Two days to go until the Goodwood Revival revs up, which means two days to muster the courage to rifle through a dusty, spidery attic to find that battered old trunk containing Great Aunt Maud’s furs. Dressing up is obligatory at the Revival: indeed, of all the glorious events taking place throughout the year at the West Sussex home of Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Earl of March and Kinrara, the Revival, a racing festival of classic cars from the golden age of the Goodwood Motor Circuit (1948-1966), is undoubtedly the most fun. There’s a prize of a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a bouquet (for the women) and a bottle of Gordon’s Castle Gin and a Robusto House cigar (for the men) at stake for the Best Dressed winners. And there is, of course, plenty of eye candy for car lovers, too: coo over Aston Martin DB3s, Jaguar D-types and Lotus 30s as they compete in a slew of different races. We’ll particularly be watching out for Saturday’s children’s Settrington Cup, featuring the J40 sports car variant of the Austin pedal-car range.
Vintage speed requires vintage chasers, and this year for the first time Berry Bros. & Rudd are hosting a bar at the event. Make your way to the Brooklands Lawn for a glass of Berrys’ Sancerre by Domaine David Sautereau, or their St Emilion, by Ausone neighbour Château Simard. Or maybe old favourite The King’s Ginger—it’s not just a winter thing. For the proof, try the King’s Summer Cup (The King’s Ginger, Fever Tree lemonade and cranberry juice). The King’s Ginger horsebox marks the spot.
Now, back to that cobwebby search—something tells me they’ll soon get blown away.—Anna Blomefield
Photo: Drew Gibson