Story and images by Wayne Gorrett
If you weren’t one of the 30,000 visitors to last year’s Goodwood Revival, you missed an utterly immersive, retro-sensory assault on the mind, body and soul.
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Goodwood Revival is a magical step back in time to the halcyon days of motor racing during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, a unique opportunity to absorb the glamour and intoxicating allure of oil, grease, tyre smoke and glorious noise in the romantic and carefully constructed time capsule of the world’s most authentic motor racing circuit.
Revival is a ticket-only event and all three days are sold out months in advance. Themed from 1948 to 1966 – the first operational years of the Goodwood Motor Circuit – Revival features some of the most enthralling historic racing and breathtaking machinery. Competitors and spectators alike dress in resplendent period fashions, with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era for all to enjoy.
It is a unique opportunity to get within touching distance of some of the most iconic and priceless cars in the world, as well as some of the best drivers and riders in history, with unequalled paddock access. It offers visitors the opportunity to leave the modern world behind and join motor sport luminaries such as Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Richard Attwood, John Surtees and Derek Bell in a celebration of flat-out, wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic racetrack, untouched by a sterilised modern world.
Away from the track, visitors experience a unique blend of 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s fashion, music, film, art, dance and design. Sure, there are dips into the 1930’s, 20’s and even the 70’s in places, but it all adds colour and fun to a very ‘different’ event. Presented in a fun, authentic and imaginative way throughout the retro retail village, clothes, hair and make-up boutiques of the period are elements of the vintage concept being brought to life at Revival.
It’s intoxicating, visually stunning and emotionally stirring.
Back this year? Thanks chaps, don’t mind if I do!