Bored? Try the Goodwood Revival classic racing livestream

Classic race cars, plenty of rain, and it’s free on YouTube.

The Goodwood circuit was one of the UK’s fastest. It was built in Sussex on the Goodwood Estate in 1948 but closed in 1966 as it became too dangerous for the cars of the time. When Lord March (who owns the estate) realized the success of his Goodwood Festival of Speed, a decision was made to reopen the circuit, but the only racing that happens there is for classic cars. What makes the Revival truly amazing are both the cars and drivers that turn up to compete.

For one thing, you literally won’t see an assortment of cars like these anywhere other than at Laguna Seca during Car Week. As I type this, nine (!) Ford GT40s are lapping a rather wet track in search of pole position for the Whitsun Trophy, which happens on Saturday afternoon. (Did I mention all the races have cool names?) Second, everyone takes the racing a lot more seriously than in California—a lot. Part of that is the driver lineup; in addition to the wealthy amateurs, pros are drafted in for the weekend.

The Revival is responsible for things like this in-car footage of former IndyCar driver Kenny Black wrestling with a GT40 on a very wet day in 2013. Or this fantastic race by Mr Le Mans, Tom Kristensen in one of 2015’s St Mary’s Trophy races, making the big Ford dance through Goodwood’s fast corners. The racing action starts around 10am BST (5am EDT) if you want to watch it live, but since it’s on YouTube you can always just scroll it back to the beginning. Now no one has an excuse for being bored this weekend.