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Goodwood Revival 2015

Another year, another revival and another update in only a week! Editing pictures must be more fun than having to buy a kettle…

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This year with a big event remembering of Battle of Britain a few days after the revival there were more war birds than I could count. Appropriately, given their far greater numbers during 1940, there was a Hurricane on display. I actually learnt today that at the time of the Battle of Britain the Hurricane had a higher rate of climb than the Spitfire.

But the Spitfire could do this;

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…and somehow the shape just inspires confidence.

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What is interesting walking around is that the design influences clearly make it through to the racing cars of the 40’s and 50’s.

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I don’t have a good picture from this year showing the riveted construction that mimics the aircraft from 15 years earlier.

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Of course while the prestige cars have better lineage everyone comes to see the saloon cars because of the close and dramatic racing. Here Mike Jordan corners the Lotus Cortina he was sharing with his BTCC champion son, Andrew. It was a shame they hadn’t had the development of the Team Dynamics car as they were loosing out on the straights.

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Here Shedden shows his Scottish heritage getting the car onto 3 wheels though Madgewick in car he was sharing with Crasher Neal.

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One of the oddities of the day I took this rather smoky picture in the morning session and then this picture in the afternoon.

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It was only after I got that I noticed the driver staring straight down the lens. I missed getting a programme this year so I have no idea who you are, but hello!

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A Goodwood Revival update wouldn’t be the same without a Swiftune shot. 2 wheels off on a corner that falls away on the exit – totally committed.

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This year the Galaxies were there again, this one driven by Jochen Mass, but they couldn’t keep up with the Cortina’s.

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The circuit has lots going on in the middle but there as always the feeling that I might be missing something when you can hear the cars on track!

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As in previous years the first race is on the Friday night. Many people leave before it starts which is a great shame. It is great to watch the cars pound into the dark.

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Goodwood 2014 – Shelby Cup

The second update of photos from Goodwood. These are taken from Friday practice for the Shelby Cup. This race was for the Ford Falcon and derivatives to celebrate it’s win on the Monte Carlo Rally.

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Above is the regular (only at Goodwood could you use regular in this context) Falcon. This example is owned by Rowan Atkinson of Black Adder fame. He unfortunately connected with a stationary car during his race later in the weekend. It had spun in front of him and he had nowhere to go. The damage was not too heavy and I should imagine it will have been fixed by now.

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Also involved was this, a Mercury Cyclone… and they wrote it down the side so I didn’t have to look up the number! It ultimately looks to be basically the same but with 4 eyes.

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Now this I did have to look up – the Dodge Dart of Grahame Bryant who shared the drive with Anthony Reid. Anthony seemingly had a drive in every race, very much in the spirit of the era. It is a shame that we don’t get the likes of Hamilton entering Tin Top races and the F1 calender usually clashes with events like Le Mans.

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This is a car I had never heard of, a Studebaker Lark Daytona 500. It appears that later models used the Ford V8, not sure why this was out there for this race though.

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Finally of the variants is the Mustang, which is just a Falcon floor pan in fancy dress.

Some other pictures from the Qualifying session. While some seemed to be concentrating just on getting around others were hard on it right away.

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And at the end of the session Neil Twyman brings Julian Balme’s car in.

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Goodwood Revival 2014

Having taken a lot of pictures on Friday at the revival I intend to put up an update for each class but for now I thought I would put up a few of my favorites from a first pass of those taken. My programme has been ‘borrowed’ so I will have to be light on detail for now.

Unlike last year (pictures here)  the weather was great so I got lots of interesting (to me at least) pictures. I forget each year that you just can’t get around in a day and so missed most of the infield this time around… next year!

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I think one of the appeals of the event is that you can see the drivers working the cars. From a race engineers point of view the chassis flex of the car above is terrible but seeing the driver fight the short comings is the spectacle.

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Alonso, I have found your issue. Get the team to paint your wheels blue… and maybe fit a flat 12 engine.

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The cars are used and sadly accidents happen but I would rather this than never hear the sound or see the site of these cars sliding through the kink.

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Some drivers have so much spare capacity they are checking their mirror… coming into the 100mph Madgwick. Larger below;

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And finally you go outside to a field which on an normal day would be the best car show in the world but on revival day is just a car park

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Goodwood Revival 2013 – Friday

I have been to Goodwood a number of times now and love the show they put on. The weather caused problems this year but the Friday was still a good if a bit cold and windy. The final track event of the day, and the first race of the weekend, was held in a torrential summer rain storm meaning that by the time it was cancelled 20mins early it was near pitch black. I was the idiot trying to find my car afterwards wearing sunglasses!

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Having Just come in from it’s second Qualifiying run the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 waits it’s next turn on track in the hands of Stuart Graham & David Franklin.

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The PBA-DKW of Rudolf Ernst comes past the March Grandstand and out of the gathering storm. These cars are a bit swamped by a power circuit like Goodwood and tend to string out a bit.

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1943 Spitfire Mk 1XB kept the crowds entertained with some brilliant air displays when other aircraft were grounded and couldn’t get to the show. I don’t know who was flying but watching it repeatedly disappear behind the Jackie Stewart Pavilion only to reappear moments later is something I won’t forget!

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Rob Huff throws the 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S into Madgwick. From what I could hear there was no braking just a slight lift then throw it in and gaining about 6 Galaxie lengths on the big Fords by the exit.

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1953 Jaguar C Type owned by John Corrie and drven by David Brazell/Jonathan Turner exits The Chicane at the start of the Freddie March Memorial Trophy before…

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… the rain came. Mark Midgley’s 1952 Aston Martin DB3 shared with Chris Woodgate paddles past the pit lane. I should thank the gentleman who shared umbrella holding duties with me so that we could both take pictures.

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This picture was deliberately taken against the light cast by the TV screen in order to push the camera to it’s limit and try to get the look of a period shot.

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…And still more rain. Panning shot of Stephent Rettenmaier lining up to go down the straight for another lap in his 1949 Maserati 4CLT.

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Shortly before the race was stopped the Urs/Arlette Muller 1953 Aston Martin DB3 Coupe is lit up by the headlights of the following car as it gets all crossed up. Despite the appearance of heading straight for an accident this was the standard way for this car to exit the corner.

As always a great way to spend a weekend and a rare chance to photograph these cars away from air conditioned sunshine.