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Goodwood Goes Green for 2024

2024’s Goodwood Revival is ditching fossil fuels in favour what it terms sustainable fuel. The move is in line with the FIA’s current stipulation for racing, which is that all racing vehicles (cars or bikes) must use a fuel containing a minimum of 70% “advanced sustainable components.”

At Goodwood, which runs 6th-9th September 2024, the fuels will be used in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy races, which see classic racers from Manx Nortons to MV triples competing, ridden by current and former world champions. The organisers say that no modifications are needed to use the fuels, and point out that a 1925 Bentley Speed Model used sustainable fuel to win the Rudge-Whitworth Cup in 2023.

“Goodwood has an illustrious motorsport history and one which we are delighted to continue with the announcement that at next year’s Revival, all of our races will be run on sustainable fuel,” said the Festival’s founder, the Duke of Richmond. “I am proud that we are the first to be mandating the use of sustainable fuels at the event and would like to thank all of the participating owners, drivers and preparers for their support.”

BMF Chair Jim Freeman welcomed the news: “A ray of hope for the ICE engine. As with so many previous developments, competition can show the way for the rest of us.”

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of Goodwood Revival. Photo by PA