To attend a British motoring event held on an estate owned by someone named Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara (a.k.a. Lord March), you’ll need more than a day pack full of casual duds and a twin-blade razor. There will be vintage Ferraris and Astons waiting for track time — whose drivers, frankly, would be embarrassed for you. Plus, if you follow our mantra of always traveling with style, even if you can’t travel in style, then you’d already know to come prepared for memorable events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, where beautiful cars and beautiful people come to roam, rev and regale. We’ve put together a comprehensive kit that takes you from airport to hotel to track and back.
Suitable Anchor Navy Suit
You want to look put together at Goodwood, but you don’t want to spend your kid’s college money for a custom suit. At the very least, procure one that looks tight and is built to last. Suitable’s Anchor Navy Suit is easily worth more than its reasonable price. First of all, the material (70 percent wool, 15 percent viscose, 10 percent elastane and 5 percent polyester) is durable, breathable, and moves with you. The shade of a herringbone pattern outside and red stitching inside class things up even further. And did we mention it’s custom cut? Just sign in, plug in your measurements, and marvel when the perfectly cut suit arrives at your doorstep.
Proper Cloth Blue and Green Plaid Tailor Made Shirt
This richly hued cotton plaid from Portugal looks killer with a blue suit or blazer, and the tall button-down collar stays up nicely. It looks best without a tie; you don’t want to wear a tie at Goodwood. Plaid done this well suggests casual royalty rather than Mr. Brawny. Proper Cloth also does easy custom fitting through their simple website.
Nau Motil Pant
When traveling internationally, it’s wise to bring casual wear that can double as dressier duds. Nau’s Motil Pant boasts fast-drying capabilities, wrinkle resistance and a look that verges on heathered wool; its poly-cotton blend works well as a warm weather pant that can match a polo shirt just as well as a blue blazer. Its many hidden pockets provide plenty of storage without making you look like you’re packing rocks, while the slim cut keeps things crisp. It’s the Transformer of slacks.
Levi’s 513 Slim Straight Jeans
Denim is dressy now — or at least it can be if you do it right. And you don’t have to spend major bucks to get a great pair of dark denim. The 513 is an almost universal slim fit that gives more room in the seat and thigh area with a slimmer lower half. They’re dark and decadent, ideal for nights out with navy jacket. The 1.4 percent elastane also helps when you’ve had a bit too much Beef Wellington.
Winchester 1000 Mile Gentleman Brogue Boot
Think brogues have been overdone lately? Well, they’re not going away anytime soon, but you can change things up a a bit and go with a beautiful brogue boot. The Winchester is from Wolverine’s robust 1000 Mile collection, and they’re as comfy as they are stunning — plus, they add character to a suit and dress up a pair of jeans without even breathing hard. The full leather over foam insole provides cushion for longer walks on Goodwood grounds, while the sleek black hand-rubbed leather upper keeps things amply sophisticated for your day of British motoring goodness.
ECCO Contoured Plain Toe Tie
Every man needs a pair of suede bucks for summer; you can throw ’em on with jeans or something fancier, so they’re ideal for travel. But they’re not always the most practical shoe, or the most comfortable. ECCO’s nubuck leather version, however, captures classic style with unparalleled levels of comfort that’ll let you walk for hours. They’ve modernized the shoe with a wedge heel and their trademark Comfort Fibre System — making walks a pleasure, not a chore.
Horology isn’t just for the rich, you know. Martenero proves that with their line of custom automatic watches. The Founder is their more classic design and can be outfitted with a white or black dial, customizable colored hands and a strap of your choice of color and make (NATO or leather). Its 316L stainless steel case has a brushed and polished quality, and its C1 Superluminova lume provides solid low-light visibility. The Miyota 821A Automatic is smooth and accurate, has a 45-hour power reserve and is visible through the transparent caseback. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better value in custom watches — and it’s fancy enough for Goodwood, too.
Christopher Ward C700 Grande Rapide
Any self-respecting watch nerd travels with more than just one timepiece, and at this festival, at least one of them should be motorsport inspired. The C700 Grand Rapide has all the right bells and whistles: a Swiss ETA 7750 chronograph movement, a laser-cut carbon fiber dial and a natural rubber strap that evokes tire treads. Great action with the pushers and some great light interaction on the dial make it both fun to play with and good looking on the wrist. Racing nerds should give you compliments for your excellent taste.
Friday & River Classic Leather Belt
Like the vintage cars seen at Goodwood, a good outfit blends the old with the new. Friday & River’s handmade Classic Leather Belt is crafted from premium English bridle leather and features a solid brass buckle with a leather accent, along with your choice of keeper color. Like any quality leather product, it will only look better with time, granting a vintage touch to any outfit you choose.
Serengeti Udine Polarized Sunglasses
If you plan on doing some spirited driving on your way to an event like Goodwood, you’d be best served by polarized lenses — but for frames, you’ll want to go beyond simple aviators. Serengeti’s Udine sunglasses, with their black frames, airy Wire-Flex temples and super-light polarized glass lenses, look great with a suit and provide excellent visibility in virtually all light conditions.
Hard Graft Snap Wallet Ocean
Made with thick, deep blue leather that’s been hand dyed using bark extract and lined with their signature grey wool felt, the Hard Graft Snap Wallet is a conversation starter. It’s got plenty of room for bills and cards, and the twin snaps hold everything in securely. The wallet will age beautifully, growing into a deeper blue over time.
Kaufmann Mercantile Handmade Canvas & Leather Weekender Bag
A stylish carry-on keeps you from being stranded without luggage (like we were) and helps you look put together. Kaufmann Mercantile’s weekender bag has thick blue cotton canvas that’s reinforced with beautiful black latigo leather and finished off with nickel-plated hardware. The metal-framed mouth is hinged for easy opening, packing and unpacking — and the bag itself is easy to carry, with six-inch leather handles (great for airport sprints) and an adjustable shoulder strap.
HEX Camo Origin Backpack
For a backpack with a clean look and a bit of an edge, turn to HEX’s Origin in Camo. The clean design is clutter free with wide straps for great support. It has enough space for a 13- to 15-inch Macbook Pro, an iPad and other necessary travel gear. The coated canvas keeps things safe in crappy weather; but rain or shine, the Origin will look stylish and tight.
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Can a camera make you a better photographer? The EOS 70D’s revolutionary autofocus system certainly changes the game. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View makes for quick, highly adaptive and accurate autofocus for amazing still shots and crisp, clear video capture; its 3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch Screen monitor makes Live View a pleasure, while the built-in wi-fi and EOS Remote smartphone app adds welcome convenience, social media functionality and increased versatility.
DSPTCH Camera Sling Strap
DSPTCH’s colorful line of camera straps made with 1-inch mil-spec webbing and durable hardware can take a beating in the field. Adjustable to a length of 48 inches, it can handle both smaller cameras and full-frame beasts. The two sets of connectors allow you attach and detach quickly for shots on the go.
Otterbox Symmetry Series for iPhone 5s
After all the decision-making that went into your wardrobe, you don’t want your phone case to make an unsightly bulge in your suit jacket. The Symmetry Series wraps your iPhone 5/5s without adding too much bulk. The beveled edge is thin but keeps your screen safe, while all controls and ports are easily accessible.