Next Year In Goodwood

…not Jerusalem (with apologies to Tribe Readers).

If there is one motoring event I want to attend — yeah, even more than the F1 GP at Spa Francorchamps — it is the Goodwood Revival weekend event, which took place last weekend.  For those who are not familiar with the festivities, it is an annual event wherein respect is paid to times gone by in the automotive world, and it could also be called a long, large costume party, as people are encouraged to wear clothes from a bygone era.  I even have clothing picked out for the occasion.

Before we look at the cars, though, let’s look at a sample of attendees from this year’s event:

And my absolute favorite outfit, for all the best reasons:

But enough of the finery;  let’s get on with the real stuff, starting with the grid girls:

And they’re off!

Finally:  it’s not all about cars, you know…

This is #1 on Ye Olde Buckette Lyst.

Next year, I promise.


  1. The captain (RAF?) and wife wearing the fox stole should have taken the prize this year. Very classy!

    Have been to Beaulieu three times over the years and countless autojumbles but never Goodwood.

    Post ahead if you do plan to go. Wife and I may very well do so as well.


  2. On my list as well. I’ve been to Rennsport twice, but the Festival of Speed is next. Nothing like seeing rich guys flogging their Multi-million dollar collector cars around a track in the manner they were built to be used. They even bend a few. — Don’t worry a few million in the restoration shop and 3 years from now we can do it all over again.

    …. and if you hurry you can still view the Live stream at

    1. The Festival of Speed has got too big and too popular and the modernisations like GAS are not to my taste. I still go.

    2. “…a few million in the restoration shop…”
      At a Monterey Rolex Event too many years ago, I heard a variation of that when a “gentleman driver” brought his GTO into the paddock after his race, and his wife was upset that a front corner was crumpled. “We fixed it before, we can fix it again – it’s a race car. Now, climb in and we’ll go back to the hotel.” She did, and they did, and were back the next year.

      “YJV 911” – had one of those as a “driver” in San Diego back in the ’80’s – 3.8, 4sp w/od, the wires, and RHD – times were good.

      Kim, with a collection of woolens & tweeds such as that, how can you NOT go?

  3. I’d imagine they’re at least nominally in attendance, but at least in the selected pictures there is a distinct dearth of train smash women thereabouts.

      1. Hence my desire to attend. You wouldn’t catch me dead at Aintree at the Grand National — or anywhere near Liverpool in general — for example.

    1. I can attest that that there were too many of those. But a lot of the plus-sized women chose to dress in period-appropriate ways that flattered or disguised their figures: overalls, dungarees, and so on.

  4. Looks like a lovely event. A big +1 to the classy comment. My mom always said “no matter how wealthy or poor you are you can always conduct yourself with class”

  5. You’re kidding me. I’ve just spent the last three days there. The cars are, of course, magnificent. And the ladies. ..

      1. I expect The Englishman will clue you in fully but if you do want a good ticket you want to book as soon as they become available. I’ll try to remember to let you know.

  6. This looks like my kind of event.

    Which is ironic since I spend a good bit of (as many as I can get yard-passes from my wife for, at least) at NASCAR races wearing wife-beaters and purchasing pithy, uber-conservative tee-shirts.

    I wear a good bit of British apparel at my law office, Kim, where did you find these fine tweed garments?

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  8. I’ve been watching as much of the current videos as I can find. Ah, track time memories… The wet tarmac driving is vastly entertaining, as that is how I learned to get a good feel for traction and suspension feedback. You play with it at a much lower speed on the street, due to the lack of ultimate stick with street compounds, so the learning curve is cheap and reasonably safe.

    The potential drawback is that you get very comfortable pushing any vehicle at it’s actual handling limits, and you can easily frighten passengers that are along for the ride, even if they think they are experienced. Very very seldom did this routine with anyone in the vehicle. Last time was memorable.

    Friend had one of the last version of the Rx-7. I had a couple hours of delivering it to him near Monterey Raceway so we could watch a race, so I was comfortable with it. So, he takes me for a ride on his favorite back woods road near his north bay home. Couple of passes down the road, and we swap seats, and I am entranced at the handling of that little “race car with plates” (Car&Driver) when pushed hard. I make one pass, and look at him and realize I’ve scared him badly, as his face is deathly white, and his hand on the grip rail is clenched so tight it is also white. He was a licensed bike roadracer, and his breathed-on Ducati had been clocked on the track at better than 170mph, so he should have been comfortable pushing it a bit, I thought. My speed over his section was clearly much greater than he was used to. I never looked at the speedo during that run, so I had no clue what our speed differential was. I never did that with a passenger again.

    Thinking about this has brought up what I found wrong about the wet track videos. The most obvious action I saw was the drivers sawing the steering wheel very quickly back and forth. Too quickly, like it is a nervous twitch they can’t control. I think they are feeling suspension or tire movement/flex, and instantly thinking they must react to it to stay in control. They are constantly upsetting the car as a result. They are not being smooth in their inputs. Let the car float. If it doesn’t feel floaty, you’re probably not going fast enough. You aren’t actually at the limit, most likely. Dad was a NASCAR type racer back when they raced on dirt tracks, when I was an infant, and I got to watch him drive cars hard on occasion when I got to be old enough to ride around with him on the street. He was smooooth.

    1. Had that experience demo’ing an Elan S2 on Angelus Crest Highway back when they were new.
      The usual routine was to take the car up the road from Foothill Blvd in La Canada (I don’t know how to put that silly squiggle above the “n”) showing the fine torque of the engine in the lower range. When the road got twisty, just put it in 3rd, and drive the road – one hand on the wheel, the left arm perched on the door. When we got to where the highway split to go to Palmdale, we’d stop and change seat.
      Now, this customer had in the before-drive interview seemed rather experienced, so I had no trepidation about the upcoming drive. But, a half dozen corners into the twisties – without crossing the centerline, and no squealing from the stock Dunlop tyres, he had turned white and asked to go back to the dealership.
      In ’65, some were just not ready for Colin Chapman.
      Needless to say, I did not make a sale that afternoon.

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