For years I’ve had an abiding love of old cars, and especially old racing cars. I no longer own a car (just an old motor bike) but since I’ve been back in England I’ve taken the opportunity to attend the Goodwood Revival Meeting in Sussex with friends.
The Goodwood Motor Circuit was one of the most important tracks in the world in the 1950s and 60s before safety and noise considerations closed it down. In 1998 Earl March, who owns the circuit, arranged to re-open it on one weekend a year for a special event.
Great effort was taken to make sure the circuit looked as much as possible like it did in the 60s, the best historic racing cars in the world were invited, and everyone – spectators included – was expected to turn up in period clothing. It was a roaring success.
Since then the Revival has become a key part of international motor racing’s social scene, with many very successful drivers signing up to have fun driving the very same cars their heros drove fifty years ago.
The event is now also riding the wave of vintage fashion and music which so many people enjoy. It’s a really great weekend.