I'm going to start by being honest. I'm cheating with this blog post. Sadly I didn't go to the Revival this year. With my school believing that the best way to spend a Saturday is in a classroom and my parents quite happy to go without me, I once again miss the chance to dress up and enjoy some motor racing. So instead I am going to explain why this is the event to go to next year (sorry for the lack of photos!!)
The Goodwood Revival has come to epitomise the glamour and excitement of historic motor racing. Now considered the greatest historic motor sport event in the world, it is as much a celebration of the fashion and style of the mid 20th century as it is of the cars and planes. For one weekend you are able to forget the modern world and indulge in the elegance of the past. Huge effort goes into transporting the track and grounds back in time - 1940's bicycles are carefully abandoned in hedges, fish and chips are served in 1950's newspaper, and land girls drive around in WWII jeeps. To add authenticity and nostalgia to the Revival, attendees go to considerable lengths to dress from the period; Carnaby girls, Starlets and Divas wander around the vintage market whilst Teddy-Boys and Mods admire the bikes.
There is plenty of racing over the weekend with cars and motorbikes from Goodwood's heyday taking to the track once more. Famous faces also get involved, ranging from experienced drivers such as Damon Hill and David Coulthard to enthusiasts like Mr Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson and Sir Chris Hoy, who has traded in 2 wheels for 4. However, the Revival incorporates far more than classic cars and hours can be spent wandering through the maze that is the Revival Market which boasts some of the best names on the vintage fashion scene.
The Goodwood Revival is a magical weekend, a unique chance to revel in the allure and glamour of motor racing from an era when even Vogue couldn't fail but recognise the style of Daimler SP250 (cover Nov 1959). So for those of you lucky enough to be going have fun and for those who aren't make sure you go next year and enjoy a weekend of nostalgia, fashion and wheel-to-wheel racing