Stepping back in time at Goodwood Revival

Last September we went to Goodwood Revival which is a celebration of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s in both motoring and fashion.  It was Ken’s birthday present which he couldn’t believe that I’d bought for him due to my less than enthusiastic reactions to cars – but, anything for my beloved.
The first revival meet was in 1998 as a commemoration of an earlier event and now it is a firm fixture in the racing festival calendar. 
It was such a great day, and nearly everyone there had really excelled themselves in their outfits – we went for 50’s glamour though can I just say I felt a little sorry for Ken in his outfit as it was a lovely sunny day.  What do you think, could we step back in time and pass for a grooving 50’s couple?
There was so much more to see than just cars, with lots of retro stands and there were lots of commemorative events for the war – the below group were doing Dad’s Army and several of them were such good doubles for the originals.
So Ken was in his element looking at cars – I’m really sorry but as I was in charge of the camera I took pictures of cars that appealed to me rather than the cars that were maybe the rarest or the most important.

I also tried to take pictures that show you some of the great outfits that people were sporting on the day – the women definitely had more choice than the men.

More cars.

My beloved looking like he belongs in the Blues Brothers movie.  He was very sweet and treated me to a lovely glass of champagne in the sun – we were being very posh.  It was a good spot to sit and people watch.

We saw lots of great couples walk past but I thought this couple looked great – really suited the era.

Now one of the things I had to do on the day was become a little bit of a stalker!! The lovely James Martin (chef, tv host, and petrol head) was racing at the festival so I had to track him down and perve on him for a moment.  Below is his car and then a picture of him looking gorgeous. Did I mention that I have a very patient husband?

There were lots of races throughout the day and we found some really good vantage spots to watch them.

Loved the below – a bomb shelter with teddy bears dressed in retro gear.

One of the themes of the festival in 2014 was the mods and the rockers – it was 50 years since in the clashes at British seaside resorts between the two groups.  The story of the Brighton riot was told in the film Quadrophenia.  So as expected there were lots of motorbikes (rockers) and scooters (mods) on display and each day they had a recreation of the clashes. There was even a mini Brighton pier with sand and deckchairs.

The empty bottles around the bikes are meant to be there – all to add to the atmosphere.

There were lots of great old cars that had been converted into hotrods/ratrods, which Ken loves.  Ratrods are the ones that are really rough looking whereas the hotrods are nice and shiny – well that’s my female perspective on it.  Here’s a selection for you.

There was a swing band playing and lots of people were dancing in front of the stage – it was fantastic watching people get their groove on in their retro gear.

Here’s some more great outfits for you to enjoy – the sixties couple were fabulous so we had to ask them if they would pose for a picture as I loved the way they looked.

The below car is a Messerschmitt which was obviously a car for children as I don’t know how anyone with a bit of height could get into it.

At the end of the day we walked through the fairground which was set up across the road – I love the old fashioned merry go rounds lit up at dusk.  I was also loving these gorgeous driftwood horses – wishing that we had room to put on in the flat as I’m sure the cats would love it.

Final shot is of a car that was in the car park that Ken loved – apparently it’s a VW Karmann Ghia convertible.

So that’s our very belated post about our day at Goodwood Revival – this years is in September so if you like cars and you like vintage/retro then this is the event for you.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and keep smiling.

Pamela & Ken

P.S:  Our favourite ladies of the day.

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