We always try to get to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but this year we had just one day to see everything. We started off early this morning at the central sculpture. Every year Gerry Judah comes up with another immense creation, featuring a car marque that’s celebrating an anniversary of some sort. This year it was the turn of Aston Martin, with their 100th anniversary, and a wonderfully minimalist structure. I spent quite some time working the scene, trying to find the best angles and these two pictures were my favourite. It took a few minutes to find the perfect angle to hide the sun behind the car, while framing it with the curvaceous lines.
From there we headed to the paddocks where we looked around the amazing array of cars, from vintage Edwardian models up to the winners of the Le Mans race just a few weeks ago. My favourites, as always, were the older cars, with their beautiful lines and chrome embellishments. It was especially pleasing to see the ‘Beast of Turin’ in the paddock – the fire spitting Fiat S76 which we saw racing at the Members Meeting in April. I took some close ups of the car’s details, this time without fear of being singed by those fiery exhausts!
In the Cartier Style et Luxe concourse display I was very taken with a Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic. One of only four ever made, the unique spot-welded seams emphasise the curves and I found myself shooting it from every angle.
Our last port of call for the day was the rally stage, further up the hill, in the woods. Once again, the weather has been dry so the cars were kicking up huge clouds of chalk dust as they charged through the trees. This, combine with shafts of sunlight streaming through the trees made for some wonderfully atmospheric moments.
4 July 2019