Goodwood, has established itself in the south of England as the place to go for horse racing, the Rolls Royce factory, and most notably for the events of the Festival or Speed and the Revival which are centred on historic and modern motorcars, motorcycles & aviation. The Revival has particular interest to me because the whole event is staged in the pre-1966 era and encapsulates the people and the movement that is; the vintage scene.
Some 160,000 people descend upon Goodwood every September for this annual weekend of vintage style. They make the pilgrimage from the world over to soak up the ambiance of a previous era and to indulge in vintage fashion, classic motor racing and aerial displays by classic fighter aircraft.
I have been part of the Goodwood Revival for the past 10 years, with a little vintage bicycle shop. A pop up version of my own office and showroom here in deepest Essex. I de-camp to Goodwood for every Revival, and at the beginning of 2013, I had a call from them. “We want to celebrate the Tour de France, and you’re the man to do it”. At the end of the conversation, I found myself as the curator of Le Tour De Goodwood, with a task of finding 80 period clothed cyclists with pre-66 racing bicycles and suitable vintage support vehicles.
Starting with a launch at the Goodwood motorsport press day, I then made trips to France, Italy and Belgium to spread the word, followed by lots of correspondence back and forth to participants and Goodwood. A plan slowly came together and was capped off, by tracking down a collection of original vintage 'Le Caravanne' advertising vehicles from a Tour De France collection in Brittany. The hard work bared fruit on the morning of the 13th September 2013 when I opened the doors of my French bicycle shop; the ‘Bicyclette D’Aubigny’. Built from scratch by the team at Goodwood (of which I would like to thank Julius Thurgood for its finishing details); it formed the centre of a French town square, which gave the feeling that, Le Tour had stopped at Goodwood. Everyone involved entered into the French spirit, all of which was captured beautifully by photographer, Joe Mcgorty. Joe introduced himself to me at the start of the event and said he wanted to photograph the occasion. These are the results and I felt I had to share them. on The Old Bicycle Showroom magazine.
|Richard Hoffner of Le Velographe|
Some films that give a flavour of the event.
The Goodwood Revival takes place every September and more information can be found on the Goodwood website.
Joe Mcgorty is a professional photographer and amongst his more notable portraits are the likes of John Hurt, David Sushet, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Vincent Cassel, Timothy Everest and Audrey Tautou. His website can be found here including the gallery of the rest of the Goodwood Tour de France celebrations.