I’m pretty excited this morning because I’m about to head off to the United Kingdom with Autopian co-founder Beau to check out the Goodwood Revival, an amazing three-day automotive race and festival that is sort of like cosplay for the racing circuit between 1948 and 1966. That means there will be a lot of period car racing going on, people whipping incredible old cars around with the same abandon you’d fling your friend’s Mitsubishi Mirage into some shopping carts in a Kroger’s parking lot at 2am. It also means I have to dress the part.
The dressing up in period-correct clothes is a Big Thing at Goodwood, which is why none of that responsibility was left in my hands. All I know is that I had my measurements taken and I’ll presumably be handed some sort of outfit when I get there? I have no idea what it’ll be. Will I be in period-correct mechanics overalls? Made to look like a caricature of some ’60s Mod or Rocker? A gentleman racing fop? A trained racing chimp outfit? I suspect some manner of silly hat will be involved and I’ll feel wildly self-conscious so I promise to share my pain with all of you.
I’m very excited about the cars, though; the 1948-1966 period is one of my favorites for cars like these, which includes old Jags like the D-Type you see illustrated up top, and like the C-Type I got to drive part of the Mille Miglia in a few years back:
I’ll take any excuse to repost this photo. That’s fellow autojourno and Autopian contributor Alex Goy at the wheel there. This image represents the coolest I’ll ever possibly look, so, you know, drink it in.
Oh, and I’ll get to see our UK-based Autopian and Royal Cranky Gothy Designer, Adrian Clarke, so that’ll be a treat! Having him roll his eyes at my terrible taste just feels better in person, you know? Also, if I put on gloves, he said he’ll let me touch the taillights on his Ferrari! And maybe a turn signal!
Anyway, this’ll be fun, and I’ll be in the air most of today and at Goodwood this week, but there will be lots of updates coming soon!