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!
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?
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!