As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I’m a huge fan of the Goodwood Festival of Speed (having attended six times at the last count), but had never been to the Revival meeting, until now.
The incentive was as a Birthday present for my Dad, who will celebrate his 80th this December and so a “special” gift was required. I thought that he would enjoy seeing the cars, drivers & circuit that he had watched as a young man.
So, last Saturday at silly O’clock in the morning my Son & I picked up my Dad and we set off to Sussex. Dealing with torrential rain, queues on the M25 (OK, nothing special there!) and slow traffic on the country lanes approaching Goodwood, we finally arrived, to be greeted by clearing skies with Spitfires flying overhead – nice start!
After grabbing a well-deserved bacon butty & cup of tea (from Airstream style food vans with staff in flat caps!) we started to explore. On our walk down the Lavant straight we stopped in the grandstand and watched the salon car racing – wonderful stuff with tiny Mini’s being hounded by huge Ford Galaxies and Mk2 Jag’s battling with Ford Anglia’s.
On arriving at the main straight area we were amazed at the extent of the event, a period traveling fair, High Street, Butlins and various other side shows and stands. Plus the paddock area, where all the cars could be seen. As well as all the staff and competitors being dressed in period costume at least 50% of the visitors (including my Dad) were also dressed in varying styles from the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s just adding to the whole atmosphere of the event, to the point where I think many people would enjoy the event, even if they are not particularly bothered by motorsport.
All the time there was also track action going on including bikes, Sports cars, Single Seaters, and tributes to Fangio & the Jaguar E-Type. And just to complete that period feel, from time to time classic planes including a Spitfire would take off & soar over the circuit.
After looking at many of the attractions we got a tractor trailer ride back to the grandstands at Lavant Corner in time to watch the last couple of races before heading home.
So, did my Dad enjoy his day – absolutely. Will I be going to the Revival meeting again – quite possibly, but the Festival of Speed is next Summer….!