Imagine a day whereby everyone ditches their modern sense of style and puts on a ton of hairspray, polka dot dresses, military uniforms and oversized suits with fedora and flat caps. Even though fancy dress isn't compulsory at Goodwood Revival, it is highly encouraged. If I hadn't worn my suit, I would have definitely felt underdressed and out of place. There were even hippies about on the field which made the event all the more special!
While it's all well and good to talk about style and fashion, we have to remember that this is a car blog. I am far from an expert on how to dress. So back to business - the cars.
One of the main highlights of Revival is just how good it feels to see million-pound classic cars being thrashed around a circuit. We're not just talking an old E-Type Jag; we're talking a Maserati 250F going around! In typical British fashion, the rain didn't stop the drivers from still trying to push them for a high-speed demonstration. That was a sight to see and hear! As a true petrolhead, it's important to make the most of the day while you can still see these beast going around. I am not sure how the future is going to look post-2040, where more and more countries in Europe are starting to ban petrol and diesel cars. While it is great to see that people are doing something to minimise pollution and the effect on climate change, it does mean the demise of the fossil-fuel-powered car.
Before Revival, I only knew an AC Cobra to be as a soft top muscle car that was beautiful to look at. What I learnt after Revival was that as a hard top racer, it looked even faster and meaner. The Corvette Stingray C2 did its best to keep up. The 250LM was almost like a 'unicorn' going to go around the track. In contrast to the Festival of Speed, this event was based at the Motor Circuit rather than the Hillclimb in front of Lord March's house. It allowed you to appreciate the sound and engineering of these cars for a big longer. The setup was fantastic. Old-school leaderboards where the windows were used to reflect the position of the car using its number.
'67 Ford Fastback, '66 Ford GT40, Aston Martin DB5. If you haven't noticed there is a patten here. The 60s produced some amazing pieces of engineering. It makes me think that maybe I should have been born in the 60s. However, I love modern technology too much to let it go.
Let's start with the Fastback. This one in particular is styled after Steve McQueen's car in Bullitt. I have seen classic Mustangs before but not in this styling. They say you should never meet your heroes in real life. I'm not sure this rule applies with cars. It's one thing to see them on a screen going round but to see and experience them in real life is a different story. It's like going to a gig for your favourite singer. Once you have seen them live, it makes you appreciate their music so much more.
Then there was the GT40. There is so much history behind this car that it warrants its own blog entry/movie. (Fun fact: there is a great documentary on the inception of the GT40 to beat Ferrari in the late 60s in LeMans). Nothing compares to seeing it in person. Even the latest iteration (GT GTE 2017) doesn't compare to it.
Last but not least, it is time for the DB5. I still stand by my statement that there is not a single Aston Martin in existence that is ugly. While no DB5 that I saw had ejector seats or machine guns coming out of the grill, the novelty does not wear off. It is a car that anybody would be happy to be seen in, drive it or be driven round. Realistically speaking, you would want to drive it rather than be driven in it.
The Biggest Race of All
The Settrington Cup. This is where it all counts. Everyone lines up for a Le Mans style start. For those that don't know this is where everyone runs to their cars parked up, jumps in, start their car and off they go. However, this race isn't like any other. This race involves kids, jumping into £20,000 pedal cars and racing down the straight of the Motor Circuit. It is a sight to behold and the atmosphere of the crowd is great!
Overall, it was a great day out. The sounds of old school V8s, V10s and V12s are sounds that wills tick with you for week and will carry on giving you goosebumps. There is definitely lots to see and lots to get involved with. It is an escape from the modern world without any political pressures. I hope you guys enjoyed this piece and feel free to check out some my older posts as well! I have also included a bunch of shots through the day I have taken which include a Land Rover Defender with Tank Treads!