Over a weekend each September, a patch of countryside north of Chichester in West Sussex reverts back to the 1950s for the Goodwood Revival vintage event. Goodwood’s motor racing circuit opened in 1948 and was used for endurance races in the 1950s before it closed in 1966. Later the circuit and buildings were restored and refurbished and the first Goodwood Revival was held in 2006, 50 years to the day after it closed. Everything on the site – from cars and aircraft to music and fashion – dates back to the circuit’s 1948–1966 heyday, with over 300,000 visitors over three days this year.
With classic sports cars screeching around the race circuit, land girls in a 1950s jeep, Dad’s Army marching past, and women in Betty Draper-style circle dresses… Goodwood Revival is more than just a weekend away to a different place, its a trip to a whole different time period. For a weekend in September each year, the Goodwood classic motor racing circuit near Chichester steps 50 years back in time. Almost nothing has changed since then – from the tractor trailers which get you onto the site to the 1950s newspapers wrapping your fish and chips, the attention to detail is amazing.