GoodWood Revival 2012
This weekend I went to the famous Goodwood Revival event in Chichester, UK and honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect before going. I’ve never heard about it in the past and the pitch was the following: A meeting of passionate people which recreates the golden era of motorsport from the 50′s to the 70′s. Yes, I’m talking about cars and motorcycles older than me.
When I arrived at the historic track of Goodwood on Saturday morning I was in a flat spin. I would have never expected to see so many old and beautiful cars gathering in the same place for a weekend. Those kind of cars you’ve seen in old movies or google images, because yes, they’re rare and you scarcely spot them on the road. Where are they usually hidden by the way?! Like a kid in a toy shop I stop every 5 meters to take a photo, Fords, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lotus, Mercedes as well as car manufacturer’s I’ve never heard about. This is mental to enjoy this “show” surrounded by the sound of the old engines racing on the track at the same time.
The atmosphere is unreal. The engines are shrilling, the cars are screeching and on the top of that almost everybody is dressed up like in the 50′s or 60′s. This is absolutely fantastic to get so many people to respect such an uncommon dress code. The people at Goodwood deserve a full gallery!
In another hand I’ve been lucky enough to get a lap on the track as a passenger in a Ford GT40 MkIII from the 60′s. Yeah I know you’re jealous right now. This car is a beast and Ford produced only 7 of them as a road-car only. As if it was supposed to be a road-car, there is absolutely no room in there, and you are properly lying down on the seat! The first feeling is that you feel compressed and you’re quite low. But once the V8 starts, you’re just super excited. So we went for a lap and I can tell you that the acceleration and the sensation of speed is unbelievable with the V8 screaming on the back of your head. For the story the “40″ of GT40 has been chosen because the car’s height is 40 inches. I managed to film a segment of the lap, it’s quite shaky but at least you’ll understand the feeling.
What a weekend ! The GoodWood Revival is an amazing piece of British culture and a must-see for every car’s lover on the planet. The atmosphere is totally unbelievable, people are coming from the past and there is everything you need there to spend a fantastic time. My only trouble right now is to make a selection of photos to publish with this post, I’ve got so many!