Get Thee to the Goodwood Revival

2016 Goodwood Revival Ford GT GT40
The old and new Ford GTs looked right at home among the rarified machinery

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Goodwood Revival in Chichester, England (about an hour south of London). This event takes place on Lord March’s sprawling estate, and if the words “Lord” and “sprawling” paint images of wealth and decadence in your brain, good. You’re getting an idea of what the Goodwood Revival is all about.

2016 Goodwood Revival Ford GT40
There were six original Ford GT40s racing at the event — in the rain

If there’s a downside to the Goodwood Revival it’s that it wrecks you for every other high-end car show. I’ve attended Pebble Beach 10 times, and every time it’s felt like a very special occasion with rarified machinery. The Goodwood Revival feels more specialized, with even higher caliber machinery.

2016 Goodwood Revival Vintage Race Cars
Race cars from the earliest eras of racing showed up for real wheel-to-wheel action

And perhaps the best part of this show is how easy it is to get around…once you arrive. As a guest of Subaru of America, I was lucky enough to be flown into Lord March’s estate by helicopter, and I was by no means alone. There were multiple helicopters landing on Lord March’s airstrip every time I visited it in the course of 2 days.

2016 Goodwood Revival Lamborghinis
A retro “new car” dealership display had vintage Lamborghini dream cars looking ready to buy

Anyway, once you get to the Goodwood Revival you can easily walk between the race course, the race paddock, the large Bonhams auction tent, the massive vendor displays and the vintage car dealership set up to show off classic cars as if they were being sold from a new car showroom.

2016 Goodwood Revival Motorcycles
Vintage motorcycle racing added to the show’s breadth of excitement

The race track’s heyday was from 1948 to 1966, but now it only operates 5 days a year during special events (like this one). And because Lord March is not only a car fan but also a motorcycle and airplane fan you can see vast numbers of vintage bikes and planes, many of the latter flying around the event between races.

2016 Goodwood Revival World War 2 Plane
World War II planes were also on display — and flying about the show between races

If you’re a fan of old-world style, in both cars, bikes, planes and people, there’s simply nothing else like the Goodwood Revival to satisfy your need for vintage speed. If you haven’t yet been, please put this on your bucket list.

2016 Goodwood Revival Classic Ladies
The vintage theme extends to show patrons at The Goodwood Revival

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