The Veuve Clicquot Run to Goodwood 2015 > Part 2 >> The Goodwood Revival, West Sussex, England
So you’ve read part 1 I take it, and you’re up to speed with how we arrived?
This historic motorcar and aviation Revival runs over 3 days, and offers you the chance to step back in time to enjoy the nostalgia and glamour of the 40s, 50s and 60s. The Goodwood track is filled with classic cars and bikes that would have competed during 1948-1966, and everyone who attends gets involved.
Part of the excitement of the Goodwood Revival is the run up to the event, sourcing your outfits, and deciding on how you’d like your hair set at the hairdressers who install pop up tents at the entrance to the track so all the ladies can be transformed into their chosen era. Once you are through the gates, it’s like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s not just planes, cars and motorcycles that take centre stage at the Revival, fashion is also at the heart of the Goodwood Revival.
As guests of Veuve Clicquot for another year, our base for the weekend was in one of the hospitality Pavilions in front of the track, one of the most impressive spectator locations, and never far from a glass of bubbly.
With unlimited access to the exclusive paddocks, Goodwood Mess and Officer’s Club we were able to watch all the cars being prepped before their races and taking their marks on the starting lines, the Revival with VCP is a weekend you never forget.
Arriving mid morning on the first day in our own fleet of classic cars, we took a tour around the paddocks before a champagne paired 4 course lunch. With a huge plasma screen installed in our pavillion to watch each race on, we were sure not to miss a thing.
Sir John Young “Jackie” Stewart OBE was our guest of honour for lunch on the first day, who shared with us his story of how he started the trend of the ‘champagne spray’. Sir Jackie told that when collecting his winning cup for one of his races many years ago, the organisers had left a magnum of champagne on the podium during the 2 hour race, so when they encouraged him to drink the champagne from the cup he’d been presented, on popping the cork and after the bottle being in the sun so long the champagne exploded and being one to want to save the champagne placed his thumb over the top only to soak the crowd infront of him. A charming man who we could have all listened to for hours.
After lunch we headed back to the paddock to see the competitors for this years Settrington Cup. 46 J40 pedal cars registered this year, and in my opinion it’s the most brilliant race of the weekend. To see all the kiddies with their parents in the lead up to this race is the sweetest thing. Notice the girl sucking her thumb above!
Now Camille and I may have missed the memo, but this year the Revival was celebrating the mini-skirt, and so a giant 60s bullseye installation with a host of gorgeous girls modelling some beautiful 60s outfits was set up by the Veuve Clicquot marquee. So as the afternoon tea dances were in full swing you had these girls strutting their stuff in their little Sixties bubble.
Finding all my favourites via the numbers game…
Afternoon Tea back at our Pavillion
Guillaume Cadot & Etienne Raynaud
I had fond memories of meeting the Gendarmerie last year so was happy to see them again this year.
One of the last races of the day, and all the cars ready to head back to the paddock.
The Friday #RuntoGoodwood Team
Another unforgettable weekend with some wonderful friends, and as a few of you know it marked a very special 1 year anniversary for me. To drive over from Paris in such a fleet of incredible cars, you can imagine my sadness when the team drove off into the distance on Sunday morning to catch the ferry back to France. With some everlasting memories, fingers crossed we can all make it again next year.
Pictures c/o Remi Dargegen, Cadot & LWSY
To see last years adventures, click here.