With a glorious sense of nostalgia and fond memories of the sights and sounds of the 1950s and 1960s still fresh in our minds, we’ve compiled a small selection from the hundreds of photos we took on our recent visit to the Goodwood Revival motoring festival.
Unique in the UK, the world famous three-day festival held every September at the Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex recreates a golden era of motor sport. Goodwood Revival features historic racing cars including Grand Prix, sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars and rarely seen Formula Juniors – many of which are driven by famous racing drivers and celebrity enthusiasts.
Between 1948 and 1966 Goodwood hosted contemporary racing of all kinds, including Formula One, the famous Goodwood Nine Hours race and the celebrated Tourist Trophy sports car race.
The first Goodwood Revival festival was in 1998 with the restored circuit unchanged from its heyday. Many visitors wear appropriate period clothing and no modern vehicles are allowed within the circuit perimeter throughout the weekend (except modern fire and rescue vehicles). There are also theatrical sets around the grounds that bring the past back to life, including a full size Tesco supermarket selling dozens of products in specially recreated authentic vintage packaging.
The attention to (period) detail across the entire event is meticulous, even down to the race marshals’ armbands made from card and string, which all helps to create the wonderful illusion of stepping back in time to a bygone era.