Speed machines

by Helen Hooker July. 05, 2017 2345 views
The enormous central sculpture in front of Goodwood House

The enormous central sculpture in front of Goodwood House

My Dad and I had an early start today, heading up to Goodwood first thing to beat the crowds. The strategy worked well (until we hit the 45 minutes queue for security bag checks, at least!) and we had a completely clear view of the enormous central sculpture. This year it featured cars connected with Bernie Ecclestone, who was, for decades, in charge of all things to do with Formula 1 racing. Sadly the weather wasn't kind enough to present me with a beautiful blue sky to shoot against but I do still quite like the simplicity the white, cloudy sky offers.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a truly enormous event these days, so seeing everything in one day was never going to be possible. Instead we focussed our attention on the paddocks initially where we both agreed the older cars were much more photographically interesting than the modern machinery.

A Ferrari steering wheel with a helpful note reminding the mechanics what the tyre pressures should be!

A Ferrari steering wheel with a helpful note reminding the mechanics what the tyre pressures should be!

I love little chrome details like this, and the reflection was an added bonus!

I love little chrome details like this, and the reflection was an added bonus!

"You missed a bit!" We had a lovely chat with this volunteer from the Brooklands Museum as he polished this car

"You missed a bit!" We had a lovely chat with this volunteer from the Brooklands Museum as he polished this car

I'm not a big one for selfies but this shot was asking to be taken!

I'm not a big one for selfies but this shot was asking to be taken!

This is one of the few pictures I took of a modern car - there was something enticing about all those lines!

This is one of the few pictures I took of a modern car - there was something enticing about all those lines!

Every year I find myself drawn to this gorgeous BMW 328.  One day I'll be there early enough in the day to take a decent photo of the entire car!

Every year I find myself drawn to this gorgeous BMW 328. One day I'll be there early enough in the day to take a decent photo of the entire car!

Those curves are just irresistible!

Those curves are just irresistible!

Minimalist door handles

Minimalist door handles

One of the photographic highlights of the show is always the Cartier Style et Luxe concourse display. Here we found a vast array of historic cars in exquisite condition. I would have liked to take more photos of complete cars but by the time we got there the crowds had built up. I took a few record shots, here and there, but found the endless succession of people getting in the way deeply frustrating. Instead I focussed on interesting details and made a mental note to get there even earlier next year!

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

I love the way all the lines interact on this Maserati grill

I love the way all the lines interact on this Maserati grill

29 June 2017

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Giancarlo Fosci 3 years, 9 months ago

Great set of italians mythical cars!!!

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Timothy Bullock 3 years, 9 months ago

I absolutely love cars!! good pictures!

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 9 months ago

Triple WOW. Those details are magnificent. I so love this post Helen

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Peter Greaves 3 years, 9 months ago

I love the close up detail in these pictures. Great stuff !

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan 3 years, 9 months ago

I can't resist to watch these photos all over again 😂 Great!

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera 3 years, 9 months ago

What a show that must have been! Great selection of views and the selfie was a winner!

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 9 months ago

Brilliant series. Love the razor-sharp details!

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kenny H 3 years, 9 months ago

Helen!
Beautiful set of shots. The second sculpture peice is my fave of that group. It's cool to see the mechanics and hardware of it all. This set is showroom fresh!

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 3 years, 9 months ago

Great shots and narration. Thanks for sharing smiley

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