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Later this week the 2009 Goodwood Revival gets underway (18-20 September) with a host of attractions to appeal to all ages and sexes, whether keen motor racing fans, lovers of nostalgia or dedicated followers of cool 1950s and 1960s fashion. Building(s) on the Past: In addition to the regular Revival buildings – lovingly restored since the Goodwood motor circuit was closed in 1966 ­– a number of set dressed ‘recreations’ will be prominent features of this year’s event, along the lines of the BGC Earls Court Motor Show with its period Art-Deco façade that proved hugely popular with Revival visitors last year. Greeting spectators this year as they entre the Goodwood motor circuit will be a Carnaby Street-inspired Swinging Sixties street scene, adorned with Minis, taxis and buses, plus people shopping in the their finest 1960s fashions. Near this will also be a sympathetic recreation of the famous Mike Hawthorn TT garage, with various bits of Jaguar paraphernalia dotted around. Located within the in-field of the Goodwood circuit will be The March Motor Works, a series of authentic period showrooms, showcasing the heritage of Jaguar Cars, Gulf Oil, Morgan Motors, Michelin Tyres and Aston Martin in true nostalgic Revival style. Ladies Day and Fashion: The sight of race-goers smartly dressed in their finest 1950s and 1960s-inspired fashions is one of the vital ingredients that make the Goodwood Revival so unique and thoroughly entertaining. The Revival remains the only motor sport event in the world to hold a dedicated Ladies Day (Saturday 19 September), with spot prizes of champagne being awarded to the best dressed women by an expert panel of fashion judges. As part of Goodwood’s celebration of 50 years of the Mini car, the mini skirt will also be honoured at the Revival, with visitors (preferably female) encouraged to wear their best mini skirt with special Ladies Day prizes being award to the best skirt and leg combo. To meet the huge demand for 1950s and 1960s fashions and paraphernalia, the popular Revival Market has been extended out across the road from the main Goodwood circuit entrance, near the enormous Revival Car Show, to cater for more specialist exhibitors. Revivalfest: The nostalgic appeal of that most British of authentic historic motor race meetings is set to get a distinctive continental flavour, courtesy of German prestige car and motorcycle manufacturer BMW AG. Part of the Revival motorcycle paddock area is being turned into a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest bar – known as the BMW Revivalfest – serving authentic German beer and hearty fare, such as white pork sausages, pretzels and mustard. Historic BMW vehicles, sourced from the BMW Museum in Munich, will also be on site to add to the Bavarian Oktoberfest has its origins in the Bavarian capital Munich, home to Revival sponsor and Oktoberfest host BMW. This event is traditionally held for 16 days from late September until early October in Munich. As the timing of this year’s Revival coincides precisely with the beginning of the Oktoberfest session, BMW suggested bringing this taste of Germany to Goodwood for the second successive year, with the food and beer presented in an authentic Oktoberfest environment. The Munich Oktoberfest attracts around 6.2 million visitors who on average chomp and slurp their way through 142,500 pairs of sausages and 69.406 hl of beer. The Goodwood visitors at the Revival are expected to have a rather more modest appetite, especially as more traditional 1950s and 1960s English fare, including cups of tea and newspaper-wrapped fish and chips, are also available in abundance around the unspoiled Goodwood motor circuit site.Tags: