Looking to indulge in the romance and glamor of motor racing as it use to be? 

You simply can’t do better than the Goodwood Revival, close to Chichester, in southern England.  This year, the famed Revival is being held between September 16th-18th, with independent events preceding and following the official show.

It’s been a while since I have been at the Goodwood Revival, but simply walking through the parking lots on the way to the entrance was a treat.  Scattered about were every manner of classic and exotic automobiles, many I had never seen before, a great number of them I considered stealing.  How difficult can it be to push start a mid-30’s Alfa Romeo?

A few things to know if you’ve decided to make a last-minute trip to the event, and here, the folks running the show make it easy with a website with all the information you should have to let you navigate the Goodwood Revival. I’ve included a link at the bottom for your convenience.

First, as they have outlined, dress in period, as almost everyone else does.  Indulge your fantasies of an RAF fighter pilot, mid-50’s mechanic, or post-war bon vivant, whatever that looks like in your mind. Beau Brummel might be over the top, but just channel your inner Winston Churchill, and you’ll be right on target.  

Second, plan to be there both days as the racing is absolutely terrific with both pro and amateur racers going at it in vintage Ferraris, Jaguars, and other amazing marques, while competing for attention with the amazing air show taking place simultaneously.  Vintage WW ll aircraft share the skies with Vulcan bombers, Spitfires, and Messerschmitts, all roaring overhead. Truly amazing sites in the air and on the ground.

The world’s greatest historic motor race meeting, and the only sporting event of its kind to be staged entirely in a period theme. Revival is an immersive celebration of a less disposable world, where “make do and mend” was a way of life. This year, alongside the high-octane action on the circuit, the Revive & Thrive Village will breathe new life into this ethos, sharing how to revive time-worn treasures.


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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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