Goodwood Revival 2013

by JohnnyKnox

Goodwood Revival is one of the most celebrated racing festivals of the world. Learn why...

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

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!

Goodwood Revival 2013
Goodwood Revival 2013
Racing cars from 50s & 60s the Goodwood Revival 2013
Racing cars from 50s & 60s the Goodwood Revival 2013
1963 Ferrari 330 GTO
1963 Ferrari 330 GTO
Goodwood ladies
Goodwood ladies

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
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. 

Rowan Atkinson at Goodwood 2013
Rowan Atkinson at Goodwood 2013
Nick Mason at Goodwood 2013
Nick Mason at Goodwood 2013

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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Updated: 09/21/2013, JohnnyKnox
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/09/2022

The Wikipedia article describes the Goodwood Revival participating cars as dating back to the period 1948-1966.

Does each festival focus upon one year or one period (1940s? 1950s? 1960s?) or all years?

JohnnyKnox on 10/01/2013

So, you learned something new here :)

cmoneyspinner on 09/30/2013

I always thought the Indianapolis 500 was the most celebrated race. I will confess my ignorance. I have never even heard of this racing festival. But I recognized Mr. Bean.

JohnnyKnox on 09/30/2013

Mini are lovely cars indeed Maggie! Thanks for commenting!

MaggiePowell on 09/30/2013

Beautful cars... I had read somewhere that Rowan Atkinson collected cars. Fun to see him in action.
I'm a huge fan of the Mini...sadly, mine is only 3 years old, not 50

JohnnyKnox on 09/29/2013

Not sure Derdriu. Seems to me that Mr.Bean is a part of his life even when acts as Rowan :) Thanks for commenting!

DerdriuMarriner on 09/29/2013

JohnnyKnox, Did Rowan Atkinson act like Rowan or was he in "Mr. Bean" mode behind the wheel of a car? I like your theme of nostalgia because it certainly explains how I feel when I look at pictures of my father's ancestors in the first Fords. Also it accounts for how I feel when I read about the evolving designs in sports cars. Thank you for brightening Cyberland with such a nicely written and illustrated thought piece.

JohnnyKnox on 09/25/2013

It is a classic line indeed writerartist. Thanks for stopping by!

WriterArtist on 09/25/2013

Time to get nostalgic with the good old memories and vintage cars. Truly classic line of cars and fit for celebration.

JohnnyKnox on 09/24/2013

That's definitely true tolovaj! Thanks!

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