Goodwood Revivial Dress Code

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Jim
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Hi Chris

Not sure what in my post you are suggesting was a joke, but I do find it hard to disassociate WW2 German military uniforms of any kind from the Nazis ('Well you started it! No we didn't. Yes you did, you invaded Poland!). I am aware that the Wermacht, Luftwaffe and Kreigsmarine were independent of their Nazi masters but that somewhat academic and subtle difference doesn't really cut it for me. I cannot recall whether I actually saw a Swastika or not and that isn't really the point. I just can't understand the thought process that leads someone to think it is appropriate to go to a race meeting held at an old RAF base in a wartime German uniform rather than the multitude of other, less controversial, options.

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Chris Martin
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Totally agree. I was not doubting your statement, just rhetorically hoping it may have been a joke, as I too can't believe anyone would have been so dumb as to think such a stunt would be fitting for the event. So, did someone really show up in German WII military uniform?

If so, why weren't they dealt with at the gate?

Chris M.

 

 

James Elliott
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Chris Martin wrote:

Totally agree. I was not doubting your statement, just rhetorically hoping it may have been a joke, as I too can't believe anyone would have been so dumb as to think such a stunt would be fitting for the event. So, did someone really show up in German WII military uniform?

If so, why weren't they dealt with at the gate?

Chris M.

 

I'm afraid Jim is on the money Chris. As well as a load of East European cold war uniforms, I saw between five and 10 people in full WW2 German uniform over the course of the weekend. Each one I saw made me feel a little bit queasy.

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That anyone would wish to attend the Revival wearing German military uniform defies belief. That they would be allowed onto the estate is almost as surprising. Time for some guidlines to be issued, I think.

Jim
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Yep there were a handful of German uniforms (including some very grown men in lederhosen, which while not offensive, was just plain surreal).

I think it might be too late to turn folk away from the gate, but maybe some guidelines should be issued with the ticket. There probably isn't anyone who planned to go to the event who is not aware that period dress is encouraged and I'd not want to see any sort of sanctions against people (that would be a minefield full of cans of worms, and the organisers no doubt have better things to be arranging). But surely forums like this, and there's another over on Pistonheads website as well, should create an atmoshpere of ambivalence at the very least to such costumes.

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=172&t=1194773&mid=0&i=0&nmt=Revival+Dress+Code+%2D+Would+a+Nazi+Uniform+be+Unacceptable%3F&mid=0

Pretty much  the same reaction as here, but starts to become more accepting as you go through...

Nowt as queer as folk etc.

Henryk
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  How would it go if some german car club had a revival and some english blokes wearing ww 2 army gear strutting about with their noses in the air  ( we won the war stuff )   I was born on the 18-9-48  around the time off the first race at goodwood therewas a lot of hardship then and poeple did not have decent clothing so should wee apear  dressed like tramps  i say live and let live. Henryk .

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Indeed yes. All rather odd seeing chaps strut around in Luftwaffe, Whermacht or anything of German origin from 1940's military garb. Unless, of course, it was a bedraggled flyer under close arrest by Tommy having been shot down by one of our heroic Spit pilots...