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.
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.
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.
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