Rennie Scaysbrook | October 12, 2022
If there’s one race meeting you need to attend before you set off at sunset, it’s the Goodwood Revival in the UK.
Photograph by Jahn Photography
The modern era is exhausting. Seen through rose-tinted glasses, the past can look really, really rosy. The technological age we live in seems increasingly detached from reality, but what if I told you that there is a place where time seems to have stood still in the early 1970s? Would you like to make the trip?
I hope so, because such a place exists in the south of England.
The Goodwood Revival is the world’s premier historic racing meeting for cars and motorcycles, but it’s more than just a race. Period attire is mandatory – the ladies and their dresses, the gentlemen in all sorts of suits, racing suits, trousers and suspenders – and the machines that made motorsport what it is today. is a paradise for gasoline enthusiasts.
We followed Goodwood 2022 with BMW Motorrad to watch Eugene Laverty and his ultra-exotic 1929 BMW R57 Kompressor (supercharged) racer, but the racing was almost a sideshow to the sheer extravagance of the Goodwood Revival itself.
Our journey began in London and took us on BMW R 18 and R nineT machines north of Milton Keynes to visit the historic Marshall Amplification factory, the same factory that produced the amps that Jimmy Hendrix and Slash insisted on make them as famous as they have become.
Marshall’s connection to motorcycling comes from being the speaker supplier to the R 18 line of cruisers – the first edition R 18, Bagger and Transcontinental – and once we’d had our fill of musical mayhem in the purpose-built recording studio that had Rolling Stones and Metallica mixing desks, it was off to Oxford and the Mini Cooper factory.
BMW bought Mini in 1996 and led a transformation of the iconic British brand. Compared to the heady days of the 1960s, today’s Mini Cooper factory is light years ahead – robots do most of the work, from welding to painting to cutting – with hands people who take care of the electronics and the finishing work. It’s hard not to feel inferior to a robot that can work 24/7, let alone 60 robots in one place.
But the trip was really about the Goodwood Revival. It’s a place you really have to experience at least once in your life. Goodwood represents absolute sensory overload. NC
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