Speed machines, old and new

by Helen Hooker June. 30, 2011 4618 views

I had an opportunity to spend the day taking photos of lots of fast, exotic cars today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Today was officially classified as the Moving Motor Show - a sort of replacement for the now defunct British Motor Show. It's designed so that the public can get their hands on the latest road cars and test drive them along the hill climb circuit. Many of the Festival of Speed exhibits are already open though so I bypassed the modern cars and headed for the older vehicles to get some photos while the crowds around them were still pretty much non-exisitent.The big central display this year was an enormous Jaguar E-Type to celebrate the marque's fiftieth birthday. The sculpture really is overwhelmingly big - some 28 metres tall and weighing 175 tonnes - that's the same as 135 E-Types! I had lots of fun exploring all the possible angles, from a distance and close up, and I made good use of my polarising filter to enhance the glorious blue sky. After I'd exhausted the possibilities of the sculpture I headed for the paddocks (via a cup of coffee and a bacon butty!) in search of normal sized cars. I started off at the F1 paddock where only the McLaren team had been organised enough to get a car out on display so early. I got chatting to one of the mechanics who let me behind the barrier to get up close and personal with Lewis Hamilton's 2008 championship winning car. He seemed strangely impressed that I knew quite a lot about F1 - I don't think he was expecting me to know one end of the car from the other! Further round the paddock I found an older McLaren - Ayrton Senna's 1991 championship winning car. It was fascinating to see the contrast between the two - the older car is much sleeker, with fewer fins, a much simpler steering wheel and even a gear stick. Needless to say, it's also a lot more dangerous than its younger sibling as so many safety improvements were made to F1 cars in the aftermath of Senna's death in 1994. Having seen the recent documentary film about Senna in the cinema (if you haven't seen it do seek it out - it's a fantastic film and not just aimed at F1 fans) it was rather touching to be able to stand so close to his car. I wasn??t his biggest fan but I couldn't help but admire his raw talent and determination to win in the film.While I was eating lunch the Red Arrows flew over for their first display of the weekend and, despite the fact I'd left my 70-200mm lens at home, I managed (with the aid of a little light cropping) to catch a few decent shots between mouthfuls of food. Sadly I'm not going to be able to go back to the Festival again over the weekend but the Vulcan Bomber is due to fly over to give a display on Sunday so I may well try and find a high vantage point on the South Downs to try and photograph it as it flies in instead!

This must be the biggest Jaguar E-Type in the world!

It even made Goodwood House look tiny!

Exploring all the angles….

The polarisation in this shot was very uneven but I rather like the effect.

Getting up close and personal with Lewis Hamilton's 2008 McLaren

And the 1991 variety of McLaren, as driven by Ayrton Senna.

Only five buttons on the steering wheel of Senna's car - that's about a quarter of the buttons on a 2011 F1 car!

The latest McLaren road car. I was cursing that chequered background when I took this but I actually rather liked the reflections once I got it onto the computer!

I love the weathered leather bonnet straps on old racing cars.

The Red Arrows - the right way up….

…. and upside down!

The ferris wheel gave fantastic views over the whole festival.

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Beth 8 years, 5 months ago

fabulous set. love all the different angles and compositions you created.

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Pedro Pinho 8 years, 5 months ago

Love them all! :)

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Atk5339 8 years, 5 months ago

Nagyon szép fotók! Szép és érdekes.

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Josy 8 years, 5 months ago

Excellent and surprising set and your 4 is wonderful !!

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Giancarlo Fosci 8 years, 5 months ago

very nice set!

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Tom 8 years, 5 months ago

Cool sculpture never seen anything like that, love all the differnt angles

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Jarvo J 8 years, 5 months ago

I love those sculptures they are so original. Very creative angles for your shots too.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Lynda 8 years, 5 months ago

stunning set

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