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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!!
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.
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
I have a little thing in my head, that I call a ‘Balcony Moment’. This is when you are sitting somewhere, on a hotel balcony with a cheeky glass of something cold. Looking at an amazing view, thinking “how on earth did I get here?!” Then you remember a moment back in time, a right place right time moment. In my case it was taking ‘a’ particular photo, that opened a doorway to an amazing journey. Those are my ‘balcony moments’…. & I was having one right now! My cheek pressed hard against the metal crash barrier Armco. Trying to get focus lock on, shooting through the gap as the Ex Niki Lauda Ferrari blasted into view. If you were standing next to me, even with ear plugs in, you would definitely have heard a slight giggle creep out…. “I’m only in the Tunnel, shooting the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix!!?”
I flew in to Nice Airport on Thursday morning. A waiting taxi whisked from there straight to the hotel (I’ll see about a helicopter next time!!) Dropped the camera gear & was off to the train station for the 10 minute ride into Monaco. After finding the Media Centre, signing on & picking up my Press Passes, it was time to walk this iconic circuit of all circuits.
The Start line seemed logical place to set off & I was soon at Saint Devote, swinging right I headed up the hill. Walking up the right side pavement, every so often stopping to look back down through the kinks of Beau Rivage. Camera location cut-outs in the crash fencing would provide some great views. Up to the crest & the fast left of Massenet leads straight in to the famous Casino Square. I imagined the cars braking before flashing right past the barrier & down towards Mirabeau
A down hill straight leads to the right hander of Upper Mirabeau. From the pavement on the outside I could see it would provide a great view. The cars would swing through Mirabeau, brake hard into the tightest hairpin in Formula One. Renamed several times over the years, The Grand Hotel Hairpin or Fairmont Hairpin after the hotel. I remember it as being Loews Hairpin when I was younger. A short squirt of power would bring the car to the lower Mirabeau. A great view from above of the cars around these corners
Another blip on the throttle & the cars would be at the tight right harder, Poitier. From here it was into that world famous Tunnel, swinging right as the daylight changed to artificial lighting. There was no way I was going to miss shooting in here!! Further round the right hander you could see the bright sunlight burning through the tunnel exit. What it must be like at 170mph in an F1 car as your eyes adjust from dark to light…amazing drivers!
It was then down the hill towards the braking point for the ‘New chicane’. The cars would turn square Left – Right – Right – Left around the chicane before heading down the straight to Tabac. The inside of the first left gives a unique view, one of the few place on a Grand Prix track where there are no barriers in front of photographers. Sat on the tarmac it gives a unique view of F1 cars & the boats in the harbour.
Left at Tabac & the cars would immediately be at the most modern part of the circuit, The Swimming Pool complex chicane. Exiting the left would then bring the cars along a long slight left to another iconic corner. Named after the bar on the inside of the hairpin right, La Rascasse. A wiggle from the rear end as the cars put the power down to pass the Pit Lane entrance on the right, & to Anthony Noghes. Then it was flat out along the Start/Finish straight again, a lap of just over 2 miles.
There was nothing else for it after 2 miles around Monaco Grand Prix Circuit in 25 degrees… Another ‘Balcony Moment’ in the making with a large cold beer at La Rascasse & pinch myself!!
Friday, Practice Day…. Saturday, Qualifying…
Thursday was a normal day (if there is such a thing) in Monaco, the roads were open to traffic. Friday morning had arrived & the roads were closed, there was a crackle of excitement in the air. Engines revved, mechanics were going through final checks, trolley loads of tyres were making their way down the Pit lane.
The Monaco Historic Grand Prix runs every 2 years & is a massive event in the Historic Racing calendar. I was so pleased to have been asked to go & cover the event for New Channel Media. Growing up watching motorsport on TV, the Monaco F1 Grand Prix was always ‘the’ race not to miss for me. This narrow street circuit has always produced incredible as the cars threaded their way around the 2 mile ribbon of tarmac. Here I now was having my ribcage rattled by the awesome noise of F1 cars from the 1950s to the 80s.
At so many race circuits I go to, even with my Media Pass I can still be a distance back from the track. Not in Monaco!! Such is the narrowness of the street circuit, as photographers we are right on top of the action.
Home to the rich & famous, play ground to the stars, all phrases often quoted about Monaco…. but Monaco wouldn’t be Monaco without the sprinkling of famous racing drivers in attendance. Eddie Irvine, Mika Hakkinen, Jacky Ickx & Derek Bell were just a few to be seen driving a range of historic race cars throughout the weekend.
Sunday… Race Day.
After 2 glorious days of Mediterranean sunshine, Sunday Race Day dawned grey & overcast. Rain was forecast & the clouds were already creeping down the mountains… it was a case of ‘When’, not ‘If’ the rain came!
This unfortunately wasn’t the only problem to effect the day’s activities. I decided to recce the route to the podium ready for the prize giving after each race. To check the route & also decide if I wanted to be shooting down from the track or from the Press Box position. Making my way behind the Pit Lane garages, I caught a toe on the metal grid walkway & tripped. I had my Nikon D810 with 24-70mm set up on my left shoulder & the Nikon D4 with 70-200mm lens on my right shoulder. Try as I might to save the cameras but sadly I smashed the D4 hard into the staging!!
2 mechanics saw me go down & helped me back up. Apart from the massive lump on my right knee the Nikon D4 had taken a huge impact & hadn’t survived. My ability to cover Race Day was now very compromised. I use 2 cameras all the time with a wide angle & long lens mounted. This way I can quickly react to the action as it happens. Now with only 1 camera working, I would have to decide what the shot was going to be at each location & fit the appropriate lens. My leg was getting stiffer by the minute & this made getting down to low angles very difficult… getting up again even harder!!
Then the rain came….& boy did it arrive!! This would make changing a lens tricky out on the side of the track. I really was down to choose the shot & stick to it, but the job was back on.
At the end of long & tiring 5 days in Monaco all I can say is what an awesome experience. To shoot beautiful Historic F1 Grand Prix cars in such an iconic location has been a dream come true. Here’s to crossing everything I get an email land in my InBox inviting me to shoot it again in 2020.
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Racing driver Liam Sullivan with his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft
While covering the recent Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch, my Blog post & Gallery can be seen here. I had pleasure of working with racing driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft.
Part of my day was spent with racing driver Liam Sullivan & his team. I was there to take some Branding & Promotional photos for his sponsors Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft. He will be competing this year in the Pre-66 Touring Cars driving a Mini Cooper S. My brief was to capture some natural shots of Liam around the garage plus some action shots out on track driving the Mini.
The Mini is shared by 2 drivers, so the test day was to be split between them. While out in the first test session the car developed a clutch problem & returned to the Pits early. Repaired, it went out a little later for the second session but unrelated engine problem terminated that day. Luckily I had managed to get a few shots on the opening laps, but with Jonathan, the other driver at the wheel.
Time to think ‘out of the box’…
Unfortunately Liam was due to drive in the 3rd & 4th test sessions, which meant action track shots weren’t going to be possible. We still needed to get some usable images for Liams’s sponsors. While Liam quickly changed into his race suit, I got the lads in the Pit Crew to turn the car round facing the Pit lane.
We had to wait until it was time for our session 3 to start, then we quickly pushed the Mini out of the garage! We would have to get Liam in the car & stage a few shots there was nothing else we could do.
We had to work quickly. We were only allowed out in the Pit Lane during our Pre-66 Touring Car session. As the session ended we pushed the car back into the garage to get the last few shots. Other than Liam driving the car on track we managed to get everything his sponsors wanted.
This year The Masters Historic Racing championships have added a new race series. We have Historic Formula One, Historic Sports Cars, Gentleman Drivers, Pre-66 Touring Cars & now Endurance Legends for the first time. There are going to be some truly awesome cars & fantastic race action this year for sure!
Liam’s day sadly didn’t quite go to plan. I guess that’s what a Test Day is for, so it doesn’t happen on Race Day. I’ll be keeping an eye out for him in the Pre-66 Touring Car Series. I shall be certain to add him to my shooting list at Silverstone Classic & get some on track images for him!!