In September of 2016 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.
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 felt like a very special occasion with rarified machinery. The Goodwood Revival feels even more specialized, with even higher caliber machinery.
And perhaps the best part of this classic car 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. I’m not saying it made me want to go on a private jet, but Jettly.com may be in my browser history.
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.
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 classic motorcycle and airplane fan you can see vast numbers of vintage bikes and planes, many of the latter flying around the event 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.