Why is Goodwood Revival Weekend so special?
The 2017 Goodwood Revival weekend is one not to be missed on the motorsport calendar. This fantastic event shares a lot with the Silverstone Classic. Flat out wheel-to-wheel racing on the track with hundreds of rare and priceless cars, from historic yesteryear of motorsport. It is the fantastic 1940s – 60s period dress worn by the vast majority of the spectating crowds that make this event quite unique. Ladies in their furs and frocks, gentlemen in their tweeds and caps… It is quite simply a photographer’s dream both on & off the track.
This year I had managed to get there for the Friday Practice/Qualifying Day. The forecast was for sunshine & showers, not such a bad thing as it all makes for interesting photos. The rain however was a little heavier than anticipated & there were soon puddles of standing water at the edges of the track. Difficult conditions for the drivers, great images for us photographers though!
It didn’t last too long & before long the sun arrived again & the track was drying out. Guy Martin took advantage of this slightly drier track & flew round on a spacial ‘3 laps only’ qualifying session.
Being unable to attend the Friday last year, I missed Race 1 of the meeting, the iconic Kinrara Trophy. This race starts in the late afternoon & runs into the evening as the light lowers around the circuit. I was really looking forward to getting one of the most iconic shots from Goodwood Revival. A brief but heavy shower wet the track again & produced lovely ‘backlit’ spray off the wheels. A handful no doubt for the drivers but us photographers liked it a lot…
I had been very fortunate to have been offered a spare ticket. So I had driven home rather than stay locally as planned so I could pick up a very thrilled Mrs S. We were awake & on the road before dawn making our way to Goodwood Circuit, for her very first taste of motor racing. The weather was forecast much drier & sunnier than yesterday, until the promised rain clouds would rolled in again later in the afternoon. For now the umbrellas were down, sun was out & the pretty grid girls were happy again!!
One of my (& now Mrs S’s) personal favourites of Goodwood Revival Weekend is the young drivers in the Setterington Cup. These beautiful old Austin J40 model cars may be powered 2 feet power…. but the determination to win is no less evident than in the high powered cars later in the day!!
Almost to the WeatherApp minute those promised rain clouds arrived & started to deliver their load. some frantic action in the Assembly Area as some pit crews changed their cars into a Wet Set-Up. A bit of rain didn’t stop the action on the track though.
But still it rained….& harder too. Even with weather proofing the cameras were taking a beating & a lens was starting to fog up. Time to retreat to the media tent for one last coffee & dry the gear yet again before calling it a day. Stepping out of the tent to make our way back to the carpark we were greeted by this glorious sunset. Perfect to highlight that Goodwood Revival isn’t just about action on track. There are some historic aircraft & stunning flying displays going on over the weekend.
My dawn drive back to the circuit was a delight. Such incredible scenery just catches your breathe…. I had to stop & take a couple of photos
Goodwood Revival isn’t just about cars, it’s also about the dress & fashions of the period too. The outfits are amazing with so much attention to detail. It isn’t just pretty dresses & tweed though, some wear absolutely anything as long as its from the right period :))
More fantastic racing filled our day, on 2 wheels & 4.
Just as I thought I might just get away without getting wet….the skies really opened.
Even in these incredibly tricky conditions, close fought battles went on track with more wheel – to wheel racing. Not an inch was given with a few minor scratches to polish out when the cars were back in their garages next week!!
Did I mention it had rained at Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor CircuitMy Goodwood Revival weekend ended tired & achey, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The organisation to put on an event of this size with these crowds over 3 full days take some real doing. The rain made it doubly so, but the whole team at the circuit did an amazing job in quite terrible conditions sometimes! It was my 2nd time to Goodwood Revival & I will state now it has become my favourite event in my diary! Even Mrs S has said she wants to go again she enjoyed it so much!
Please enjoy a larger collection of photos from the event in Galleries, just