Another first timer: what get's you where and what to do?

Another first timer: what get's you where and what to do?

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BigGingerBob

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1,392 posts

135 months

Tuesday 20th August
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Morning everyone,

last night I was told that my OH and I are off to Revival as a birthday treat. To say I'm excited is an understatement, I've been nattering about Revival for ages!

Anyway, I'm assuming that we've got admission only tickets (I don't want to snoop too much as it's a birthday gift) so what will that get us into?

Any tips for the day? I'm going to try and get there around 8am but is there a 'must do' list of activities? The website doesn't give all that much info on what's there and where it is.

September is also an odd time for weather, can be roasting, can be freezing and wet. What's everyone wearing?

Thanks all,

Look forward to seeing you there!

Lynchie999

2,797 posts

98 months

Tuesday 20th August
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BigGingerBob said:
Morning everyone,

last night I was told that my OH and I are off to Revival as a birthday treat. To say I'm excited is an understatement, I've been nattering about Revival for ages!

Anyway, I'm assuming that we've got admission only tickets (I don't want to snoop too much as it's a birthday gift) so what will that get us into?

Any tips for the day? I'm going to try and get there around 8am but is there a 'must do' list of activities? The website doesn't give all that much info on what's there and where it is.

September is also an odd time for weather, can be roasting, can be freezing and wet. What's everyone wearing?

Thanks all,

Look forward to seeing you there!
Dress for all weathers .... tweed if you'd like.

"Boggo" tickets don't get you into the "main" paddock but theres loads of other paddocks to wander around...

Walking and comfy shoes, walk the whole track, hang out at Lavant and st Marys and chill on the grass if you'd like...

errr .... have fun!

Trophybloo

1,205 posts

132 months

Tuesday 20th August
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Camping chairs
Picnic, including water
Early start to get a position on a good bend / big screen area
Flats for the OH ( painful to watch stilettos on uneven gravel / grass)
Camera
Look at program on-line in advance to plan your walkabout times. - Lavant bend to Paddock is about a 10 minute walk each way.


bockaaarck

311 posts

113 months

Tuesday 20th August
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As others have said, get there earlier rather than later, 8am should be ok. It’ll be busy, busy busy, and you’ll be doing a lot of wandering, standing and walking. Comfy shoes are a must, as are clothes that you’ll feel comfortable wearing and wandering in all day.

Weather can be changeable so a bag with sun cream, a jumper / shawl, just in case, is a good idea. If you can pack a few little ‘snacks’ to nibble on. Even a small flask for a tea / coffee each. It may be a good idea. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, I even if it’s busy.

The advice about checking the programme / running order is well worth doing. Then you can position yourselves 5-10 mins early, for a race you really want to watch. Other than that, dress in the appropriate fashion and spirit of the revival. Make sure you have a good wander around. And you should have a very enjoyable time.

Stridey

321 posts

52 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Firstly, do dress up. Not fancy dress, but a bit of vintage. for the ladies this is easy, for men I can’t tell you the number of men you see who don’t bother, it’s a real shame. Frankly all you need is a jacket, flat hat and a cravat. Or overalls.

It’s not really about the cars, it’s a great day out, fair ground, stands, wall of death, fashion show, car exhibitions, planes. You can view the racing on big screens, or walk around the track for a view, or get on a tractor ride. Vintage planes too.

Food. It’s pretty good quality stuff, to your ordinary ‘festival’ fare. Not cheap.

There are locker stands so you can take umbrella, wellies,packed lunch, etc without schlepping it around all day. A lady might want to take a pair of walking shoes so she isn’t in heels all day.

I can thoroughly recommend the Farmer Butcher Chef package as an upgrade. For £99 each you park at the Goodwood Hotel, ( no long walks) have breakfast, all in a vintage themed restaurant, estate source food. Then you get n a vintage car to be transferred right into the event. Then back for lunch by vintage car through the grounds of Goodwood house, then back for the afternoon. I don’t feel like I’m missing the racing as I go to classic races away from Revival for that. For £99 your avoiding paying £15 for pizza sitting on a straw bale in drizzle. Also the bogs are better!

I use the day to take my lady friend out on a jolly, she’s not as into cars as me, this really is a great day for people watching, some lovely cars (even on the journey there and back)

I did buy grandstand seats last year, great to get out of the rain, and a bit of action, but only for an hour or two, if that. I enjoy the YouTube live stream at home.

I hope you both have a great day, perhaps book your lady in for a hair do at Betties or Eden Hair and beauty (pm me for email), by way of a thank you. Gives you an hour to explore on your own too!


WJNB

1,967 posts

106 months

Tuesday 27th August
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This event is now super-mega & even on Fridays the day that is marginally less well attended by 7am queues will have already formed to access the car parks & there will have been queues at the pedestrian entrances from 6.30am. Arrive very early usually allows you to park nearish the pedestrian exit from the car park to the circuit entrance(s). I try & avoid obeying the marshalls (without seeming to be awkward) & detour to a parking spot of my choosing. I'll even re-park if necessary when the marshalls are not looking. This worked when I was suffering from a bad back & found walking any distance painful & of course I did not qualify for a disabled badge.
Sounds daft but I have sometimes been parked up by 6.30am thus gaining access the moment the gates open & thus get at least an hour without too many people & no queues for the obligatory breakfast bacon burger & coffee.
Arriving in the vicinity of Goodwood at 8am may see you waiting a long time to park.
Good luck if you're going on the Sunday - the crowds are dreadful but many like the really serious racing that takes place & some happy to hang around till very late in the evening enjoying all the fun of the fair in the field opposite before leaving.
As already advised wear something traditional it hasn't got to be authentic but PLEASE nothing post say1960 e.g. Nike trainers, hoodies etc because you will look a fool & SO out of place. Sadly just a very few ignore the suggested period dress code out of sheer blood-mindedness.

BigGingerBob

Original Poster:

1,392 posts

135 months

Wednesday 4th September
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Apparently the only flight that work for me to get on holiday as planned are on Sunday night.

What time is the TT usually? I really want to catch that. Also, leaving early won't ruin the day will it? I will be a bit miffed if it will.

CanAm

4,634 posts

217 months

Wednesday 4th September
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WJNB said:
As already advised wear something traditional it hasn't got to be authentic but PLEASE nothing post say1960 e.g. Nike trainers, hoodies etc because you will look a fool & SO out of place. Sadly just a very few ignore the suggested period dress code out of sheer blood-mindedness.
Period dress would be 1948 to 1966 surely, not turning up looking like a character from 'Allo, Allo' or as I saw the other year, a lady dressed as a Norlands Nanny, pushing a full sized pram.

coppice

5,486 posts

89 months

Thursday 5th September
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For those who are interested in racing more than recreating a pastiche of the the past then do get away from the serried ranks of crimson trousers and watch between No Name and Lavant. Some think it is compulsory to watch between chicane and Madgwick ,but it really isn't . Some serious big cojones driving on the exit of St May's especially .

I went to my first race meetings in the mid /late 60s , wearing Wrangler jeans , an army surplus parka and desert boots - and smoking rather too many Embassy tipped . A ghastly look , but rather more authentic than the pantomime exhibitionism the Revival has encouraged in creating a past which never existed.

Dress up all you like , enjoy yourselves , it is still an amazing event but after seeing one blowsy Marilyn Monroe and porcine Wing Commander too many I'll stick to the Members' Meeting .

CanAm

4,634 posts

217 months

Thursday 5th September
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coppice said:
A ghastly look , but rather more authentic than the pantomime exhibitionism the Revival has encouraged in creating a past which never existed.
+1 !!!

shaunroche

183 posts

91 months

Thursday 5th September
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coppice said:
For those who are interested in racing more than recreating a pastiche of the the past then do get away from the serried ranks of crimson trousers and watch between No Name and Lavant....
I'll be wearing my crimson Jeans and tweed jacket......but on Lavant…..I do hope I won't be sneered at! wink

Heehee, I know what you mean though! smile

Especially for the MM I bought a duffle coat as I thought that to be more authentic!


Trophybloo

1,205 posts

132 months

Thursday 5th September
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BigGingerBob said:
Apparently the only flight that work for me to get on holiday as planned are on Sunday night.

What time is the TT usually? I really want to catch that. Also, leaving early won't ruin the day will it? I will be a bit miffed if it will.
TT is usually a 1 hour race starting at 1400 hrs, so over by 1500 - Normally the Glover Trophy for 61-65 F1 cars takes place after the TT, but that's the only 'essential' you're likely to miss. Just look at the sacrifice you make as money in the bank for future negotiations with any Mrs BigGingerBob (other stereotypical presumptions are available) wink



WJNB

1,967 posts

106 months

Thursday 5th September
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coppice said:
For those who are interested in racing more than recreating a pastiche of the the past then do get away from the serried ranks of crimson trousers and watch between No Name and Lavant. Some think it is compulsory to watch between chicane and Madgwick ,but it really isn't . Some serious big cojones driving on the exit of St May's especially .

I went to my first race meetings in the mid /late 60s , wearing Wrangler jeans , an army surplus parka and desert boots - and smoking rather too many Embassy tipped . A ghastly look , but rather more authentic than the pantomime exhibitionism the Revival has encouraged in creating a past which never existed.

Dress up all you like , enjoy yourselves , it is still an amazing event but after seeing one blowsy Marilyn Monroe and porcine Wing Commander too many I'll stick to the Members' Meeting .
I fear there is much truth in this somewhat yet justifiable cynical observation. Have attended nearly every Revival in most roles from visitor to re-enactor to radio broadcaster until a year or so ago & as is often the case as in cars the original or earlier versions are best. The early years were fabulous, not too many rules, really proper low flying, no bossy marshals & security jobs-worth's everywhere or nil access unless you had paid a kings ransom. Got fed up with it being overcrowded & to some extent every year was a replica of the previous year. I'm unable to improve on the perfect description "pantomime exhibitionism".

mattdavies

15 posts

102 months

Wednesday 11th September
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CanAm said:
Period dress would be 1948 to 1966 surely, not turning up looking like a character from 'Allo, Allo' or as I saw the other year, a lady dressed as a Norlands Nanny, pushing a full sized pram.
I think I know the Norland Nanny you are referring to, she is a genuine Norland Nanny and there every year with the same children. She wasn't too far away from ditching the pram as the kids were pretty much walking and then last year she had a new born again.

CanAm

4,634 posts

217 months

Wednesday 11th September
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mattdavies said:
I think I know the Norland Nanny you are referring to, she is a genuine Norland Nanny and there every year with the same children. She wasn't too far away from ditching the pram as the kids were pretty much walking and then last year she had a new born again.
Surely it would make more sense to leave the nanny at home with the babes in arms?