With the coming of winter, England has now once more reverted to its grey and miserable ‘mud island’ period. Looking back, it is hard to believe that I attended the glorious Goodwood – bathed in autumn sunshine – only a few months ago.

The annual Revival event at the Goodwood Circuit in Sussex is an enchanting step back in time to the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be in Goodwood’s heyday, from 1948 to 1966. The famous names of that era include legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and later Jim Clark and Graham Hill.

The circuit’s owner, the Earl of March, was behind the introduction of the regular Revival event which has now not only been firmly established in the international motorsport calendar, but has also become one of the biggest historic motorsport events and is the only one to be staged entirely in period dress. This period dress code means tweeds and trilbies for men, and furs and frocks for the ladies. Goodwood’s history as a wartime fighter base is also reflected in the way some people dress.

 

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Pieter de Lange
Pieter de Lange

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