#02 Notes from Accurist
Rev your engines, it’s the Goodwood Revival
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to step back into the glamorous heyday of motorsport racing (before supercars, lightening-fast pit stops and genuinely ear-splitting revs somewhat sucked the romance out of it), block off the second weekend in September for the Goodwood Revival. And get yourself down to your local vintage emporium, sharpish.
From the 8th to the 10th of September, thousands of motorsports and vintage fans will flood the Goodwood Estate near Chichester in West Sussex, transforming it into a temple to automobiles of the 1930s to 1960s. Over three days, the glorious green grounds are used as a vintage rally circuit with competitive races played out in closed-cockpit GT cars, rear-engined Formula Juniors, two-rider 1960s motorbikes, 1950s saloon cars and 1930s Voiturette racers. Visitors can get up close to some truly iconic classic cars, like McLaren M1Bs, Ford GT40s, Lotus 30s, Jaguar D-types, and Aston Martin, Maserati and Ferrari models from the 1950s and 1960s.
The other spectacle at the Goodwood Revival is the people – or more precisely, the fashion. While there is no official dress code, nearly everyone gets into the spirit of the weekend with vintage outfits from the same decades as the cars. For the gents, popular looks include three-piece suits worn with brogues, fedoras and cravats, military uniforms, and Rockabilly greaser interpretations with turned-up jeans, white T-shirts, leather jackets and slicked-back hair. Ladies at the event take inspiration from a diverse pool: mini dresses and knee-high boots of the Swinging Sixties; prim suiting and heavy hats; glamourous evening gowns worn with fur shrugs; war-time work gear; and the petticoats and polka dots of the 1950s.
Getting the look right is taken very seriously indeed – Goodwood has a team of spotters working the crowd in search of candidates for the daily Best Dressed Man and Lady Awards held in catwalk form at the end of each day. Making an outfit look authentic comes down to the details. Grooming is essential, and can make or break a period outfit – those in need of help can turn to Goodwood Revival’s on-site hairdressers and make-up artists. So too are accessories like shoes, hats, handbags and watches.
For appropriate timekeeping at Goodwood, the Accurist Vintage men’s watch collection is ideal. Keep it simple with a black and rose gold watch with round dial, or make an impact with a square-faced watch on a typically retro brown leather strap. Should you feel the need to double check the timing of the officials, you can do so with this 60s-inspired chronograph.
For ladies, the Accurist Dress and Classic watch collections are a treasure trove of vintage-inspired gems. The thin Milanese bracelet of this ladies watch gives a nod to glamorous 1960s styles, while the tiny tonneau case, mother-of-pearl dial and sleek black strap of this ladies timepiece takes us a decade further back in time to the 1950s.
Once you’ve had your fill of motor cars and races, stretch the vintage fun of the Goodwood Revival into the evening by using your ticket to gain access to Over the Road – a wonderland of dancing, music, fairground rides and fashion stalls. The good old days are not so far away.
Come back next month to see #03 Notes from Accurist which will spotlight British Cult Classics…