Building(s) on the Past
Next week the 2010 Goodwood Revival gets underway (17-19 September) with a host of attractions to appeal to all ages and sexes, whether keen motor racing fans, lovers of nostalgia or dedicated followers of cool 1950s and 1960s fashion.
In addition to the regular Revival buildings – lovingly restored since the Goodwood motor circuit was closed in 1966 - a number of set dressed ‘recreations’ will be prominent features of this year’s event, along the lines of the Earls Court Motor Show with its period Art-Deco façade that proved hugely popular with Revival visitors last year.
Greeting spectators this year as they enter the Goodwood motor circuit will be a period film set, with directors and actors producing an Ealing-style comedy, as well as an arty ‘film noir’. Authentic props from the Revival era of the 1950s and 60s will be used, including period cameras, arc lights, costumes and vehicles.
Near the popular Revival Market, Goodwood is creating a typical 1960s street scene with a period car park, bus depot and a Tesco supermarket that has been constructed especially for the event. Inside this Tesco’s, Revival visitors will be able to find and purchase many of there favourite products of the era, specially re-packed to look exactly as they did during the early 1960s. Prices are more likely to reflect current times, however!
The Richmond Lawn will be turned over to an early 1950s Big Top-style circus, including clowns, contortionists, a bearded lady, and even a hall of mirrors!
Not too far from this will be a period Hi-Di-Hi-type Holiday Camp, located at the Driver’s Club, with a pool, knobbly knees competition, and even a real miniature steam train with the track leading to the Driver’s Club entrance to give the competitors ‘a lift.