Today, the rolling hills of West Sussex have been alive with the sounds of historic racing cars and vintage music. Yes, it’s time for the Goodwood Revival: the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress.
Images by Tristan Beard
Around 150,000 people are expected to converge on Goodwood over the weekend, and if day one is anything to go by, the 2016 Revival promises to be a classic. Not even the showers could dampen the enthusiasm of the well-dressed spectators and competitors.
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We’ve been there all day, so here’s a flavour of day one. If it whets your appetite, don’t forget to tune into the Revival’s excellent live stream (which you can watch below).
Cover your ears
What makes the Goodwood Revival special is the period dress and decoration around the track and paddock areas. Not everybody appears to be enjoying the chanting.
It’s part of ‘Road to Wembley’: the Goodwood Revival’s celebration of England’s historic 1966 World Cup victory. The event included a display of 1960s cars on the famous Goodwood track. Whisper this, but a few German flags managed to gatecrash the event, no doubt to debate whether or not the ball was over the line. It was.
Not every car at the Goodwood Revival has been polished to within an inch of perfection. We rather like the ‘rat look’ seen here, which was all the more remarkable given that the interior was near factory-fresh.
The event organisers are promising that this year’s St. Mary’s Trophy will be the most closely fought race in Goodwood history. The sight of a line of mechanically-identical Austin A35s raised a few smiles in the paddock.
Now that’s how you promote a service. Jaguar Classic provides genuine parts, service and documentation for historic Jaguars, as demonstrated by this wonderful Airfix-style display. You might need more than a couple of pots of Humbrol paint to finish the job.
On Friday morning, the cars took to the track for the Goodwood Trophy practice run. There’s some confusion as to which car is running in third place. We thoroughly recommend watching the action on Goodwood’s live stream. It’s the next best thing to being there.
You can shop until you drop at Goodwood, too; there’s even a retro-themed Tesco. That said, we’re not sure if this art deco Michelin store actually sells tyres…
Reims, Goodwood style
This area is a recreation of the famous pit lane at Reims, complete with period advertising hoardings. The French circuit was used for Formula One racing until 1966.
Period dress and pipe
Everybody dresses up at Revival, and while we’d suggest wearing a Nazi Luftwaffe armband might be a step too far, you do need to make an effort. Luckily, dressing ‘retro’ needn’t be expensive: just pay a visit to your local charity shop.
The action continues at Goodwood Revival all weekend. Unfortunately, if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in (tickets sold out well in advance). If you are lucky enough to have a ticket, make sure you catch the Spitfire air display at 19:05 on Saturday and the TT Celebration race at 14:15 on Sunday.
See you there!
Timetable: Goodwood Revival 2016