From Exeter Revival to Goodwood Revival

Just a month ago we visited sunny Devon as there was something vintage involving stylish classic cars: TLB Revival 1st Edition this was.

Not an easy task to organize such type of event because when there is a first edition – whatever the topic – it can be hit or miss/ make or break.

Turner Locker Barnfield being a commercial property letting agents and consultants in Exeter the challenge was even more exciting. Having setup a dedicated Facebook page explaining in details what it is about to classic/vintage vehicle owners and other passionate, no one exactly knew how many roaring engines would turn up.

There was music, food, beverages (hot and cold) as well as a stall with vintage clothes, just in case people attending were after that accessory to give a final touch to their look. The response was rather pleasing as passers-by dropped in to contemplate the beautiful machines (cars and motorbikes).

It really gave Exeter a sense of Goodwood for a day.

Mark Turner (“obsessive petrol head” as stated on his social media profile bio @marktlb) didn’t stop his trip back in time with his own event. He took the road and went to the real thing: Goodwood Revival.

TLB Revival at Goodwood Revival

TLB Revival at Goodwood Revival

What was also interesting: not only people in their 40s or 50s where there but also younger generations. What does this say to us?

TLB Revival at Goodwood revival - generations

TLB Revival at Goodwood revival – generations

Despite of all the technology around us – not mentioning the iPhone6 – most open air vintage gathering will attract a wide range of participants and visitors. There is an ongoing passion even in the 21st century for stylish vehicles. It is not just about the car manufacturers but it is also a family fun day out where it is possible to re-discover the beauty of some bodywork and solid chrome features on wheels as well as handmade burr walnut dashboards & comfortable leather seats.

There is a real sense of community when being part of these annual meetings. It can be compared with Royal Ascot or The Boat Race. In general, a certain type of people are going there. Same goes with football, cricket or rugby. In other words, you won’t see a football supporter at a rugby match and vice versa.

There is something subtle and unique for each manifestation.

The feeling of being part of such group is almost comforting with a certain cachet too.

It is not about being pompous or arrogant about it, but just happy when such celebration is on the map.

Life can be stressful: either about work or family matters. There must be room for leisure too, which gives a certain escapism to our daily obligations.

Whatever your job position, financial situation or background, taking time away from work – even for a few hours – will give you a certain boost to recharge these batteries.

When meeting up with other people it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – what counts is about the passion and the reason of showing up. Sharing the same interest for something almost exclusive will bring different cultures together and this is what it is all about.

In the meantime, we are already excited about TLB Revival 2nd Edition in 2015 – according to what we heard it will be better and bigger.

To be kept informed and know “what’s on” follow the updates via social media channel (

Dress and style at Goodwood Revival

Dress and style at Goodwood Revival


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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).