Goodwood – Part 1

The Goodwood Revival is one of ‘The’ events of the vintage and classic car calendar.

Like any large scale event, it has its challenges, but the attention to detail and sheer number of vintage and classic cars (never mind Aeroplanes) in one place mean it is a must do event.

This year was to be the first that Blue Diamond ‘officially’ attended. A stand was out of the question but a small BBQ on the Friday evening for friends and customers was the order of the day. I was also able to welcome my business partner and his wife, along with Ian Gladstone and his wife, and Keith Pointing with his wife to our Friday gathering.

In order to support the gathering, I was joined by a capable back up team. Namely, my wife Helen, sister-in-law Rachael, and her other half Dave, plus a good friend Charlotte. These were the people responsible for keeping the food and drink flowing so they were very important to the weekend.

All were attending the revival for the first time, for some it was their first experience of vintage motoring!

Attending the Revival is all about the detail. For the girls, this involved many hours of outfit selection and co-ordination.

For Dave and I, it simply involved a shirt and a pair of overalls, the latter were to prove essential when Nick Topliss asked for some assistance over the weekend.

Nick was short of ‘pushers’ as his son had recently started his placement year. Dave and I were happy to assist, this help gave us access to the inner paddock and all the great and good of Goodwood. The first two pictures show us ‘in action’, the second shows the Wilton girls and their final preparations. Finally, Jamie Crabb looking the dapper racing driver in his father’s stunning ERA.

The Goodwood experience is one that delights at every twist and turn. I am fortunate enough to be a member of the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC). One of the benefits this allows at the Revival is entry to the members pavilion. It is here that the attention to detail really sticks out, not a thing is out of place and it all looks and feels so period.

Over the road, Bonhams had a stunning array of vehicles for sale– from the sublime in an Aston to the, well, different in a DKUW. Truly something for everyone!

Part two will cover the racing and the BD evening, I hope you have enjoyed reading about our trip.