The Goodwood Revival where style and performance counts: for cars and attendees.
The Goodwood Revival: A Brief History
In 1948 Goodwood played an essential role in re-invigorating post-war motorsports by becoming the first permanent race venue after WWII. Nearly twenty years of glorious motor racing followed until modern cars became too fast for the track in 1966.
The Goodwood Revival is the brainchild of Lord March. A weekend long vintage motor racing event that celebrates the track’s golden era. First held in 1998, it now attracts over 140,000 people and is regarded as the world’s most popular vintage motor racing event.
Style and Performance
At Goodwood, the style and performance of attendees is as integral to the spectacle as the style and performance of the cars.
All but a tiny percentage of the crowd attend in 1948-66 period dress. And a whole host of vintage clothing specialists flourish catering to the needs of Goodwood revivalists.
The prevailing aesthetic for gentlemen is tweed. Trilbies proliferate. As do forces uniforms, befitting the post-war theme.
The historical detail is astounding. Mechanics in historically accurate overalls bent over priceless vintage racing cars encourage a suspension of disbelief. The sense of travelling back in time is very persuasive. And very seductive.
Goodwood’s success is undoubtedly down to the dedication and buy-in on the part of both organisers and attendees. Tickets sell like hot cakes during rationing and the event is always sold out months in advance.
Classic car petrol heads, designers, revivalists, and vintage culture tourists go to extraordinary lengths to achieve an authentic period look. Their efforts are rewarded by the Goodwood Revival organisers in the form of prizes for the best dressed.
Of course, nobody cares what the prizes actually are. Winning is a prize in itself.
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