I love revivals of all kinds. Revival can mean a lot of things, such as a type of resurrection or being born of the ashes just like in the myth of the Phoenix bird, but it also means that we don’t want to forget something. On the contrary; we want to honor it. To try to revive the pleasure of anything that used to give you pleasure comes natural to us, humans; above all, it echoes nostalgia. Nostalgia is a basic ingredient in a man’s life. We are nostalgic simply because we are humans
Goodwood Revival 2013
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Most people get nostalgic when they revive memories of their childhood or student years, which naturally come to symbolize a time of freedom and carelessness. You can even be nostalgic of a certain period of your life which you remember as being particularly happy. Finally, you can be nostalgic about what you used to have but can’t find it anywhere anymore, as the passage of time has made it disappeared from sight.
A classic car for example is something we can’t see elsewhere other than a motor show which is dedicated to the love of vintage. You can’t actually drive a vintage car of the 1950’s on the streets of London as we speak; the technology used in building cars has changed dramatically since then! However, this is exactly why events such as the Goodwood Revival will always find an audience. For some of us, it is not always easy to forget what was once out there!
The love and dedication for the old things, even if they are not very functional nowadays, is not something weird or hypocritical. It rather expresses the feeling of nostalgia we discussed before. Sometimes you can even be nostalgic for something that you haven’t actually lived and experienced. In other words, I don’t think that the visitors of the Goodwood Revival ever lived during the 1950’s, an era that most of the cars presented at the festival belong to! Nevertheless, the visitors of this unique show surely feel very much close to them.
The Goodwood Revival festival actually honors – by trying to recreate - the classic auto show Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, which was on from 1948 till 1966. All of the cars that compete for the modern version of this classic festival of cars are actually the very same ones that participated in the original races! Having this in mind, one thing is for sure: car aficionados will always pay their respect to history.
1965 Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA & 1965 BMW 1800 TiSA
The festival celebrated this year a number of special occasions: the 50th anniversary of the MINI Cooper S and the 90th anniversary of the BMW Motorrad, which is the brand’s motorcycle division. BMW presented a number of old classics. Even luxurious Jaguar participated with 30 cars! Performance cars will always occupy a special place in the hearts of everyone interested in cars; it’s all about power and speed, if you’re somehow still wondering what’s all about.
Many special guests honored the festival with their presence. Nick Mason, drummer of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd, demonstrated his eternal love for racing cars; Rowan Atkinson, who is of course better known as Mr. Bean, also participated for yet another time in the festival; many former or current professional drivers were also present such as Tom Kristensen, Henri Pescarolo, Tom Coronel and Jean Alesi, among many others.
It is true that there are plenty of auto shows and festivals around the world. Every each one of them, though, has its own devotees; cars are still an object of desire for many of us. Even if you’re not the most devoted fan of cars, it’s hard to resist the classic beauty of cars that have surpassed the test of time. Cars will always be a symbol of freedom and success; their owners will always brag about them as they do it with some of their own personal achievements in life.
“Your car is your second house”, a guy once told me confidentially. I admit that I was surprised at first, but later on in my life I realized that he must have been absolutely right; it is in there that we spend so much time in our daily lives and it’s a place where you can be all alone with your thoughts, if you want. Sounds ideal, don’t you think!?
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