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Photography by Mr John Balsom | Styling By Mr Dan May
Words by Mr Mike Goodbun

Sometimes we really ought to stop and rewind - we could think about adopting a slower pace of life and making more of an effort to savour the journey. Driving a classic car transports you back in time, to when door handles were made of real metal, wooden dashboards weren't moulded from plastic "trees", navigation was by map and a friendly man driving in the other direction would alert you to the policeman lurking around the next corner. Like wearing a vintage watch, driving a classic car says you appreciate quality mechanical engineering and timeless style. That classic cars are also tangible, usable assets with zero depreciation (or significant appreciation if you choose well) makes them all the more desirable right now.

To reacquaint yourself with the way marques such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo used to make cars, and how heroic drivers used to race them, get along to the Goodwood Revival meeting in Britain's West Sussex, from 16-18 September. It is the antithesis of high tech and the epitome of vintage cool, where cutting edge is banned and 1940s to 1960s nostalgia wholly embraced. That goes for the clothing, as well as the cars. Dress to impress, but drive a classic car if you really want to make an entrance. Above, veteran model Mr Roy Trevor Summersett, 64, shows exactly how this is done.
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THE CARS


1967-72 Aston Martin DBS Vantage
Aston Martin's DB5 hogs the James Bond car limelight thanks to Mr Sean Connery's portrayal of the secret agent, especially in Goldfinger, but the Mr William Towns-styled evolution of the DB line has the same claim to fame - driven by Mr George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Sharp, underrated, and all the better for not being the default choice. And, Mr Roger Moore's character Lord Brett Sinclair drove one in The Persuaders! - in oh-so-1970s Bahama yellow.
1959-60 Jaguar XK150 3.8 drophead coupe
The ultimate evolution of Jaguar's most graceful sports car line, started by the 120mph XK120 in 1948 - which was originally only built to showcase the Coventry marque's new twin-cam, six-cylinder XK engine. Broader and more full-bodied - like its owners - the XK150 doesn't require such extreme acts of contortionism to drive it.
1955-57 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
The 160mph gull-wing is the height of 1950s automotive design and technological know-how: the Bugatti Veyron of its day. With a racing-derived, fuel-injected six-cylinder engine and those signature roof-hinged doors - a necessity due to its spaceframe construction - it is equally at home swooping starlets off their stiletto-heeled feet in Hollywood as it is flying along the Brescia-Rome-Brescia route of Italy's Mille Miglia race, emulating Sir Stirling Moss. He used a gull-wing to recce the course before his fastest-ever 1955 victory in a 300 SLR.
1955-62 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
A jewel-like 1290cc twin-cam Italian sports car for the debonair man on a mission, such as Mr Edward Fox in The Day of the Jackal (click here to read an interview with the man himself) - assassination-spec sniper rifle concealed in the exhaust pipe; its white body panels resprayed blue in secluded woods near Monaco. Far cooler than the cliched Alfa Duetto Spider driven by Mr Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.
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