Thrills and spills

by Helen Hooker September. 14, 2013 6230 views

For the second day of the Goodwood Racing Revival Kevin and I headed straight for Lavant Corner and bagged ourselves a prime spot beside the fence to watch some wheel to wheel racing - we certainly weren't disappointed. The first couple of races were for cars from the 1930s, 40s and 50s and were relatively uneventful, although there was some close competition. However, when we got to the first race of the afternoon, the St. Mary's Trophy, things livened up enormously. The field was made up of saloon cars from the early 1960s and included models as tiny as the iconic Mini and as large as the Ford Galaxie 500. This led to some great battles as the likes of the nimble Minis and Alfa Romeos used their nifty handling to keep up with the more unwieldy but much more powerful Fords and Jaguars. We had a close encounter with an errant wheel from a Mini which bounced off the fence some six feet from us, thankfully harming no one but giving us all a bit of a shock. However, the real drama came when a couple of backmarkers got caught up in the battle between the front runners and one of them became airborne. As luck would have it I had my camera up to shoot in any case as I was rooting for the little Alfa Romeo GTA in its fight with the much larger Ford Galaxie so I simply kept my finger welded to the shutter button until all the carnage had finished. Thankfully no one was injured but the incident left quite a few bent cars and dented egos behind!

A 1934 Alfa Romeo and an ERA from 1935 racing wheel to wheel in the Goodwood Trophy

This was taken during practice for the RAC TT Celebration, a race for GT cars. The Ferrari GTO in the foreground was being driven by former F1 racer, Jean Alesi

Later in the afternoon we had the Whitsun Trophy. The field was made up entirely of Ford GT40s and as well as being astonishingly fast they made a simply awesome noise!

Our favourite race of the weekend, the St. Mary's Trophy.

The racing was very close and the car on the left, a Renault 8 Gordini, would later get even closer to its competitors!

This little Alfa Romeo GTA took an early lead but, at this point, was being chased down by two much larger and more powerful Ford Galaxies.

Eventually the red Ford got past the Alfa but it was still very close. Note our friend the blue Renault in the back of the shot….

Just seconds later it all went horribly wrong and the Renault took to the air! You can just see the shocked expressions of the crowd in the background.

The carnage continues, while another Alfa, in the background takes avoiding action….

….and ends up running through the gravel trap, along with a damaged Ford Cortina. Fortunately he made it through and continued his race but the Ford wasn't so lucky. The driver of the Alfa was none other than Christian Horner, the team principle of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team - this is how people like him spend their days off!

Meanwhile, the original Alfa was still trying desperately to get back past his nemesis, the Ford Galaxie! Ultimately he had to make do with second place.

Derek Bell was driving the Ford Cortina until he was unceremoniously pushed into the gravel trap. Thankfully he walked away uninjured.

After the race the salvage operations begin… One team of marshals tackled the Cortina…

… while another group loaded up the over ambitious Renault!

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Pete 6 years, 2 months ago

awesome action and panning

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Larry Sample 6 years, 2 months ago

What a great set! Best racing photos I have ever scene! Congrats!

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 6 years, 2 months ago

WOW thank you for giving us the action of the day, wonderful captures of the action.

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 6 years, 2 months ago

All those lovely old cars... I would be too scared to race it if it were mine, just in case the same sort of thing happened to me as happened to the Renault...

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Antonio Gil 6 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Love to see all these great cars still running and all those gentleman drivers.

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 2 months ago

This set is spectacular!!

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 6 years, 2 months ago

like photojournalism, I too appreciate the excitement of no10. :-))

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 2 months ago

Great shots! Love the action of # 10 you froze with your lens, great timing!

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 2 months ago

I feel as if I'm there!
What an exciting time you gave us all.

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 6 years, 2 months ago

#10 is spectacular.... what an action packed set, Helen.

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