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.
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!
29 June 2017