A visit to the Goodwood Revival in West Sussex is like nothing else. A yearly outing for classic – often notable – period racing cars, it is not merely a motorsport event.
More, it is a chance to indulge yourself in the moods and fashions of a bygone era, perhaps reliving the memories of parents’ or even grandparents’ own pasts. The term ‘vintage’ remains a bit of a buzz-word, but no other event goes to quite the same lengths as this.
The overall feel is 100% authentic; everything is period, right down to the character actors and shopping areas modelled on original buildings. Attention to detail is impressive to say the least – so, if you have a keen interest in the 1940s, ’50s or ‘60s, you’re in for a real treat.
Some folks make the mistake of dressing in contemporary clothes; this is a big no-no, as they always stand out in the crowd. If you attend the Revival, you really should get into the spirit of things – and this extends to picking suitable attire and accessorising accordingly.
Naturally, the celebration lends itself to the opportunity for gentlemen to show off their magnificent facial topiary. Whether you sport some form of understated stubble or pull out all the stops for a full-on face covering, you can be sure to turn heads and raise a smile.
This year was no exception when it came to spotting impressive beards and plenty of gents were more than obliging when asked to have their photograph taken. As we all know, it’s a pride thing and the conversations which spring up as a result of stopping for a chat can be as entertaining as the whiskers themselves.
If you like the sound of the Goodwood Revival and are interested in going along, you can find out more at www.goodwood.com
Here is a selection of some fine examples of beards seen at this year’s Revival – including none other than Captain Fawcett’s right-hand man himself, Richie!
Words & Photographs: © Giles Babbidge 2016