Today we spent some time watching some of the action on the Goodwood hill climb. Selecting a spot in from of Goodwood House, we were in a good place to capture the speed of those who were going for a serious time on the hill. Equally, we were in pole position for any burnouts from those who were showboating, rather than going for top speed.
A long row of flagpoles made life difficult at times, but I managed to catch some panning shots of the faster cars as they sped past. During the morning there were several stoppages, as drivers had close encounters with the hay bales, further up the hill climb. To keep us entertained while we waited a display team came out on track and I watched in astonishment as the driver of this car got out of the window of his car, climbed across the bonnet and climbed back in again on the other side – all while the car was spinning around at a rate of knots with no one at the wheel!
The final batch of cars we saw in action here were the formula one cars and modern single seat racers. It was wonderful to see young Billy Monger driving up the hill with a definite sense of purpose. A little over a year ago he lost the lower half of both his legs in an awful racing accident. Astonishingly he’s bounced back and is now racing in the Formula 3 series in a car that’s been modified with hand controls. It certainly doesn’t seem to have slowed him down and I can’t help feeling we’ll be seeing this young man winning championships before too long.
After lunch we photographed a spot of action on two wheels over at the Goodwood Action Sports (GAS) arena. We couldn’t get a clear view of the motorbikes as they flew through the air but we had a front row seat for the BMX bikes. I was awestruck as they flew off the jumps, throwing dramatic shapes in mid-air. I couldn’t help but feel my experience of photographing motocross a couple of months ago stood me in good stead here, but there was certainly less mud involved this time!
13 July 2018