'Give me Goodwood on a summer's day, you can keep the rest.'
Thus said Roy Salvadori, one of the greats of British motor racing, and thereby epitomising how most people feel about this quiet, 'glorious' corner of West Sussex that comes alive every September in celebration of a by-gone era of English sporting history.
Goodwood's pivotal summer events culminate this weekend with 'Goodwood Revival', a three-day event held on the grounds of Lord March's estate in Sussex. In these three days the modern world is shut out, (it gets so busy that often phone signal goes down) and guests don their tweeds, flannels, frills and frocks and revel in the racing and special events that are offered to rejoice in all things British.
Highlights for this year include the 50th anniversary celebration of Jackie Stewart's maiden outing in a single-seater Formula 3 car; a race exclusively for D-type Jaguars, as well as the bike races and flying displays concurrent with Goodwood. Stars such as Rowan Atkinson and James Martin are all set to take to the circuit, alongside Revival veteran Sir Sterling Moss. Drivers compete for 14 cups, as well participating in parades and shows to celebrate 60 years of the Maserati 650F and the Jaguar D-Type.
As classic jazz, swing, and rock and roll floats through the air, the less car-focused Revivalists sip Pimms, on a walk down 'Memory Lane', where they can shop in a 50s newsagents and discover a classic Michelin garage. There are shopping tents, food halls and out-door bars all offering 'the best of British' dining in the idyllic, down-from-London setting.
From the circuits and the cars, to pins on the hats, intricate details abound at Goodwood, all trying to capture a golden era and induce some truly English nostalgia. This is an atmosphere you can't afford to miss...