This week, we catch up with IWC friend Ben Clymer of watch blog Hodinkee, as he reports from the annual Goodwood Revival Festival- known to be the “largest assembling of fine vintage automobiles on planet Earth”.
Held 60 miles outside of London in a town called Chichester, Goodwood Revival is an immense showcase of finely crafted and exquisitely maintained vintage automobiles, and, as organizers put it, is the place to “revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing”. The event focused this year on the peak of racing, between the years 1948 – 1966.
Ferrari GTO’s, Rolls Royce, and even Mercedes Benz iconic Silver Arrows participated and were featured in the event’s circuit. Adrenaline ran through the air, as the sound of mighty motors roared during the Festival’s three days.
Cars on display at the 2012 Goodwood Revival (image courtesy Goodwood Revival)
In addition to the cars on display, festival participants were encouraged to dress the part and “leave the modern world behind”- with the style suggested called “Fancy Dress”. Event goers gladly acquiesced, and as a result, there was a good deal of tweed, racing caps, fur, and hats about.
Traditional tweed on display at the event (photo courtesy Hodinkee)
In addition to motor-ready attire, attendees brought out their finest timepieces, including a number of beautifully maintained IWC watches. As Ben Clymer documented in Hodinkee, this made for “absolutely epic watch spotting”.
A vintage IWC timepiece photographed by Ben Clymer (photo courtesy Hodinkee)
The same thread runs through the admiration for a well-crafted automobile and a well-crafted watch: both are a sophisticated pursuit for those who seek authenticity, innovation, and respect for tradition.
Another fantastic vintage IWC spotted at the Revival (photo courtesy Hodinkee)
We look forward to more reports from Ben Clymer, as he seeks out interesting and rare timepieces, and stay tuned as we continue to report on more global IWC journeys.