The 2018 Goodwood Revival weekend is my absolute favourite event of the year. One of the first to go into my motorsport calendar as soon as the dates are released.

This fantastic event shares a lot with the Silverstone Classic. Hundreds of rare and priceless cars, from historic yesteryear of motorsport. As if that wasn’t enough, add in the fantastic 1940s – 60s period dress worn by the vast majority of the spectating crowds. There is no other atmosphere like the Goodwood Revival weekend.


This year I was away & so missed the Friday Practice/Qualifying Day. So it was straight off the plane Friday night. Grab a few hours kip before up silly o’clock & off in the car for the drive to the circuit.

Lotus T16 wheeled to the track by mechanics motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Lotus T16 wheeled down Tow Road to the assembly area …. Love a sepia filter edit to give that old feel to a modern photo

I love the small details that make Goodwood Revival so special. The cars are pushed down Tow Road to the assembly paddock. Throw a sepia edit over this shot & if you missed the GoPro fixed to the crash hoop… it really could be a photo from the 1950s.

Enough of the sepia nostalgia, lets get back to the action. Out on track as ever there was no lack of commitment through the chicane.

Pit Garage motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Tony Woods lifts a wheel exiting the chicane

Pit board signal to yellow racing car motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Pit Board is out for the Hairy Canary

Growing up as a kid, we were into rallying as a family. Motorbikes was never really my thing. Since I’ve got into Historic Motorsport I quite enjoy watching this lovely old bikes. The rider swap-over in the Pit Lane is great action to capture.

Rider change in pit lane motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Riders change over quickly in the Pit Lane

I love the access to the cars in the paddock at Goodwood Revival. These beautiful cars are all very different unlike modern race cars that seem to all  be the same bar the colour schemes.

Rider change in pit lane motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Different nose shapes to 1960s F1

The pioneering engineers years ago make me smile…. I’d love to know the thought process when somebody had the idea of taking an aircraft engine & bolting it to a bike frame!!!

aircraft engine fitted to motorbike motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Lads, I’ve had an idea….I’m going to fit that aircraft engine to my motorbike!


After last year, when I had been lucky to be given a spare ticket. This year there was no chances being taken, I had already bought Mrs S a ticket for Sunday. She is not a massive motor racing fan, though she does like to watch Nick Padmore in his races. It’s the costumes & the dancing that make Goodwood Revival a great atmosphere for her. Her total number of events stands at 3, Revival 2017, Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 & now Revival 2018. I feel I may have set this bar a tad high!!!

ladies in period costume motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Ladies in period costume enjoying the atmosphere in the Pit Lane

What makes Goodwood Revival special…only here will you find a dance floor at a race track

As always I have half an eye on Nick Padmore. He was as quick as ever a round this circuit he knows so well. This year he had a great run in the Lotus T16s starting 3rd on the grid.

Lotus T16 on start grid motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore in Lotus T16 pulling onto the Grid

Sssssmokin !!! Nick launches into his Parade Lap!

He led for a lot of the race, but 1 missed gear change dropped him to 2nd place. Here he lights up the rear tyres at the start of his parade lap…. bloomin’ hooligan!!!

One day I will go to Goodwood Revival when I’m not working & take time to enjoy it for myself. Oh… & Mrs S has said already she wants to go again she enjoyed it so much!

Please enjoy a larger collection of photos from the event