Over in the UK, the Goodwood Revival is just getting underway. It’s a race-weekend/fancy-dress garden party, where people dress up in period attire to match the vintage and historic cars that battle it out over the course of three days. The racing is the antithesis of what we saw a few weeks ago in Monterey, although the cars are no less rare or valuable. And best of all, the entire thing is streamed on YouTube:
The Goodwood circuit was one of the UK’s fastest. It was built in Sussex on the Goodwood Estate in 1948 but closed in 1966 as it became too dangerous for the cars of the time. When Lord March (who owns the estate) realized the success of his Goodwood Festival of Speed, a decision was made to reopen the circuit, but the only racing that happens there is for classic cars. What makes the Revival truly amazing are both the cars and drivers that turn up to compete.
For one thing, you literally won’t see an assortment of cars like these anywhere other than at Laguna Seca during Car Week. As I type this, nine (!) Ford GT40s are lapping a rather wet track in search of pole position for the Whitsun Trophy, which happens on Saturday afternoon. (Did I mention all the races have cool names?) Second, everyone takes the racing a lot more seriously than in California—a lot. Part of that is the driver lineup; in addition to the wealthy amateurs, pros are drafted in for the weekend.