Weekend Reading: 2013 Goodwood Revival

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I’ve written here before about an Australian site called Any Given Reason. It’s written by a guy in Adelaide, South Australia, named Andrew Coles.

If you’re not following Any Given Reason yet, I hope his post on the Goodwood Revival will convince you to do so.

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The 2013 Revival was held back in September and Andrew attended the event as part of a holiday that took him everywhere a motoring enthusiast could ever want to go. It’s taken him 3 months to write the Revival post on his website and when you read it, I think you’ll understand why. This is detailed work. You can almost smell the oil and rubber as you read.

Andrew is not only an extremely knowledgable and capable writer, he’s a great photographer, too. I’d wager he took well over 1000 photos at Goodwood. Taking in every detail of such a comprehensive event and filtering such a huge collection of photos takes time – and that’s if you do it poorly. To do it this well is a genuine achievement.

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It’s not easy to transport readers halfway around the world and accurately convey not just an event, but an atmosphere. Trust me, I’ve tried. But Andrew has done it and done it beautifully.

An excerpt:

But what is so wrong with our hobby these days is that the cars we love are rapidly becoming investment grade commodities. In a world of financial turmoil, classic cars are increasingly seen as bluechip investments; superannuation portfolios and bankers are buying them up and stashing them away.

What makes the Revival so special is that it is a giant two-fingered salute to that whole world. This event is for the people who like to use their classics, and use them hard. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Nick Mason, an Anthony Bamford or just some bloke who turns up in the MGB he’s scrimped and saved for.

And that’s just the conclusion.

You won’t believe some of the racing that goes on at the Goodwood Revival, or the trouble that organisers, exhibitors and attendees go to to ensure that the scene is appropriately set for the period.

Andrew Coles has put the Goodwood Revival on my bucket list. Read his review of the event and he might just put it on yours, too.

Click to read: Any Given Reason’s review of the 2013 Goodwood Revival.

Photos used with permission

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4 Comments

  1. I disagree with his conclusion. Most of the cars that he mentions were never cheap. I’m sure that the selling price of a GT40 or a 250GT reached a low point 40 years ago, but there’s nothing wrong with the fact that such unique objects are highly valued.
    For every “bubble” car (early 911, 356 Speedster), there are dozens of unfashionable cars that are just as much fun to drive. MGBs, for instance, are available for less-than-Kia money in perfect shape (in North America at least, where most of them were originally sold).

    1. You might need to cut him a little slack for writing from an Australian perspective, with the Australian classic market in mind. You can still buy a cheap-ish classic here, but it IS remarkable how many models – what you might call second or third tier classics – are rising in price here in Oz. When I started looking for a Fulvia, local Italian enthusiasts assured me I could get a good one for around $10K. The only one I saw at that money hadn’t been driven in 10 years and needed a full restoration.

      Another example: A year ago you could buy three or four different 105 series Alfas under or around $10K at any given time. Right now, the cheapest 1750 coupe is $25K. The cheapest 2000 coupe is $20K. There’s one 1600 Junior for around $16K.

      The Aussie market might be different to some in that we didn’t feel the GFC like many places did. Values of these ‘assets’ didn’t fall through the floor like they did in some countries, except maybe Aussie muscle cars, which have dropped a bit but were over-priced anyway.

  2. Interesting how 105 prices seem to mirror the global economic status over time. Values sink rapidly in some circumstances and then a few years later, in a different climate, they jump up again, but often to higher values. It could be worth plotting a graph of 105 advertised values against the Aussie dollar and the US dollar over the last 25 years.
    I remember when an original 2000GTV was $6000, and our dollar was 50 US cents. And petrol was 60cents per Litre.
    Those that want their money back on expensive full body resto’s tend to hang out for years to recoup their expenses too. These were the same guys who spent up big on rusty wrecks wanting to capitalize on the ‘tulip effect’ that never happens. But they hope it will…one day.

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