special as the man who will be commemorated there. The legendary Sir Stirling Moss will be remembered for his outstanding contribution and relation with one of the oldest motorsport events in history. Also present will be the equally legendary Mercedes-Benz 300SLR ‘722’ in which he won the Mille Miglia alongside co-driver Denis ‘Jenks’ Jenkinson and has a race record that stands to this day.
The festival will also see the permanent return of the ‘Sir Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy’ along with an elaborate collection of cars that were driven by Sir Stirling Moss. But, this isn’t just a tribute for a champion. Goodwood has a bit of an emotional relationship with Sir Stirling as well. You see he won his first race at Goodwood in 1948 and since then was part of a total of 51 races out of which he stood on the top of the podium 21 times and was part of the podium a further 13 times.
But like any other relationship, there even were some low points like his career-ending crash in 1962. However, this year will be a fitting celebration of a racer par excellence and an incredible human being as well. Joining this joyous occasion will be some of Sir Stirling’s beautiful race cars like the 300SLR 722, the W196 Formula 1 car in which he won his first Grand Prix, Lotus 18, Ferrari 250 GT SWB and many more that will also be part of the Revival race.
Also participating will be the Aston Martin DB3S, DBR1, Jaguar C-type, Cooper T49 and the incredibly rare Ferguson P99. You really need to google all of these and gasp in their beauty. Back in the day, it was all about how the car looks, how fast it goes and how good the driver is; the heydays of motorsport. Now, it’s just a bunch of computers with wheels, racing for corporations.
Commenting on the upcoming event, the Duke of Richmond said: “Stirling and his wife Susie were such an important part of the Goodwood family for so many years. All of us here felt his loss especially keenly as we weren’t able to commemorate his incredible life as we would have wanted last year. We hope that fans at our events around the world will join us in celebrating his racing career and bidding farewell to ‘Mr Goodwood’ in 2021. Stirling’s supreme skill and love for his sport will continue to be remembered at Goodwood for many years to come.”
The 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held between the 8th and 11th of July followed by the Revival race, often dubbed as ‘the most beautiful race in the world’ between 17th and 19th September. You can watch it live on YouTube on the ‘Goodwood Road and Racing’ channel, and although it will require you to stay up late due to the time difference, it will be more than worthwhile.