77th Members Meeting - Racing Minis

by Helen Hooker April. 06, 2019 248 views
Minis gathering before the first practice session

Minis gathering before the first practice session

It’s the Mini’s 60th birthday this year so there was always likely to be some sort of celebration at the Goodwood Members Meeting. When a race for sixty Minis was announced it seemed all our Christmases had come at once!

It's not every day you see a Mini Countryman in full racing spec!

It's not every day you see a Mini Countryman in full racing spec!

The Mini racing weekend started with two practice/qualifying sessions, each containing thirty cars. For this we chose a spot near the first corner of the circuit, where the cars often come round at great speed, while drifting across the track!

Drifting into Madgwick. I thought the graphic lines of the bare trees would work well in monochrome

Drifting into Madgwick. I thought the graphic lines of the bare trees would work well in monochrome

Andy 'Ace' Harrison's engine went pop in a big way

Andy 'Ace' Harrison's engine went pop in a big way

Sadly not every Mini made it to the end of qualifying

Sadly not every Mini made it to the end of qualifying

Towards the end of the day we had the two heats for the Betty Richmond Trophy – so named because the Duke of Richmond’s grandmother was the proud owner of one of the earliest Minis. For these we bagged a prime spot, just inside the chicane, looking towards the finish line. Minis are well known for their amazing cornering abilities, but nevertheless many of them came around the chicane on three wheels!

Lining up for the first of the Mini races.

Lining up for the first of the Mini races.

Lifting a wheel at the chicane

Lifting a wheel at the chicane

A spot of off-roading!

A spot of off-roading!

Nick Swift waves to the crowd as he wins the second heat

Nick Swift waves to the crowd as he wins the second heat

For the final of the race on Sunday afternoon we returned to Madgwick, the first corner. I decided to go for a low angle to get a really immersive feel for the start of the race, shooting through the fence. Doing this I was almost at the same level as the cars, so it almost looks like I’m sitting on the track!

The Union Jack is waved and they're off for the final race!

The Union Jack is waved and they're off for the final race!

The racing was incredibly close, with the lead swapping between Nick Swift and Nick Padmore every single lap. It wasn’t until the last corner of the final lap that Nick Swift finally grabbed the lead one last time, as Padmore slid wide, and crossed the line to take the chequered flag.

Another wave for the crowd as Nick Swift passes the chequered flag in the lead

Another wave for the crowd as Nick Swift passes the chequered flag in the lead

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Kay Hooker 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Great photos Helen, such a pity about the hazy background with all the smock drifting over from the big fire at the tip.

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