If you have never been to the Revival festival at Goodwood, you could be forgiven for thinking that Tweed is the preserve of Game Keepers in Scotland and a handful of country gents. However, every year a smorgasbord of some of the most incredible (and valuable) classic and vintage cars converge at Goodwood circuit. This is unlike a meet at a Tesco’s car park on a Saturday night, where the shiny brigade show off their prize metal incarnations, because the boys and girls at Goodwood are here to race. So what I hear you say, but you need to recalibrate your brain to take into account the machines here include some of the rarest motors on the planet, think 250 GTO California’s and D Type Jags. Yes, these guys are climbing into £30 Million machines, that many buy purely as investment vehicles, and swopping paint with similar exotics. The weekend has evolved over the years, as a decade or so ago dressing for the era was not embraced by all, things have changed and from what UGD observed this year, 9 out of 10, have donned the Tweed and were very definitely rocking the vintage look.
Around 8 cars met at the Kennels on the estate for Breakfast, with cars including an Aston DB11, DBS, AMG GTS, Vinatge Logonda and a Porsche 964 amongst others. Our members were then driven to the circuit in a variety of vintage vehicles including a 1940’s Police van, all to add to the vintage feel of the day. Refreshments were laid on in the Officers Mess, conveniently located opposite one of the Grandstands and offering a fantastic view of the track.
The racing was superb, made even more jaw dropping by the constant rain and lake like conditions on the track, irrespective of which all the cars were out being campaigned and slid around on track. It really is a spectacle like no other to see these unicorns of cars being raced as they were intended for all those years ago when they rolled out of the factories. So, hats off to the intrepid racers and owners, and a big thanks to the guys at Goodwood for their hospitality.