Most people could be forgiven for thinking that the term ‘something for everyone’ is not one usually applied to the motoring festivals at Goodwood. I certainly have never had the slightest inkling to experience the wealth of motoring related stalls and shows that the showground has to offer for three days each September.
So, as I sauntered into Goodwood for work bright and early on Friday morning, it came as a surprise to find myself drawn to the glorious array of classic cars (I won’t even try to name a single one), not to mention the collection of boutiques and pop-up shops catering for everyone’s interests. From the usual Top Gear simulator, the period-style Tesco, complete with of-the-time packaging, to a fast array of clothing stall and motoring memorabilia, the grounds are a fairground for grown-ups with an interest in anything vintage.
Sadly I didn’t get to see a lot of the action as I was busy serving local ale (the perks of being a wannabe writer) but what I did get a full view of was the incredible costumes and outfits that are an obligatorily part of the Revival. The festival celebrates the golden era of British motoring and the dress-up is a celebration of the glamour of the time. Everyone from RAF pilots, hostesses, honeymooners, mod and rockers to old-fashioned mechanics in full period boiler suits made an appearance.
I’ve long been a fan of a return to ‘proper fashion’, where men and women made more of an effort to look their best. As they sashayed around the grounds sipping champagne held in silk gloved hands the women, with their perfectly curled hair, red lipstick and yards of lace and pearls certainly looked a million miles away from the leggings and flip-flop championing crowd f today, and give me a charming man in uniform over the two-a-penny football fans any day of the week.
Goodwood is more than a step-back in time, it’s a revival of the glamorous spirit and energy the era held, if you have no interest in car as such, but a feel a change of scene is in order, the Goodwood Revival is the weekend for you. I for one will certainly be getting a real ticket next year.