Did we see you at the Goodwood Revival? As part of our informal sartorial survey of the best, worst and most imaginative outfits of the Revival, we spoke to and photographed quite a few people (thanks, because this wouldn’t be much of a feature without you). Below you’ll find our light-hearted review, click to enlarge the pics. As always, we had a great time and met some real characters. Let’s start with a dead ‘sleb’, shall we?

Graham Hill

I only briefly spoke to Graham Hill, gracing the Revival with his presence. 40 years of death clearly hasn’t affected him, enjoying a bottle of bubbly, but I was rather taken aback by his West Midlands accent. ‘Yorrite mayte’?

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Ginger and the Whinger

Here is the Horner family (mk2). Geri gracing us all by not singing and Christian by racing a Mini. We didn’t catch the result but if he doesn’t like Renault engine reliability then his BL steed for the Revival would certainly have given him something to whinge about.

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Friendly fire

Most folks are happy to stop for a quick photo, I asked this chap to try and look like he was off to shoot foreigners, his expression didn’t change. It’s a great look, anyway. Where else in the UK can you walk around in public with a machine gun and box of ammo? I think he actually was off to shoot foreigners.

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Shell girls and the trick to taking a good photo.

These girls are always popular, so popular, in fact, it’s hard to get a clear photo of them. Here’s the trick. Loiter behind someone with a photographers armband, wait for him to assemble these lovelies in order and as he crouches to take his snap, place your camera on his head as an impromptu tripod and get the perfect shot. That’s what I did and that’s why they’re smiling.

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The smack of leather on wood. No, not a snipe at Max Moseley, that wouldn’t be cricket, this player has turned out perfectly for the Revival. It’s a great look, from cap to his whites – it’s time for the toss! No Max, not you.

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Flying Viking

This Norwegian Air Force pilot was wearing his own uniform. Retired for a while, he was previously based at Rygge, sadly now a Ryanair base. Another aquavit in him and I reckon he’d fly one last bombing sortie, if asked, against O’Leary’s hell-buses.

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The MotorPunks

OK, it’s not the full squad, but from left to right below is Rich, Paul, Jonathan (with a whiff of travelling Horse trader about him), Mr Jeff, Harry and Dr O. Young Harry still in his school uniform having been removed for the day for a “dental appointment” and finding himself with the chaps at Goodwood instead.

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Start ’em young, Mum.

Mum was 37 weeks pregnant with this little girl at last year’s Revival, this year she’s here with a knock-out smile and a new fan of vintage racing. We love the retro pushchair, by the way.

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Peace and love, man.

It’s an easy outfit. Jeans, shaggy coat, bandanna and a whiff of herbal relaxant. He’s here for the music, man, and the sixties chicks. Obviously. Peace, out.

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A Mountie always gets his man.

Another first-class outfit spotted at the ‘over the road’ part of the Revival, this Mountie was on a solo mission with no Missus Mountie to be seen. I’m sure he won’t have gone home empty-handed, Goodwood attracts visitors of every persuasion and a Mountie always gets his man.

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Iffy Biggles

There were a few Biggles this year and this chap summed ’em up; Coat-hangered scarf, smokeless pipe, t-shirt under flying jacket and facial hair less convincing than Donald Trump’s fringe. And beer. There’s always beer. Still, none of this is to be taken seriously. Tally-ho!

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M.I.A. G.I.

He should be on the front line, in a trench, in the rain, but this G.I. has deserted, fraternizing with the locals. Who can blame him? His dancing (not pictured) was worthy of a medal.

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The Voyeur

He waits. He watches. He films the ladies singing. He wears a canary yellow shirt and C&A woolly-pulley. He films some more. Right click. Save as. He is the one who enjoys action from a safe distance. He’d like to join in but isn’t allowed. He is the Voyeur.

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The Bathing Belle 

She deserves a medal, but there’s not much to pin it on. A vintage bathing costume and hat and a smile to lure any man into the deep end. Brilliant. Captain Corduroy looks more like the paddling type. Great to meet them both.

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The char-lady

Goodwood employs a number of staff to mingle, in character, in the crowd. This fantastic char-lady gave us a happy wave but, from this angle, snapped from the tractor bus as we passed, it looks like her feather-duster wielding colleague is poking a very hairy lady-area with a stick. We’ll get a better snap next year.

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Pithed up.

GRRC badges, paddock access, vintage uniforms and a proper beard. A prime spot on the banking. A bottle of whisky in the bag. These chaps know what they’re doing. They’re all pithed up.

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The Grenadier’s son

Stood at St Mary’s was this fellow, wearing his Grenadier Dad’s uniform and even carrying a photo of him in the same uniform in WW2, complete with upgraded epaulets, and a receipt from the outfitters who originally tailored the uniform. What amazing attention to detail and, if you’re reading, it was a pleasure chatting to you.

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Colonel Duisberg

“Hallo. I am looking for ze top-secret Spitfire hanger, please can you direkt me? Danke. Ja, I am a real good Briddish Tommy, I have just misplaced my papers. What-ho, mein chum.” This, reader, is your author, pretending to be German, pretending to be English. I spent a few Reichsmarks on this outfit and while I didn’t earn the medals, I did earn the press pass.

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The Busman’s holiday

Here’s the bus driver, looking smart. Drivers were originally given unique badge numbers, worn on the left so that passengers who wished to make a complaint could see the number when boarding/disembarking, and report the driver using number without having to ask his name. They eventually ran out of unique numbers and started reusing old ones, these becoming “dead man’s numbers”. This driver actually is a bus driver during the day and moonlights driving historic buses for fun, a real Busman’s holidaymaker!


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Dragon’s Den(tist).

My name is Duisberg and I’d like a million quid in return for a 10% share in MotorPunk please. No wonder he’s grinning wider than you’ll ever see on the telly, sporting British and Cypriot flags on his overalls the least offensive dragon is in his first outing at the Revival in an Anglia and clearly loving it. A tenner for fifty percent of MotorPunk? Fifty pee? No? C’mon Theo, I’m on my arse here.

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The none of the above

So many Revivalists aim for a particular look. There are whole squadrons of Biggles, for example, and a whatever the collective noun is for a lot of Mechanics. This gentleman, though, has managed to pick an outfit that is none of the above. A perfect two-piece tweed suit, waistcoat tailored to match the suede shoes and a cravat and hat combo to top it all off. The ‘tache is also flawless. It’s a look so sharp I’ll bet you didn’t even notice the Hurricane behind him.

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The Selfie-Stickers

What better way to capture a retro look that using new tech? The lady on the left was actually on her hen-party, what a great place to come! Here they use a selfie-stick and iPhone to get a great picture of her big day out. Or perhaps they were snapping the pilots getting changed over the fence behind them. Last night of freedom, ladies!

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The velvet gatecrasher

Me? Alex Goy? Motoring presenter and Revival virgin, pulling strings to gatecrash the prestigious Rolls-Royce enclosure overlooking the start line? The Revival royalty behind do their best to ignore the velvet suited gatecrasher but XCAR’s man soon skips behind the ropes for blagged champers and the very best view of the action.

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Dirty-arsed real mechanics

On their back under a Jaguar or on their arse fettling Ferraris, these are the real mechanics. They stand on the pitwall, nervously wondering if some over-enthusiastic wealthy amateur is going to bash the machine they’ve spent all weekend preparing. You won’t find them wandering round the funfair like so many other Revival ‘mechanics’ looking like an advert for Daz.

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Miniskirted miseryguts

2015 was the 50th anniversary of the miniskirt and to commemorate that Goodwood’s busy pitgirls wore outfits that Mary Quant herself could have designed. But we couldn’t get a smile for the camera, the miseryguts, so you’ll have to make do with this picture of them flouncing instead. So much for the swinging sixties.

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The khaki comedian. 

I’m crap with names. I nattered with this friendly khaki-clad Geordie for about 15 minutes before I realised it is comedian Ross Noble off the telly. Ross is into his bikes and this was his first time at the Revival, so top marks for the outfit, and thanks for taking the time to chat about retro motoring with us MotorPunks in the paddock.

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The safari-suited predator

The pink cravat should gave warned me this chap would be a handful. Admiring his safari-suit and confident manner I asked him what the inspiration was for his very cool, seventies look. “Porn”, he said, unbuttoning his shirt a little more with a predatory smile that told me he was only half-joking.

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Tomorrow’s champion

Fresh from his podium spot in the Settrington Cup, and proudly waving the twenty quid prize money from his Dad, this young man is ecstatic. The pedal car race is a 270 yard dash for kids and while some grumble that it detracts from ‘real racing’, to this young man, the racer of tomorrow, it is real racing. He has already won a bigger trophy and more prize money than any of us here in the office and he made us smile, that’s what the Revival is about. PS – If you like this, watch this lovely old Pathe footage of a kid’s pedal car GP.

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The ergonomically incorrect

Why did I take this picture? Not just because these three ladies look beautiful, honest, but because of something one is doing that I don’t understand. Not drinking coffee from paper cups in public, no, look at the way miss Blue is holding her bag in the crook of her arm. Why do women do that nowadays?! Either sling it over your shoulder, or hold it in your hand! Think of the ergonomics, woman!

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Flammable psychedelics

With apologies for interrupting their lunch, I snapped this psychedelic couple clad from head to toe in the maddest and most flammable material I’ve ever seen. It’s a good look, but stay away from those exhausts!

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The French foreign legion

Très bon, Messieurs! I complimented this groupe de soldats in schoolboy French only to be thanked in a babble of flawless French – for these chaps actually were from the garlicky end of the Eurotunnel. A group of French Policemen, they’d kitted themselves out perfectly for the Revival as the French foreign legion. Totally in character, they all hid under the bench when a minibus of visiting Germans rolled by. Such attention to detail!

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Pixellated for privacy

The ‘over the road’ bit of the Revival requires no entry ticket and therefore sometimes attracts those who think that ‘period attire’ means last season’s football shirt. In shorts and trainers this guy is just as entitled to visit the Revival as any of us but we can’t help but feel that he would enjoy it more if he dug a bit deeper in his wardrobe and joined in. We’ve pixellated his face for privacy, and that of the person behind him committing an even bigger social faux-pas, that of being caught admiring a hotted-up Overland Jeep.

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The EBay iron cross.

How very German. A WW2 uniform decorated with all manner of awards, including an iron cross, bought off Ebay. A good effort, mein Herr, but your wellies are distinctly British, and I’ll bet that Porsche flag came with your Cayenne. Next year, Jack boots and a 911, bitte!

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‘allo ‘allo

His bike isn’t pictured but he did have one with him, to finish the look. From the onions to the shrug Pierre is as Gallic as it gets. Très bien!

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The stick of rocker

Long Tartan coat, winklepickers, skinny tie and shades and hair so luxuriant you have to buy it in a shop. No idea where the sticks of rock come from but who cares when you’re a retro rocker.

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The good Doctor (Octane)

Struck off by the NHS following repeated misunderstandings of a Gynecological nature, this is MotorPunk’s very own Dr Octane, sporting a bowler hat (for authority) and a sharp umbrella (for fending off over-inquisitive ward matrons) this is a look we like. The tie was purloined from the changing room of Rhyl General Hospital’s operating theatre and his bag is full of what he calls alcoholic anesthetic. If Dr O starts warming his hands, call all the nines.

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Gasser’s alley Do-wop girls

No video, sorry, but if there was you’d hear the wonderful rumble of V8s from Gasser’s alley competing with the girls doing do-wop. Have a little picture instead.

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“Bikers!” We’d shout, as kids, and run before we had a shoeing off ’em. Not here, though. Everyone at the Revival seems happy to chat and these guys were no exception.

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RSI Petrol pump girls

This is good pose. Saucy pump attendants with a cuppa. Listen, though, and you’ll hear ’em gripe about holding this shape nearly all weekend, but a “one lump, or two” quip still makes them smile. Thanks for the picture, girls.

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The Fastest Milkman in the West

He’s not. He took ages to get a bottle out and his smile nearly made the gold-top curdle. It’s another great outfit for the Revival.

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The Foxhunter (me, not her)

A Fox stole always looks good look on a lady, but thanks to animal rights fruitloops who don’t understand that these are vintage garments made from animals killed long before any of us were even bloody born [aaaand, breathe], are rarely worn in public today. I was Foxhunter for the day and was chuffed to eventually find this classic three fox stole wearer.

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Land girls.

It’s the acceptable face of denim at the Revival; Dungarees on a Landgirl. Her booted chum looking similarly ready to dig a spud or two. Note the little lanyard radios, but the way, great for keeping up with the commentary and free when you buy a program.

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The Sergeant Pepper

“We’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, We hope you will enjoy the show. We’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sit back and let the evening go. Sgt. Pepper’s lonely, Sgt. Pepper’s lonely, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. We’re loving the Beatles look, even if that song is now stuck in our heads.

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Tiffany Dell

Pushing a MK2 Jaguar around the paddock and bantering with the crowd was Tiff, showing that years of TV haven’t turned him into a primadonna. Is that Benny Hill behind him?

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AirForce(d smiles).

RAF officers, on the banking at Madgewick, momentarily distracted from the racing so I may take their picture. Maybe they’re forced smiles because they knew I’d add some smart-arsed title to their picture.

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Not Mrs Ferguson

It’s not Mrs Ferguson. I think she said her name was Mrs Smith or something. It was a long shot anyway, hoping that the lady (quickly grabbed by her protective husband) would have a name I could make a rather mucky pun about standing under that board. Never mind. Nice car, nice couple.

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The retro racer lady

I am sorry to say I didn’t catch her name. I was first drawn to the MK2 Jaguar she was driving, a car I’m sure I’ve seen being slung around here in previous years, and when she hopped out for a chat I thought I should get a pic of her brilliant retro racing outfit. Lightly tailored blue overalls, well-worn gloves and an old-school helmet go perfectly with the car. She gave me earache for not getting round to buying my own MK2 and then entertained everyone with driving like this.

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The mountaineer

He’d had a few. It then seemed like a good idea to go mountaineering. I’d had a few and thought it was funny as I watched him repeatedly slip down the north face of the Doom Bar marquee, but, really, there’s no place for this kind of oikery at Goodwood, is there?

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There is hope for the future of today’s youth

Mum looks knock-out, even the shades are just right, but what’s particularly heart-warming is her daughter. Every slouching onsie-wearing yoof should drag their pallid faces away from their phone and pay attention to this young lady, this is how it should be done. There is hope for the future of today’s youth. Bravo!

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A huge thanks to everyone who agreed to have their picture taken and my apologies for not having published this sooner. None of this is to be taken too seriously and everyone should be congratulated for their sartorial efforts, regardless of the result and the bilge written here. Pictures and words by Rich Duisberg, Colonel Duisberg, to you. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Goodwood Revival.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

2 Responses

  1. Deano

    Love that Graham Hill get up. I also don’t understand the oiks that din’t make an effort! Name and shame the slobs I say.
    Nice work Rich

  2. Tenko Tim

    Me and the good lady have been doing the revival for about ten years now. I am never ceased to be amazed by the folks that just don’t get it! Flat cap, shirt, chinos and shoes, done; your now part of the party! Personally, I’d set a dress code. They do it at the races so why not a Goodwood? Tut!


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