When heading to a vintage event and trying to seek the correct bus stop in a strange place, look to the dazzling, pin-curled dame who strolls passed you, purposefully turning a corner. Follow that white rabbit, and she will lead you to where you want to go.
Such as it was when, last weekend, we set off on a Bibelot Day Out, to this years’ Goodwood Revival. Around that corner was a fleet of gleaming vintage buses awaiting us. Now we KNEW that we were in the right place!
A few minutes later we had most definitely arrived, there was no mistake; we could see cars, hear cars, smell cars. But there was also something else that hit us. There was STYLE.
Each year Goodwood in West Sussex is taken back in time, the racetrack screaming under thousands of vintage cars, while the pedestrian paths are transformed in to catwalk runways. Visitors are dressed in their vintage finest, and enjoy races, music and style-watching, all over a jolly weekend!
If you are new to Goodwood be warned; the atmosphere is unlike anything else, the sound of thousands of engines growling, champagne glasses clinking, jive music floating from silver bullet caravans and airplanes looping through the clouds.
This year boasted parades of top notch vintage stalls, but not so many to induce a sense of panic (‘Who knows what rare beauties I might be missing just in the next aisle!?’). It was lovely to stumble across old favourites, including the lovely fellas at as I Need Spex and find new discoveries, most memorable being La Bowtique (divine French handmade bowties).
We watched The Chap Olympiad unconventional sports day competitions (which included lobster fencing!) from a sun-kissed hay bale, and felt the thrill of rare classic cars whipping around the circuit amidst genteel picnics on the lawns.
Even the cheerful press tent was fully equipped with standard mod-cons (reams of plug sockets to recharge cameras and laptops) but also with old-fashioned typewriters and Bakelite telephones, just for fun!
One of the most memorable sights was definitely the 1950’s style Tesco store, which had real stock for sale amidst props of old nostalgic displays. Even the staff had donned the original uniform and classic up-dos! This spectacle was set amidst a vintage retail town, which was akin to a film set, with do-ragged waitresses, airmen and DE mobbed soldiers strolling around in character.
Regulars will be familiar with Betty’s Hair Parlour, which, now in their 5th year at Goodwood, has become something of a staple for ladies to pre-book and get their hair done specially for the weekend. With roller disco, lindy hop, artist Peter Blake’s Art Bus complete with custom heart applique vinyl folding bus seats – there was plenty of entertainment to go around.
The day was splendid fun! Having only booked ourselves a day pass, we left on one of the amazing deco buses (complete with ashtray set inside each of the seats!) vowing to return next year with a full weekend ticket and a nearby hotel booked.
Bibelot highly recommends!
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