The classic car message has been amplified by a huge increase in owner drivers and their participation of classic driving events.
In a finely engineered classic car, the most mundane of journeys can be an adventure. Certainly the modern trend is now to make regular working use of their cars and significantly regular outings are essential to the good health of an older motor car.
Undeniably events such as Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and Monaco Historics have enticed people to use competitively their priceless collections; but I believe it’s more at the grass roots level where the most significant increase in involvement, interest and purchasing has taken place.
Certainly one of the most popular and largest gatherings is the Sunday morning Goodwood Breakfast Club meeting; it’s one which I regularly attend. Each monthly meet is themed and has a huge & loyal attendance. The prices and condition of the cars are irrelevant as it is the coming together of like-minded people with one common interest....Classic Cars. There is a similar event held at historic Brooklands race track and many other smaller gatherings the length and breadth of the UK.
In the main the cars are not for sale, but simply coveted by one and all….there is a distinct lack of pretention and posturing amongst the owners and spectators alike. It is at events like this that an individual’s desire to become one of significant few is seeded…..and it escalates from there depending on the depth of your pocket.
Without doubt the largest and most unique event here in the UK is Goodwood Festival of Speed. Thanks to the event's classification as a hill climb, its location and desire to reflect the style and history of motor sport, spectators are literally track side, the noise and the atmosphere are intoxicating.
You are free to walk around several paddocks where the cars and drivers can be seen at close quarters. The atmosphere of the Festival of Speed, when compared to the separation of fans from drivers and machines common to most top end motor sport events, encourages participation and the continued yearly pilgrimage of almost everybody who attends.