Glorious Goodwood Revival

Last weekend we had the privilege of an invited entry to Goodwood Revival.  My son had a last minute offer of a ride in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy Race.  This event is 3 days of pure vintage magic and we hadn’t been for 7 years so we expected some changes.

There is a an expected level of attention to detail with anything that the Goodwood team do and we were not disappointed.  However what makes this event so special is the amount of Audience participation with the majority of visitors and competitors dressing the part in vintage outfits.  Within the circuit itself there is no post 1966 vehicles allowed once the set up is complete on the Wednesday this means all transporters and campers are in the Field Paddocks across the road.  Never will you see so many swish enormous motor homes and transporters with vintage caravans and NAAFI tents between!   Apparently Noel Edmonds was our neighbour but he never called round.

This will give you an idea of how far we had to walk every day to get out the paddock  (or to the loo in the middle of the night) and the same again into the circuit, hence the blisters.

Dressed for the day framed in the door of our nearly vintage (read Tatty) caravan

First walk into the paddock and we passed through the Goodwood Market all lovely stalls selling appropriate vintage wares and some familiar names

Retro Tesco’s selling Double Diamond 4 packs for £2.50! well it would be rude not to wouldn’t it?  They also had shelves filled with retro packaging brought back some memories.  Alongside was a retro Kenwood shop and Biba

All the phone boxes were cash machines and everywhere there were Jive bands with people dancing and singing trios

As competitors we had access to the Rolex Hospitality which is themed like a gentleman’s club in the foyer with leather sofas and then the Mess Tent where they serve endless meals and refreshments all day for 3 days.

Watching the bikes in the Mess tent on a Bakerlite TV (was actually waiting for phone to charge on handy gang extension I spotted under it)  Note that even the prams went retro, all the mum’s I asked said they were a joy to use.

The entry to the hospitality is always themed and this year it was very An English Patient with desert rats and planes and of course camels

oh and the odd celebrity, Belstaff  Boy Ewan McGregor was there of course supporting the Motorcyclists fraternity.

The view from the ‘front lawn’ of the hospitality is pretty special too.  Duffy came to watch some planes and there were more F1 drivers past and present than you could throw a stick at.  Don’t like to take photos without permission in there as they are expecting some privacy so you’ll have to take my word for it.

These are dapper friends of ours Uncle Jim and Terry

My Sunday outfit please note the flat shoes, oh my poor feet!

The main attraction of the Front Lawn are the planes, Mustangs, Spitfires, Lancasters all performing stunning displays throughout the weekend.

Now the reason for the weekend was the Bikes and the racing.  This is the picture that made the Daily Telegraph website of our Sam running to take the bike  (no. 23)  off 2x TT winner Ian Duffers for his Le Mans style start.

The Beautiful Arthur’s Chicks who were the Promo girls of the weekend, Stirling job ladies!

True professional she couldn’t accept a coat for a borrow in the Sunday Chill, Sam was prepared to keep her warm though.

Some views from our viewing station stop the pits.

Great new event Pedal car race featuring some up and coming youngsters, commentated on by Murray Walker was really fun.

Some post race posing Sam with James Hayden and Richard Ellis

Sam’s generous bike owner  Graham Austin who was well pleased with the weekend result.  Sam and Ian finished 9th which was pretty impressive with such a large field.

The Full field of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy Race Goodwood Revial 2012

…and the final detail, signing the tank for posterity

Here’s hoping to go again some day, with a little more notice for getting those all important outfits together.