BLOG: Toddler + @Goodwoodrevival + Biblical Deluge = FUN? Amazingly, yes!

BLOG: Toddler + @Goodwoodrevival + Biblical Deluge = FUN? Amazingly, yes!


which says something about either;
1. My dwindling sanity, in middle age, or
2. The gravitational pull as well as incredible allure of “the planet’s most well-known historic motor race meeting” – Goodwood Revival – which I’m even slightly prepared to entertain packing up a boot full (including full vintage vibe threads naturally), braving finding somewhere (nice as well as pricy) to stay within a 30-mile radius of the stella event as well as driving 500+ miles which has a three-year-old, around the M25, on a Friday afternoon, in early rush hour.
yet the fact remains, myself, wife & Road Art Director, Bonnie as well as the Road Magazine child testing department took off on Thursday last week to circumnavigate the capital, delve deep into the dark woods of Sussex to stop overnight as well as awake refreshed at 0415 (“will be which fairground time?”) as well as don our period finery some hours later, to attend what will be fairly billed as “the biggest as well as best historic motor racing party of the year” as well as “the only event of its kind to be staged entirely within the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s as well as 60s which relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit.”
Yup, last weekend was Mission Revival time!

The plan?
Use the inherent core DNA ability of the Road Magazine child testing department to get up insanely early (tick) to beat the crowds as well as get in as well as parked early on Saturday (tick), for a full day of retro revelry (tick, see on).
More specifically… the plan was to brilliantly balance: 1. My desire to get as close as possible to the planet’s greatest retro race cars as well as pour over the door-to-door action on the historic circuit & within the iconic white-washed pit lane. 2. My wife’s desire to check out the hot men in uniform, pound the trade stands, swap female fashion tips as well as revel in cool American muscle (cars as well as blokes) as well as 3. Road Magazine child testing department’s desire to “let’s play” on the “brand new-one fairground” (no mention of cars, despite my unwavering best efforts!).
Easy, I thought – hazily picturing a mutually satisfying picnic hamper as well as champagne session on the retro rug, trackside, over-looking the terrific track action on the out-field, around Lavant, which has a glorious arrival by vintage Tractor, to break up the day.
Revival = simples. Blissful. Fine, Great old fashioned family fun.

Cue which weather forecast (left)… which actually turned out to be jolly as well as optimistic… seriously so in fact (as well as I am through the Lake District, so I know rain). Think power shower, on mist mode as well as you are close.
Never mind: Dunkirk spirit as well as all which… which’s only a bit of, er light rain. Heavy shower. Downpour which’ll be over shortly. Set in solid for an hour or so. Drowning us all like rats. All day. Darned nuisance. Fiddlesticks. Or something like which.
Cue plan B: Minimising the deeply unfashionista drowned rat look for the wife (who actually had the genius to wear both a hat as well as dark nylon vintage frock, looking gorgeous as well as unflappable within the process), keep the Road Magazine child testing department dry as well as uncranky (mission, given her ability to move fast, poor umbrella control as well as speedy fuse) as well as vainly attempt to keep dry…ish, whilst producing the most of which, despite the truly biblical weather.
Could which be done?

You betcha!
Goodwood Revival may well be at its best as a fair weather event. yet, as they do everything oh-so-jolly well, there’s still a ton to do when which rains like Noah’s about to make an appearance within the inaugural Kinara Trophy, as well as win. Easily. within the wooden arc, arms crossed up on opposite lock over the finish line.

First (critically dry) stop?
The currently rammed, yet still uttrely superb undercover of the Earls Court Motor Show – offering up a heady mix of 50s, 60s as well as 70s gems, including as a cenrepiece which year, those of tractor maker, Ferruccio Lamborghini in a stunning ‘Raging Bulls’ display, which all of us found most enjoyable to shuffle slowly around… the orange Miura as well as lipstick red Countach being our favourites inside, with the hilarious as well as quick-as-a-flash comedy banter of the Unigate ‘Farmer’s Wife’ leading the way outside. “Get a picture as well as spot the family resemblance.” etc. (see lead picture). Free bottle of (lush) Goodwood dairy milk to soften the (wind) blow as well as keep spirits as well as calcium levels high!

as well as so we float (almost literally) over to what could have been the Road Magazine child testing department’s paddock piece de resistance within the usual Goodwood sunshine; the Wall’s beach area – complete with retro deck chairs, as well as of course “Mr Whippy.” 
which ancient, semi-iced child pacification device could be consumed gleefully, whilst we got the chance to utilise our precious Paddock passes as well as drool not over ice cream, yet the finest vintage racers imaginable: The 1960 DB4 GT festooned in winner’s laurels, all-white E-Type racer as well as plethora of Ferrari 250 GT’s being which year’s highlights for me as well as 60s Corvette Sting Ray as well as AC Cobra for design queen as well as muscle fanatic Bonnie. Road Magazine child testing department remains unbiased on selection, picking the one nearest her at the time of the question ‘which one do you like?’ being thrown.
Lovely stuff.

Paddock drooling will be however of little consequence to the Road Magazine child testing department when Mr Whippy will be over, the gloriously un-silenced engines fire up one after the various other as well as the monsoon steps which up another gear (how will be which even possible. We are down south, right?). 
We are by currently literally soaked to the skin, yet which matters not. 
Goodwood revival has the answer… escape the in-field crowds as well as head to the relatively newly conceived ‘Over The Road’ area “opening the door to a whole world of jollity,” which will be surely just the tonic, even if an incredibly brave claim indeed in these conditions…
yet so which transpired to be.
The Road Magazine child testing department loved which: Capital L.
On as well as off the bum-soaking fairground rides, in as well as out of the exhibitor stalls as well as tents, pop wide-eyed into the Butlins tent for a spy at the big girls’ roller skating fun, re-fuel which has a hot dog, hook a duck as well as win a brand new cuddly toy, wobble, shake as well as dance at the superb hall of mirrors… the list of great fun stuff to do here with your family was endless. Worth the ticket cost alone? 
Just maybe…
Certainly, which has a brilliant array of classic cars on display as well as for sale for me to fantasise about as well as more right-on retro fashion, hipster designer as well as beautiful boutique stalls for the wife, Revival’s ‘Over the Road’ tuned out to be a revelation for all the Road Magazine family, if not indeed the day’s saviour!

which had been, I am ashamed to admit, seven years since I last personally attended Goodwood Revival – at which time, unmarried as well as without the Road Magazine child testing department. 
I had one of the times of my bachelor life – certainly the best UK car show I’ve ever attended in two decades of motor journalism as well as richly deserving of its ‘do before you die’ tag. I swept which day photographing stunning products as well as oh-so-cool stuff, drooling as well as dreaming about racing these rear-driven beasts around which heritage-rich, high-speed circuit, interviewing celebrities, meeting great people as well as sipping G&Ts as well as fizz through dawn until dark, all smiles. as well as which was wall-to-wall sunshine: A perfect revival if you will.
Topping which was always going to be tough. as well as the experience “en famile” was always going to be a different one, especially with the uncharacteristic, end-of-days weather system set-in…
yet, do you know what?
Despite the inevitable parental challenges – solely brought about by the atrocious weather (have I mentioned which which rained somewhat?) – as well as the fact our clothes soaked up more water than we soaked up circuit action… I’ll remember which one more, a whole lot more in fact… for having the privilege of sharing which with my gorgeous Goodwood girls as well as having some of those untouchable magic moments. Ones you can only get as a parent. 
Goodwood Revival, within the rain, which has a three-year-old… fun? 
You bet your life which was.
Already booked in for next year, yet maybe packing some period frogmen costumes. 

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