Goodwood Revival Victory Parade to pay tribute to local key workers and service personnel

Goodwood Revival | Press Article 17/04/24

  • Goodwood Revival will host its own spectacular Victory Parade on Sunday 19 September to celebrate and recognise the contribution of local key workers and service people.
  • 150 vehicles - from tanks to motorbikes - will take part and be on display across the weekend
  • More than 250 nurses, care professionals, medical and non-medical volunteers from vaccination centres will take part alongside members of the police, ambulance, fire and rescue services as well as representatives from the armed forces and cadets

Goodwood Revival (17 - 19 September) is delighted to announce that it will host a spectacular Victory Parade on the Sunday of the event, echoing the celebrations that took place in 1946 marking the end of World War Two. 

The Victory Parade in 1946 commemorated the end of the Second World War and acknowledged the contribution of service people and civilians to the war effort. Now, 75 years on, Goodwood will use the occasion to pay tribute to and thank local key workers and service people.

Held on 8 June 1946 in Central London, the Victory Parade featured a Mechanised Column of more than 500 vehicles from the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, British civilian services and the British Army, as well as a Marching Column of representatives from the navies, air forces, civilian services and units of the British Empire and the armed forces of the Commonwealth Dominions.

The Revival Victory Parade’s Marching Column will be made up of approximately 250 local key workers and service people including nurses, care professionals, medical and non-medical volunteers from vaccination centres, members of the local police, ambulance, fire and rescue services and members of all of the armed forces including cadets. Released by the HMS Devonshire Naval Gun at Lavant Bank, the column will march from the Super Shell building, down to the Pit Straight, led by a military band.

Following behind, the Mechanised Column comprising over 150 vehicles will include motorbikes, tanks, Scammel lorries, half-tracks, amphibious vehicles, London buses, ambulances, fire engines, police cars and staff cars; all of which will be on display on the Lavant Infield across the weekend. The Lavant Infield will be themed as RAF Westhampnett, celebrating the history of the airfield prior to the creation of the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

As they make their way down the Pit Straight, both the Marching and Mechanised Columns will come to a halt and the Duke of Richmond will deliver a speech in honour of the key workers, thanking them for their dedication and tireless efforts over the past 18 months. A short film acknowledging the contribution of military and public services during the Second World War will also be shown.

Further details of the groups participating in the Marching Column will be announced in the coming weeks.


Notes to Editors:

Goodwood Revival, Friday 17 - Sunday 19 September.

Saturday tickets for the Revival are sold out, however Friday and Sunday tickets are still available and can be purchased via or by calling the Ticket Office on 01243 755055.

For an extra special day out, hospitality is also available across the event and can be organised by emailing or calling 01243 755054.

Goodwood wants customers to be able to book with confidence and if it is deemed that Goodwood events cannot take place on advice from the UK Government due to the ever-changing pandemic, the ‘Ticket Guarantee’ means customers can transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.

Goodwood’s number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved, whether working behind-the-scenes, at the wheel, or attending the spectacle. Goodwood continues to work closely with Public Health England and UK Government advisory groups and all events will be run strictly in accordance with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

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About the Goodwood Revival
The Goodwood Revival is the world’s greatest historic motor race meeting, and the only sporting event of its kind to be staged entirely in a period theme. More than just an unrivalled weekend of historic racing, it is a whimsical step back in time; an immersive celebration of a less disposable world, where “make do and mend” was a way of life rather than a casual slogan. 

The Revival is, at its heart, a celebration of craftsmanship and sustainability, from an age when possessions were made to last and be cherished. It promotes a thoroughly modern ethos – to “reduce, reuse, repair, restore and recycle” – in the most authentic way possible. All the cars are original, having been lovingly maintained since new, many of the outfits have been handed down through generations, and even the retailers specialise in pre-owned artefacts – everything from clothes and accessories to automobilia and books.

It is, proudly, the world’s biggest and most glamorous second-hand event.