Summer lovin'! Vintage fanatics brave the heat as they don retro dresses and naval uniforms for Goodwood Revival

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  • Retro lovers took to the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester today 
  • READ MORE: Glamorous racegoers pull out the fashion stops 

It’s the popular annual racing festival that vintage fanatics eagerly wait for and this year revellers did not disappoint. 

Vibrant festivalgoers took to the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester to travel back in time to ‘good old days’ today. 

Launched in 1998 to celebrate mid-20th century motorsport, the three-day event has remained virtually unchanged ever since, featuring wheel-to-wheel racing in classic cars surrounded by the fashion and feel of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. 

From stylish updos to beehives, polka-dot aprons to air hostess dresses, and army uniforms to silk neckerchiefs, the revellers battled it for best dressed. 

According to the Goodwood website: ‘At Revival we revisit a time when people would cherish their clothes, cars and special belongings for a lifetime of use.’

Dolly and Grace echo the 1940s with their outfits, as they took to the festival in Chichester to relive the old days

Dolly and Grace echo the 1940s with their outfits, as they took to the festival in Chichester to relive the old days

Circus performers dressed in sparkly uniforms put on a display during day one of the Goodwood Revival

Circus performers dressed in sparkly uniforms put on a display during day one of the Goodwood Revival

Men dressed in vintage clothes gather around a 1966 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder at the event earlier today

Men dressed in vintage clothes gather around a 1966 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder at the event earlier today 

Many took to day one of the festival dressed in retro clothing – and they are in for plenty of fun activities throughout the day. 

Among the events at the festival include talks with Mary Quant and Vogue Greece editor, Sarah Bailey and Amber Butchart.

Those interested in heirloom hunting will also be able to attend a talk with Salad Days Market and Micaela Sharp.

The festival goers braved the boiling 26-degree heat in Chichester, with some wearing full suits and police uniforms. 

One woman, dressed in canary yellow with a stylish updo, was pictured waving a fan around to bat away the sweltering hot weather. 

Women were dressed in period clothing, with some echoing the days of Rosie the Riveter during World War II. 

Some opted for curled hair and red lipstick and men looked dapper in suits as they looked at the different retro cars at the show. 

Between 1948 and 1966, the Goodwood Motor Circuit staged classic races such as the Tourist Trophy for sports cars and the Glover Trophy for grand prix cars. 

Attendees of the event wore stylish updos, beehives, polka-dot aprons, air hostess uniforms, and army uniforms

Attendees of the event wore stylish updos, beehives, polka-dot aprons, air hostess uniforms, and army uniforms 

Two revellers dressed in vintage military uniforms strike serious poses as they look directly into the camera

Two revellers dressed in vintage military uniforms strike serious poses as they look directly into the camera

Spectators attend day one of the 2023 Goodwood Revival festival. Here a man is dressed in an old police uniform

Spectators attend day one of the 2023 Goodwood Revival festival. Here a man is dressed in an old police uniform 

Vroom vroom! A young girl looks happy as she mimics revving a motorcycle at the Goodwood Revive

Vroom vroom! A young girl looks happy as she mimics revving a motorcycle at the Goodwood Revive 

A woman dressed in canary yellow looks glamorous as she waves her fan to bat away the heat

A woman dressed in canary yellow looks glamorous as she waves her fan to bat away the heat

The festival has previously described its event as ‘a magical step back in time to the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be in Goodwood’s heyday’.

Young revellers also took part in the fun, with one girl pretending to rev a vintage motorcycle at the much-loved event. 

Many looked around at the rare cars on display at the festival. 

One of which was the 1966 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder, while another was the Ferrari 500 TRC, 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spier Corsa and an Allard J2.

A rider on a classic checkerboard-style motorcycle prepares to race on opening day

A rider on a classic checkerboard-style motorcycle prepares to race on opening day 

A fleet of classic military-style motorcycles drive across the festival with people dressed in traditional uniforms

A fleet of classic military-style motorcycles drive across the festival with people dressed in traditional uniforms 

A man is dressed in a pilot costume surrounded by women who are dressed in air-hostess style dresses and neckerchiefs

A man is dressed in a pilot costume surrounded by women who are dressed in air-hostess style dresses and neckerchiefs 

Harley Davidson fans sit on their motorcycles and prepare at the start line dressed in yellow and black

Harley Davidson fans sit on their motorcycles and prepare at the start line dressed in yellow and black

A clown dressed in orange with face paint on smiles for the camera at Goodwood Revival

A clown dressed in orange with face paint on smiles for the camera at Goodwood Revival

Men gather around a retro car at Goodwood festival on day one of the show

Men gather around a retro car at Goodwood festival on day one of the show 

Women wearing period clothing look happy as they walk through the paddock on the opening day

Women wearing period clothing look happy as they walk through the paddock on the opening day

Car enthusiasts gather around a Ferrari 500 TRC (centre) 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spier Corsa (left) and an Allard J2 (right)

Car enthusiasts gather around a Ferrari 500 TRC (centre) 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spier Corsa (left) and an Allard J2 (right) 

A woman wearing red lipstick and a Royal Air Force helmet strikes a serious pose at the camera

A woman wearing red lipstick and a Royal Air Force helmet strikes a serious pose at the camera

A fleet of motorcycles with the Royal Air Force logos are pictured at the festival

A fleet of motorcycles with the Royal Air Force logos are pictured at the festival 

A clown looks into the camera and smiles as circus performers put on a display

A clown looks into the camera and smiles as circus performers put on a display

Men dressed in vintage mechanic overalls refuel motorcycles at the festival

Men dressed in vintage mechanic overalls refuel motorcycles at the festival

Car enthusiasts look at the line up of classic cars at Goodwood Revival today

Car enthusiasts look at the line up of classic cars at Goodwood Revival today

Women dressed in vintage air-hostess clothing smile as they pose with a man dressed as a pilot

Women dressed in vintage air-hostess clothing smile as they pose with a man dressed as a pilot

The women beam as they pose in front of a classic plane on the opening day of Goodwood Revival

The women beam as they pose in front of a classic plane on the opening day of Goodwood Revival 

A woman wearing red lipstick and an RAF helmet poses for the camera at Goodwood

A woman wearing red lipstick and an RAF helmet poses for the camera at Goodwood 

Circus performers look happy as they pose in front of their colourful tent

Circus performers look happy as they pose in front of their colourful tent 

A man smiles as a man dressed in a police officers uniform inspects his motorcycle

A man smiles as a man dressed in a police officers uniform inspects his motorcycle 

People dressed in period clothing walk around Goodwood festival on day one

People dressed in period clothing walk around Goodwood festival on day one

A group of people dressed in vintage clothing wheel a car around the festival at Goodwood

A group of people dressed in vintage clothing wheel a car around the festival at Goodwood 

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