Time for action!

by Helen Hooker July. 13, 2018 765 views
One of the oldest cars on the hill climb

One of the oldest cars on the hill climb

With these old cars, you really get a sense of the effort required to drive them at speed

With these old cars, you really get a sense of the effort required to drive them at speed

The 'Beast of Turin' - a 28 litre Fiat landspeed record car from 1910

The 'Beast of Turin' - a 28 litre Fiat landspeed record car from 1910

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.

Nick Mason driving his Ferrari 250 GTO

Nick Mason driving his Ferrari 250 GTO

This is the Mercedes 300SL I photographed yesterday with my Voigtlander film camera - two pieces of German technology from 1955!

This is the Mercedes 300SL I photographed yesterday with my Voigtlander film camera - two pieces of German technology from 1955!

A pause in the action

A pause in the action

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!

Don't try this at home!

Don't try this at home!

Clouds of tyre smoke

Clouds of tyre smoke

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.

Billy Monger at full speed

Billy Monger at full speed

The Ferrari F1 car needed a little help to turn out of the paddock

The Ferrari F1 car needed a little help to turn out of the paddock

A sight you won't see every day - a Red Bull F1 car with a pack of historic motorbikes in hot pursuit!

A sight you won't see every day - a Red Bull F1 car with a pack of historic motorbikes in hot pursuit!

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!

Trials biker Dougie Lampkin in action on the GAS circuit

Trials biker Dougie Lampkin in action on the GAS circuit

13 July 2018

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Jim Hooker 2 years, 6 months ago

Brillisnt set, Helen. Gorgeous details and great action.

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