Goodwood Revival – A Ramp Style Guide

Every september, the elite of vintage car fans meets around the playground of the earl of march for the goodwood revival. It is required to dress appropriately in contemporary attire matching the vehicle you came with at the festival's racing grounds. Below is our style guide for the weekend.
Text Helmut Werb
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In the last couple of years in Goodwood a classic prototype of womens' and mens' attire has emerged which is socially acceptable, and which the hosts have kindly collected and appropriately named “A Ladies’ and Gentleman’s Guide to Dress and Style at the Goodwood Revival”. So, should you want to drive up in style with your Frazer Nash at the next Earl of March "Revival," you'd be better off sticking to some of our suggestions.




The Wild One

Jeans, white T-shirt, black leather jacket, boots, and attitude, lots of attitude. Visualize Marlon Brando in “The Wild One” and James Dean in any one of his movies. The outfit sounds simple, but it’s difficult to present it in a convincing way. Beer belly, bright hair or even a visible reading aid do not match the look. TWO is ideal for stylish riders of English motorbikes like BSA, Triumph or an old Norton Big Four. If you want to be “The Wild One” despite advanced age and an inability to make it on the bike anymore, you should try something of classic American provenance, a Cunningham perhaps.




The Female Flyer

In the years between the wars an ancestor of today’s Earl, the ninth Duke of
Richmond, built experimental aircrafts, and some of his extremely attractive
admirers “of the female persuasion” piloted the planes themselves, which can be interpreted in different ways. The style guide describes the activities of the young ladies, namely, as if they had quite liked “Their hands at the joy stick”. So that works well for the “Goodwood Revival,” as you can probably imagine. One does not have to go to the extreme, but an outfit similar to the one worn by Amelia Earhart – a chic aviator cap with goggles, leather jacket with fur collar, dominant gloves, boots! – can be put together with little effort and it works well for getting out of a Triumph TR2 most photogenically. As an inspiration, we recommend the film “The Great Waldo Pepper” or “Amelia”. But please do not go lost!

In the years between the wars an ancestor of today’s Earl, the ninth Duke of Richmond, built experimental aircrafts, and some of his extremely attractive admirers “of the female persuasion” piloted the planes themselves.




The Mods

Ah, the movies! “Quadrophenia”! “The Knack & And how to Get it”! And the
scooters! With their many lights! Sting! Sting? Well, perhaps not. But the mods
go back further than the late seventies. Even in the 1950s, mod accessories were en vogue. Slim jeans, a green anorak, polo shirts (with the collar turned up), Desert Boots. Those already worn by the jazz musician sixty years ago. The
London hipster picked up the style and the rest is history! We do not know
whether the driving of Lambrettas on the Goodwood race track is so welcome
though.




L’Automobilista

The look is more attitude than anything else, although admittedly an old Ferrari does help. A hat from the post-war collection of Dior also works well. If the automobilista is behind the wheel herself, she may also carry a leather flight helmet from the Second World War, as long as it does not destroy the hair. If piloting an Alvis or a Packard is too stressful, you may be chauffeured stylishly. It’s just the perfect way of getting out of the automobile that counts. P.S.: Avoid old MGs and early Minis.

The pioneers of the “horseless carriage” do not only include men. Anyone wants to go down well with the Earl of March should better remember that the Earl’s family includes quite a few ancestors who were not just very familiar with cars not only with cars, but also looked stunningly good inside – the Automobilistas.




The Racing Driver

The most typical outfit for the “Goodwood Revival,” and yet it is difficult to get the perfect look right. Think of Stirling Moss in his younger years, Fangio, or even the early Graham. Wear Suixtil. Don’t feel embarrassed, you may google, no one knows that old brand anymore. Accessorise yourself with a bowtie! Correct, that’s how Mike Hawthorne went racing. Driver gloves made of genuine leather are important too, those with the holes at the ankles. And you should find an old racing helmet with matching glasses. Then you put on the goggles and ask your friend to blow black gray oily dust in your face. Take the glasses off, climb into your Jaguar D-Type – and watch the crowd go wild!




Starlets and Divas

Buy a pair of sunglasses, preferably big ones. Check out Sophia Loren movies, or Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits”. Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Hat!
Earrings! All in widescreen and 3D. You will have noticed what is important, right? Star Quality! Choose your date for the Revival by his vehicle. A coupe is not sooo great for your purposes, a limousine can only happen if you have a liveried chauffeur opening the back door. An open Rolls from 1956 is better already. A Bristol would do as well. Consider this: for Sophia even a Vespa was enough. Then you need some accessories: gloves (long), cigarette holder (pointed) and an Italian companion would be good, and maybe you can rent a dog. However, it should fit in your handbag. The dog.

Buy a pair of sunglasses, preferably big ones. Check out Sophia Loren movies, or Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits”. Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Hat! Earrings! All in widescreen and 3D. You will have noticed what is important, right?




The Teddy Boys

“No Edwardian dress,” said the signs of English pubs, cinemas and dance halls in the early fifties. The warnings showed the islanders fear of the first rebellious youth culture during the postwar period – smartly dressed kids, “Dandies” with greased hair, and, despite subliminally threatening behaviour, excellent taste. The Daily Mirror (or was it the Daily Express) called them “Teddy Boys” in 1953, and the name stuck. Do you remember Ken Russell? The brilliant British director? There you go. If you cannot find clothing at the flea market, please contact Colin Taub, the last of London’s East End tailors, who can still do the “Teddy Boy” the right way. And try to get a Vauxhall Cresta, preferably in pink.


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