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Wheel to wheel racing, come rain or shine

Kevin and I returned to Goodwood today for the final day of the Racing Revival [goodwood.co.uk]. We headed straight to Lavant corner where we set our folding chairs up and settled in for the morning to watch the racing. It turned out to be a fantastic spot to sit as the first race of the day, the Madgwick Cup, was full of excitement with no less than four cars spinning off right in front of us. Thankfully nothing more than pride and little bodywork was injured and it certainly kept us entertained.

Later in the morning we had the second part of the St. Mary??s Trophy (part 1 took place on Saturday) which featured saloon cars from the 1960s. The front row of the grid looked decidedly incongruous, with a BMW1800, an enormous Ford Galaxie and a tiny Mini Cooper S. As it happened that combination was perfect and the three cars spent a large part of the race battling furiously over the top three places.

By lunchtime it had started raining but not enough to deter us, and the sun remerged just in time for a celebration of the Spitfire??s 75th birthday. This included a fly-past of ten Spitfires in the air together. I did take some photos but couldn??t catch a really satisfying image that had them all together ?? the sun was always in the wrong place as they came over us. It was still a wonderful experience though and probably the only time we??ll ever see so many of these magnificent machines flying together.

The final race we saw was the RAC TT Celebration race. This race features some seriously expensive classic cars, including three Ferrari GTOs, each worth around £12.5m! The race was tremendously exciting and we were cheering for ex-Formula 1 driver and commentator Martin Brundle who eventually took second place. As the race went on it started raining again and the weather gradually deteriorated into monsoon conditions, at which point they stopped the race prematurely for safety reasons. On the plus side, I did get to try out the rain cover I bought for my camera back in June (when I was expecting heavy rain for the Whit Friday Marches [photoblog.com]). This meant I caught lots of dramatic shots when everyone else had put their cameras away. It just goes to show there??s no such thing as bad weather for photography, just the wrong clothing ?? as we discovered after we??d wrung the water out of our clothes on returning home!

There was lots of close action in the Madgwick Cup

No.16, a Lotus-BMW was going along very nicely….

….until it all went wrong!

“Oops, I don't think I'm going to save this one!”

Tractors can be handy in all sorts of places, even motor races.

The marshals come out, armed with brooms and spades, to clear up the mess.

Some things never change - men stand there scratching their chins trying to work out how to fix the situation while the woman gets on with it!!

A 1951 Maserati in the Richmond Trophy.

David and Goliath - a Ford Galaxie (with a 7 litre engine) and a tiny Mini Cooper S (with 1.3 litres) battle it out in the St. Mary's Trophy.

“I'm coming through whether you like it or not!!”

The do-or-die overtaking manouvre worked a treat - this BMW 1800 won the race!

Political activist and would-be US President Ralph Nader once described the Chevrolet Corsair as ‘unsafe at any speed’. This one certainly didn't look too safe and didn't get beyond the end of this lap!

The TT Race started in sunshine. This Shelby Cobra eventually won the race thanks to a driver who was driving like it was his last day on earth!

Ex-Formula one driver Martin Brundle driving a Ferrari GTO that belongs to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason - worth a cool £12.5m.

He was really racing as though his life depended on it!

Then the rain came in…

Time for headlights to illuminate the way.

Racing an Aston Martin in monsoon conditions - completely crazy!

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    • # Sherij

      Isn't shooting racing just a kick in the pants!! WOW wished I could have been there! Great shots all around!!

      2011.09.20 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jorge L Moro

      Gorgeous. Gorgeous. I love Vintage Racing. In shot 10 and 11 that looks like an old Ford Galaxie 500!! haven't seen one in thirty years! Love the photos. Excellent set of images.

      2011.09.19 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Josy

      You're incredibly endowed for this genre of photos Helen (and not that for this genre, moreover)
      I like the movement that you seized in 5 : it's spectacular

      2011.09.19 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ann Garratty

      Great set Helen, you have captured the excitement and the beauty of all these lovely old cars... You would need to be a very confident driver to race with a car worth £12.5 million pounds, especially in the rain...

      2011.09.19 Edited Reply Cancel

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