We’re back from the best Revival ever. Here are twenty sartorial reviews for your perusal.

The best dressed

Elise has attended the Revival for a few years now and was rightly voted ‘best dressed lady’ on the day. The hat is from Seville, dress from Rouen and the fox is taken from beneath the wheels of her Facel Vega. Probably. She won a bouquet flowers and magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Congratulations, you look divine.

the best dressed

Der Sherlock Holmes

Buoyed by a bottle or two of champagne this happy fellow is unmistakeably a Berliner trying slightly too hard to be Britischer. Tartan tweed over tartan tweed with a tartan tweed deerstalker is a look even Moriarty would avoid. How do we know this? Elementary, Doktor Watson.

der sherlock holmes

The college boy

Very rarely are white trainers and baseball caps sartorially acceptable but here they’re spot-on. This college boy wears a Letterman jacket. Worn by American students in the 60’s the stripes on the jacket’s arm denote how many years the wearer has attended college and the ‘C’ on the front bears gold badges representing the different sports the wearer plays. In this case; basketball, football and baseball (a kind of limp-wristed cricket alternative).

the college boy

The corporate mädchen

On a BMW bike parts stand we have a corporate mädchen in a peasant girl’s dress, called a dirndl. Bavarian tradition says that a knot tied on the wearer’s left side indicates that she is single, a knot tied on the right means that she is married, a knot tied in the front centre means that she is a virgin and a knot tied at the back indicates that the woman is widowed. Whichever way it’s tied you wouldn’t want them getting caught in the spokes of your 250cc R27. Achtung!

the corporate madchen

The General Belgranos

At first glance these smiling Admirals look the part, the dusty footwear can be forgiven on such a hot day, but the iron-on home-made ribbons, unbuttoned blazers and mis-matched hats give the game away. These lucky chaps all wear paddock passes and one has a rather nice Rolex Yachtmaster (oh, the irony!) so it’s safe to say that lack of budget isn’t the excuse for them having less nautical clout than the General Belgrano.

the general belgranos

The Groovy, baby

There were a few Austin Powers types in force, polyester jackets looking like fire hazards next to hot exhausts, but they all smiled and none more than this estate agent who gave the obligatory peace sign when kindly posing for this picture. The garish jacket appears to be dispersing the crowd behind the wearer here. Too Groovy for Goodwood, baby?

the groovy, baby

The Guantanamo

This fellow represents the few at the Revival who, for whatever reason, don’t bother with an appropriate outfit. Making the effort makes you feel part of the event and while there are no rules on what is and isn’t sartorially acceptable there are those who would ship anyone clad in orange nylon and polyester leisurewear off to Guantanamo where they’d fit in a little better. Treat yourself to some tweed, Sir!

the guantanamo

The happy Antipodean

One of the joys of the Revival is the interesting people it attracts. Chatting to this happy fellow from Australia we learned that he raced classic Fords against Daniel Ricciardo’s dad down under. We met him trying a pickled egg for the first time watching the Lancasters and generally enjoying the best of Britain. We complimented his perfect uniform and headgear and was told “Mate, that’s not jast a fitha, that’s proppa ploooomage!”

the happy antipodean

The hello Sailor

Knocking back Guinness we found this handsome couple. In flappy flares, neckerchief and bulled shoes this US navy Sergeant proved that all the girls love Sailors, even though her eyes are shut for some reason. Maybe that’s the Guinness working.

the hello sailor

The land girls part 1

Everyone loves a land girl and these three were perfectly turned out. Too perfectly, perhaps. No mucky fingernails here, just perfect make-up on pretty faces and Hunter wellies that are cleaner than my carpet. Have any of you lovelies ever dug a spud?

the land girls part1

The land girls part 2

This is more like it. These two land girls look great and the addition of a Hurricane and RAF Land Rover complete the picture. The basket of apples and pitchfork for stabbing downed Luftwaffe pilots are nice touches.

the land girls part2

The Madame of the paddock

No, not that kind of Madam, note the discrete Rolex member’s lounge badge on her handbag as she waits for a mechanic with a sandwich to fix her Lotus, lounging in the paddock this is a classy Madame. Coordinated boots and scarf look good and even the plastic garden chair doesn’t diminish her killer smile.

the madame of the paddock

The Mechanic

There are many variations on this look and generally the cleaner they are the less likely they are to handle a spanner in anger. This mechanic has sensibly brought a collapsible chair and waits at exactly the right spot at St Marys where so many drivers come unstuck. Flat caps work with anything. That’s a fashion fact.

the mechanic

The nominated driver

Stumbling around the pre-’73 car park is this lightly refreshed lady looking for her Morgan. She has had a long day watching the racing (and racers) and knows that when you’ve had to resort to drinking Prosecco from a Latte glass it’s time to go home. She might have lost her Morgan, and her nominated driver, but leaves with her dignity intact and looking stunning.

the nominated driver

The original ‘tache

For the Revival many chaps grow interesting facial hair, some bounders just buy obvious stick-on stuff but this spritely chap’s ‘tache is all original. We didn’t get long to talk but his well-fitting uniform and original Mae West give us the impression that it’s not only his ‘tache that is original WW2 issue. He looks the type to have shot foreigners in anger. We like this look a lot.

the original 'tache

The papal

What is the collective noun for a group of Catholic priests? These bunch were correct in their vestments from Biretta to sandals and the Cardinal was most keen to show us his espiscopal ring. Almost certainly responsible for white smoke over the Vatican we’d like to know exactly what it is they’re smoking. Praise be.

the papal

The perfectly coiffured

This young WAAF carried not a gas mask in her bag but programmes for sale, another member of staff at Goodwood making a tremendous effort with their outfit, how could you not buy a programme from a woman with such brilliant hair?

the perfectly coiffured

The Revivalists of the future

Are these two the coolest kids you’ve ever seen? The young lady rightly insisted on putting her gloves back on for the picture and the junior mechanic was clearly in his element amongst so many great cars. I’m sure their parents are proud, these are the Revivalists of the future.

the revivalists of the future

The Rockabilly

With lots of live music to enjoy it’s no surprise to see people dressing in period to match their favourite tunes. This rockabilly apologised for his non-vintage shades but there really was no need, he looks great down to his lime-green socks.

the rockabilly

The Pan-Am-azing

Lounging in the Veuve Cliquot grounds were the crew of Pan-Am flight something or other. Matching uniforms and badges give the impression that they’re experienced and professional aircrew but you can be sure that they’ve plundered the in-flight drinks service before they’ve even left the tarmac, and where is the fifth crew member and the pilot?

the pan-am-azing

Thanks to everyone for being a good sport, see you there next year!


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.

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