Forget the acres of tweed, seamed stockings and silly hats, the Goodwood revival is all about the racing. The opportunity to watch pre-1966 cars and motorbikes - most of which are hugely rare and obscenely expensive - banging wheels, carries you back to a time when racing cars used to slide, squirm and smoke alarmingly, and often end up in a fiery, crumpled heap somewhere.
Today we (hopefully) won’t be experiencing the latter, but we do have a chance to try a throng of Sixties race cars on the very track that Lord March’s vintage garden party circulates each Summer. The occasion? An opportunity for the media to sample Goodwood’s revival-inspired track day – a new corporate experience launched in May this year. To give you an idea of the clientele, the first customers were Coutts Bank, and there have been another 15 groups since.
The format is simple: an intro to the cars on the grid by Goodwood’s chief instructor David Brise, ably supported by several actors trying to sell you knock off watches or knicker elastic, and delivering telegrams on period post bikes. Intro over, you hop in and out of whatever cars happen to free and bash around the track for three laps with an instructor pointing you in the right direction, and pointing out the peculiarities of each car. Pip pip.