A Children’s Race Is Coming To Chelsea This Weekend—For A Place On The Goodwood Revival Grid!
A special piece of the popular Goodwood Revival historic meeting is coming to Chelsea in London this Saturday. It’s the event’s Settrington Cup, which is a race with a difference as it’s for drivers aged from five to 10 years only. They compete in vintage Austin J40 pedal cars, and of course the youngsters are as competitive as anyone else racing at the famous meeting, indeed likely are even more so…
And the kids’ pedal car races in Chelsea this weekend appropriately aren’t just for fun either, as if you do well in them there is a very special prize. The top two finishers from the heats this Saturday will each win a place on the grid for one of the two Settrington Cup races at the 2019 Goodwood Revival itself on September 13 to 15. This is the first time ever that there have been qualifying races held for the Settrington Cup!
The Goodwood Revival is of course well known as a historic racing event, showcasing a range of legendary cars of the past, from up to the Swinging Sixties, from Formula 1 and Le Mans cars to TT-winning motorcycles and sideways saloons, racing in front of packed crowds on the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex near England’s south coast. While, perhaps most notably, all competitors and spectators are encouraged to contribute to the time warp atmosphere by dressing in period clothing. Yet one of its most popular events is the Settrington Cup, part of the Revival since 2012, in which five to 10 year-olds compete in vintage pedal cars, and this provides of course an inimitable charm and spectacle.
The qualifying races for the youngsters are taking place this Saturday, June 22, as part of the Chelsea Summer Fete in Duke of York Square. The young drivers from across the UK have won their place through a series of prize draws, while places will also be available for eligible children attending the event. And who knows, perhaps the next Lewis Hamilton will be discovered this Saturday…
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity of bringing our event to Chelsea and to potentially discover some new young racing talent to join in at the Revival this year,” said Goodwood Revival general manager Henry Bass. “The beauty of the Settrington Cup is that it is zero emissions racing of the highest caliber, and we can be sure that our entrants will make a spectacular addition to the impressive array of entertainment at this year’s Chelsea Summer Fete. The Duke of York Square makes a spectacular backdrop and we are delighted to bring a flavor of Goodwood, and of the Revival in particular, to the event.”
Images courtesy of Goodwood Revival, photos by Nicole Hains, Dominic James, Stephanie O’Callaghan, Steve Tarrant, Jayson Fong and Toby Adamson