STEP OUT FROM THE TARDIS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

This year, there was a big vin­tage mar­ket, a his­toric fair­ground, pe­riod shops (though we re­ally missed the 1960s branch of Tesco that has been a mem­ory-jerk­ing high­light of past gath­er­ings – please bring that back, Lord March), mul­ti­ple gen­res of mu­si­cians and bands, and even a fash­ion show. Good­wood is just a huge dol­lop of nos­tal­gia brought con­vinc­ingly back to life.

Step out from the TARDIS po­lice box – be­cause, nat­u­rally, there was one of those – and com­plete the time­trav­el­ling il­lu­sion, with­out hav­ing seen any mo­tor sport what­so­ever.

How­ever, what re­ally brought Good­wood to life this year wasn’t just Bri­tish her­itage – it was Ital­ian passion, too. The Fiat 500 birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded typ­i­cal tableaux of the Ital­ian café cul­ture, com­plete with comic Polizia cre­at­ing accidental traf­fic jams with wild yelling and ges­tic­u­la­tions, and sharply-dressed young Romeos chat­ting up beau­ti­ful girls sip­ping wine be­fore be­ing chased away by ma­tri­ar­chal chap­er­ones.

It was all done with such lovely hu­mour and at­ten­tion to de­tail that it was im­pos­si­ble not to be ut­terly beguiled. Which is a trick that the Re­vival man­ages to re­peat year af­ter year af­ter year…

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