Are you ready for Goodwood Revival?

With the 2018 Festival of Speed behind us and less than a week to go until vintage vehicle fever hits the south once again for this year’s Goodwood Revival, the Quay Quarters crew wants to make sure you’re prepared to step back in time in style.

From 7 to 9 September, Goodwood Revival 2018 will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Austin FX3 “London Cab” and British Railways – two great British institutions. To pay homage, on each morning of the three-day event there will be a parade of commercial vehicles from buses to lorries including, of course, Austin taxis. Here are the highlights, which make this such a must-attend event for fans of motor racing heritage:

  • Head-to-head racing – Goodwood Revival is where champions of past and present compete for history’s most desired motorsport trophies in priceless iconic cars, which include the likes of the ERA B-type R5B ‘Remus’ and the Lotus-Climax 18.
  • Dedicated to period fashion – The annual event is defined by its vintage dress code ranging 1940s to 1960s. Tweeds and trilbies to furs and frocks – don’t forget your Sunday best! You can step back in time when you wander the Revival High Street and Revival Fashion has an area dedicated to vintage-chic with live entertainment from fashion shows to musicians to dancers
  • Riders and drivers – Each year Goodwood Revival welcomes the finest talent from historic motorsport including Richard Attwood and Darren Bell, as well as many famous faces from the wider world of motorsport such as David Coulthard and Christian Horner, and celebrities like Rowan Atkinson and Sir Chris Hoy who are involved in the St Mary’s Trophy.
  • Freddie March Spirit of Aviation – This glorious exhibition combines classic machines from the history of aviation – including the Mustang, Spitfire MkV and Magister Hawk Trainers 3 – with a celebration of 100 years of the RAF this year.
  • Motor show medley – The Revival Car Show presented by Smith & Williamson not only provides a chance for you to arrive in vintage style but also offers an opportunity to see as many as 3,000 classic cars belonging to other Revival guests. While the Earls Court Motor Show showcases the finest motor brands such as 1940s-1960s Porsches, Rolls-Royces and Aston Martins next to their modern day counterparts.
  • Over the Road – While the Goodwood Motor Circuit sees much of the Revival action, there’s plenty going on “over the road” (it’s a bit like the after party). Whether you’re in the mood for an old-fashioned flick at the Revival Cinema, you want to get your groove on at the Butlin’s Roller Disco or you fancy a slide down the Helter- Skelter at the vintage fairground, there’s plenty to do for all the family.

A podium of possibilities when making a pit-stop in Chichester…

1. Check out the charity shops and vintage boutiques for an outfit that will knock the nylons off other attendees.Many shops will create displays in honour of the local event and pick out key items from fedoras and floral frocks to knee-high boots and military uniforms that might inspire your Goodwood Revival look. Whether you want to go boiler suit bunny, forties war-time wonder, vintage gangster mafia, sixties swinger or seventies racing star, you’re bound to find something worth donning for this year’s Revival in Chichester, Arundel or Portsmouth.

2. While Betty’s Salon, which can be found in no less than three locations at the Goodwood Revival this year (inside the Motor Circuit on the Revival high Street, next to the Richmond Lawn and next to the Earls Court Motor Show), will provide those period-precise finishing touches to your vintage outfit, there are options for those who like to be ready before they arrive. Get the look at a local beauty salon, many of which will have special offers on for the Goodwood Revival weekend. If you don’t fancy fiddling with the rollers yourself and you can’t master that eyeliner flick, pay a visit to the likes of The Glorious Spa Company (in South Street) who are offering to style hair with victory rolls for forties flair and apply strip lashes to create sixties sirens.

3. Soak up the atmosphere in Chichester, where local shops not only get into the vintage swing of things but local bars and restaurants celebrate with celebratory cocktails and musical entertainment. Chichester has myriad eateries and watering holes that are perfect for carrying on the vintage party after Goodwood’s closed its doors of an evening. And, if you pop into town to soak up the flavour before you get to Goodwood, you can usually catch a free vintage bus from Chichester train station which will drop you smack bang in the heart of the Revival.

The Quay Quarters crew like nothing more than joining in the festive foray that Goodwood Revival encourages. Manager, Anna Sawday says:

“There’s nothing better than embracing the fun that’s to be had during the glorious Goodwood Revival weekend. After they’ve filled up on a hearty breakfast at our luxury B&B, we love to see our guests dressed up and ready to set off in their vintage cars for a day immersed in motor racing reminiscence. We’ve even been known to crank up the vinyls and do a little jive while cleaning the holiday cottages and we’re always ready to give a victory salute when we hear the rumble of a Spitfire overhead!”

A podium of possibilities when making a pit stop at Quay Quarters…

1. Get the best of both worlds when you stay in one of our luxury country cottages, which offer classic farmhouse-chic for a nice nostalgic start to your vintage weekend as well as all the mod-cons (including a fully equipped kitchen, a Tassimo coffee machine, an electric wood burner, internet access and a digital flat screen TV with DVD library) to make your stay as comfortable as can be.

2. Quay Quarters’ luxury holiday cottages and B&B accommodation are located just down the road from Goodwood Revival (less than 20 minutes’ drive). If you’re not driving, you could get a taxi into Chichester town (less than 10 minutes’ away) and get a bus to Goodwood or take a taxi all the way.

3. Whether you’re attending Goodwood Revival for the full weekend or just one day, there’s plenty of other activities to be enjoyed locally while you stay at Quay Quarters. Not only are there wonderful scenic walking, cycling and watersports opportunities on offer in nearby Chichester Harbour but there are also myriad attractions to explore close to Goodwood in the broader South Downs National Park area, such as Cass Sculpture Foundation and the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

Get on the starting grid and book a stay in one of our Sussex holiday cottages or at our luxury bed and breakfast during the next Goodwood Revival.