The engagement in Goodwood is one in a series of high-profile partnerships that underscore Credit Suisse’s commitment to historic motorsport.
The Goodwood Revival is widely recognized as the most unique historic racing festival in the world. Since 1998, every September the Revival, with all types of road-racing cars and motorcycles that would have participated in the original races between 1948 and 1966, takes place at Goodwood. The races are held at the original circuit on the Goodwood estate.
During World War II a large area of farmland on the southwestern edge of the Goodwood Estate was developed as the Royal Air Force Westhampnett fighter base, which became a center of historic aircraft action during the 1940 Battle of Britain. After the war, RAF Westhampnett was closed to operations and returned to the Goodwood Estate. The late Freddie March then led the way in persuading British government ministries to permit the disused aerodrome perimeter tracks to be adopted for motor racing, which led to the opening of the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948.
Over the next 18 years, the circuit became one of the most popular and prestigious in the world, before closing its doors to contemporary motor racing in 1966. Goodwood remained in continuous use as a test track. Exactly 50 years to the day since the opening of the Goodwood circuit, the present Earl of March sanctioned the first Goodwood Revival meeting in 1998.
For one weekend, every year in September, the golden era of Goodwood’s glorious past is recreated. Everything within the perimeter of the Motor Circuit is transported back in time to the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s – including the spectators, who are encouraged to dress in authentic period costume.
Since 2009 Credit Suisse has been a proud partner of the Goodwood Revival. In 2013 Credit Suisse committed to a seven-year title sponsorship of the iconic Race Control building, which is stationed in a prominent position overlooking the racetrack. The historic Race Control building underwent extensive restoration to combine premium contemporary interiors with the period features that are in keeping with the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Since its re-opening in 2013 Credit Suisse Race Control’s duties at the Goodwood Revival include all driver briefings and the prize-giving on Sunday evening. It also plays host to drivers and VIPs. The media are invited to the Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum, where celebrated motor racing figures share stories from their racing life.
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