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  • Oct 21st 2012 at 12:33PM
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Any motoring enthusiast worth his salt knows and reveres the Goodwood Revival. While the Festival of Speed is exactly what the name states, the Goodwood Revival is an experience unlike any other. More than just vintage racing, nearly everyone in attendance dresses in period-correct clothing, and you are immersed in a different era. Now, if only we could have something like that here in the States.

It appears that may be in the works, as Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance founder Bill Warner is in talks with Goodwood's Lord March to bring an event like the revival to the United States. According to the report from Auto Minded, the aim is to have an event take place in the fall, after the conclusion of Europe's vintage events.

The report suggests that the Florida town of Fernandina Beach, to which Warner has strong ties, is an ideal location. The town has a municipal airport that can provide facilities for vintage aircraft as well as the layout for a race course. (The FAA would need to approve the location.) Additionally, Fernandina Beach is close to luxury resorts that befit the concours/vintage-racing set.

While there are several prominent Concours events, such as Pebble Beach. Amelia Island and Greenwich, as well as racing events in Lime Rock and Monterey, the US does not have a revival-type event that throws you into the past the way that Goodwood does. Let's hope this plan comes to fruition.

UPDATE: The PR firm representing the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance contacted us to inform us that the group is not involved in the above plans. Please scroll down to read a statement from Amelia Island Concours chairman Bill Warner.

"We have read the various reports about the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance being in talks to bring a Goodwood-like revival to the United States, and they are not true. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation has only approached the City of Fernandina (FL) and The Fernandina Beach Airport officials to determine whether a vintage racing event could take place on their facility. While we certainly respect Goodwood as an organization, we are not currently involved in bringing this event to the States and any statement suggesting that we are, is purely speculative." -Bill Warner, Chairman of Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

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      • 2 Years Ago
      The question, since it will be an American event, is who ends up buying the naming rights? Auto Classics Weekend brought to you my Tostitos. Makes and Motors 2013 presented by deBeers Diamonds. You know it's going to happen! What makes Goodwood so good is becasue Lord (Earl?) Marsh just wants to make cool cars around and for people to enjoy them. Same for the spin up Rod Millen's driveway in NZ. If the whole thing has to bring a return on investment, it won't have the staying power.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can't replicate the Revival on an airport road course. Part of the charm of Goodwood is the track. There is not a bad spot for spectators there. Plus it looks very much like a period race track. I think there is a place for an event like this in the U.S., if you extended the years to the mid 70's you could have Trans-Am, Can-Am, and F5000. Who wouldn't want to see all of those cars at one event?
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      It would be hard to duplicate an event like Goodwood in America and why would you. Why do we need more European copies here? Didn't someone want to make an exact copy of the Nurburgring in Texas and we already have the Petit LeMans and now we want to copy the Goodwood? Let's get an original idea here...
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would definitely be there, as a participant or a spectator.
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      Wood is indeed good
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      Good idea
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      Great news! Schenley Park vintage race in Pittsburgh is similar. Unfortunately it's usually hot as blazes so the vintage clothing is not really evident.
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