Rudge-Whitworth Cup concludes Le Mans centenary celebrations at Goodwood

Goodwood Revival | Press Article 17/04/24

Goodwood Revival was delighted to host the Rudge-Whitworth Cup, paying homage to the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a grid of Alfa Romeos, Bentleys and Bugattis.

We were honoured that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest sent the original Rudge-Whitworth Triennial Cup that was awarded to the winning pair of René Léonard and André Lagache in 1923 at the inception of the iconic race. The trophy will be presented to race winners Ben Collings and Gareth Graham at the prizegiving ceremony this evening.

Jacky Ickx starred in the role of the Grand Marshal, waving the French Tricolore flag used by LeBron James to signal the start of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans back in June. Ickx has enjoyed a long and illustrious history both here at Goodwood and also at La Sarthe, where he won the endurance race six times.

Across the year, Goodwood has paid homage to the 24 Hours of Le Mans centenary with a GT1 demonstration at the 80th Members’ Meeting in April, and a balcony appearance from the 2023 Ferrari Le Mans-winning team of Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, and Antonio Giovinazzi at the Festival of Speed last month.

The Rudge-Whitworth Triennial Cup appeared at this year’s Revival, following the appearance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary Trophy at the 2022 event. Created by the Paris Mint, the Trophy was brought onto the starting grid before the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, which ran into dusk on Friday evening, evoking the very essence of the endurance classic.


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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 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.