Business, Culture

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival – review

Last weekend (6th and 7th September 2014) we took the way to the Southwest of England – Devonshire to be more precise, as we wanted to check this region situated at just 2 hours 15 minutes from the Capital (train from Paddington).

We decided to reside in Exeter in the heart of the county.

The city is not that big but there is a real buzz. A lot of independent shops just off High Street and down Fore Street.

We were looking forward to an event we slightly covered back in April 2014. It is the first of its kind in the business district located in Southernhay.

Turner Locker Barnfield commercial property consultants were behind this vintage vehicles gathering. No one knew what to expect. Slight anxiety first around 10am when only a handful of cars arrived in this unique setting that is Barnfield Crescent. A beautiful place for such event.

…Barnfield Crescent is a Georgian crescent garden. Barnfield Crescent was, like Southernhay West and Dix’s Field, a development by Matthew Nosworthy. It was planned in 1792 but in 1805 only five houses, Nos 2-6, were built. No 1 was added in a similar style in c.1840 by Dr Thomas Shapter, but it is of three storeys, not four like the rest of the crescent… Source

Turner Locker Barnfield  Revival - Barnfield Crescent Exeter - photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival – Barnfield Crescent Exeter – photo by WhiteAndCream

Within half and hour the crescent was almost full of incredible cars and motorbikes too. There was more to it than just roaring engines.

Well thought entertainment, food and drink was there too including:

  • BikeCaffe Exeter for a delightful and quirky coffee
  • Good Game for burgers and sausages
  • Hidden Treasure tea room for….tea and cakes
  • Frobishers Juices providing refreshing drinks
  • The Cocktail Caravan for freshly prepared beverages.

For the music it was all about The Night Owls Band and The Siren Sisters bringing that real feel of being out of this world usually full of electronic gadgets. For a day all technology was left aside in order to completely absorb the beauty of this “So British” meeting of petrol heads loving wonderful engines and shapes.

TLB Revival Exeter 2014 - photo by WhiteAndCream

TLB Revival Exeter 2014 – photo by WhiteAndCream

There was even a stall of Vintage clothes by The Real McCoy…just in case you forgot your flat cap or tweed.

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival Exeter - photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival Exeter – photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival 2014 - photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival 2014 – photo by WhiteAndCream

This was just the first TLB Revival put together on a small scale. However, the response was pleasing and the success was undeniable. Turner Locker added a small update on their News section of their site.

This shows that working in the investment property market  also allows to have a passion outside the office space and weekends can be spend at better things than watching television or scrolling down the touchscreen of your smartphone.

Of course, this was not to compete with Goodwood Revival but to simply reproduce a winning recipe as long as there are enough participants to create that vintage buzz and to bring a community together for a few hours.

To be continued…

TLB Revival event Exeter - photo by Andrew Butler

TLB Revival event Exeter – photo by Andrew Butler


Business, Culture

Goodwood Revival and Turner Locker Barnfield Revival

Each year there are some real British events taking place throughout the country such as:

Something very traditional – a bit like pasties and/or cream teas.

The Boat Race

The Boat Race

The Boat Race can be compared to the England Vs France in rugby (6 Nations) – playing with the enemy with a strategy to win of course, but keeping that entente cordiale, despite strong tackles and powerful drop goals.

Entente Cordiale

Entente Cordiale

It is always great to see that Britain is keeping some traditions running even with the presence of strong Continental and American influences.

There is also the comeback of vintage: in fashion, cars, interior design too.

Goodwood Revival is exclusively reserved to classic car/bikes lovers and even collectors : keeping a certain class and style too for all these enthusiasts of beautiful machines from a certain era.

Goodwood Revival Fashion and Style

Goodwood Revival Fashion and Style

Dressing with that certain extra touch is rare these days. Not saying that people can’t dress anymore – but the casual style is omnipresent.

It is a bit like Ladies’ Day during Royal Ascot: there is a dress code to make that day a real experience to remember.

…Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat…

Ladies' Day at Ascot

Ladies’ Day at Ascot

The vintage spirit and good fun is spreading towards the Southwest of England where Turner Locker Barnfield is planning on 7th September 2014 an event based on the legendary Goodwood Revival.

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival

A rather pleasing step forward for commercial property consultants covering/providing various services such as:

  • investment property/brokerage,
  • offices to let/offices and shops space,
  • property management,

just to name a few (for more details check their site – or follow their Facebook page and/or twitter stream).

It could almost be seen as a concept and interesting project to attract a passionate  crowd – particularly “petrol heads” into central Exeter, which has been booming since the opening of John Lewis and the forthcoming IKEA superstore.

There is something slightly similar just on the outskirts of the city: Powderham Castle Historic Vehicles Gathering– which has be running for many years – but not exactly with all these details which brings the revival vibes.

Devonshire attracts a lot of tourists because of the beautiful seaside and landscape such as the Jurassic Coast. With the potential addition of a Classic Car & Bike reunion, it will give this special cachet to that region and without a doubt a boost to visit/discover that County which has been badly damaged during Winter storms.

Goodwood Revival has been successful for years.

Turner Locker Barnfield is not trying to compete but to re-create something with the same vision on a regional scale.

It will be exciting to see how it goes and to check the local press coverage/reports and certainly colourful pictures.

However, if vehicles aren’t your cup of tea there is also Velo Vintage (or The Tweed Run of the Southwest).