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Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM as GRRC fans tend to call it, is a great event in the Historic Motorsport calendar. In fact one of the first things I do is find out the dates for Goodwood Members Meeting & Revival & get them in the diary as soon as they are announced. This fantastic event shares a lot with Goodwood Revival & the Silverstone Classic.

Historic Porsche 906 racing cars at the Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Armin Zumtobel exiting the chicane in his 1966 Porsche 906 ahead of the 1964 McLaren-Chevrolet M1A – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

What sets it apart from Revival is that it is primarily for Members of Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC). Members get first chances to buy tickets before a limited number are made available to the general spectating public. This makes it more intimate & much less crowded that Revival. 76MM still manages to create a fantastic atmosphere though. Full access to the paddock is given, where you can walk amongst these quite lovely machines. Chat to their proud owners & equally proud mechanics, as they finish last preparations before they go off on track. It still amazes me the absolutely flat out wheel-to-wheel racing of rare and priceless racing cars.

Historic racing cars at the Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore in the UFO Jeans BMW 530i – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Historic racing cars at the Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

A lovely Bentley fighting for grip in the sleet – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

This year was quite unique as for the first time in the history of Goodwood Members Meeting, Festival of Speed or Revival… It snowed!!! The mini Beast from the East arrived & on top of bitterly cold wind chill it delivered a regular deposit of snow. One of the heaviest flurries coming during the Formula 5000 demonstration drive on the Saturday kept the drivers on the toes.

Snow at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Freezing snowy conditions arrived for the very first time at a Goodwood Motorsport event – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Formula 5000 in Snow at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Freezing snowy conditions make this a real white knuckle ride in a Formula 5000 – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Porsche 911 in snow at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Porsche 911 sheltering from the snow in the paddock at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Away from the race track…

Members meeting has another unique feature from other motorsport events I go to. It is held with cars/drivers split into 4 House Teams & score ‘house points’ during the races. Away from the motorsport, spectators can help their House Teams (allocated with your ticket) by taking part in all sorts of activities. Ferret racing, Duck herding, lacrosse, crochet were just a few to entertain you. As always forests of Daffodils replaced September’s Revival Hydrangeas along the track.

In the Member’s Market, slight of hand magician or a variety of bands provided live music. Being bitter cold, made it even more inviting this year to be in the barn with all kinds of delicious hot food stalls. I again confess to partaking of the delicious steak sandwiches…

After a warm up it was back to the action…

A very welcome cup of coffee restored use & feeling to my trigger finger! So it was back out on to the trackside to catch the last race of the day. The Gerry Marshall Trophy, a 45 minute two-driver race for 1970 to 1982 saloon cars. Headlights on as the light faded in to evening & to make it even more interesting the sleet returned.

Pit stop at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore blasts out of the Pit Lane after the driver change over. Goodwood Members meeting 2018 – 76MM

Ford Capri racing cars at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Side by side capris at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

 I know I say this every time but I can honestly say I can’t wait to go back. Goodwood Motor Circuit creates a totally unique atmosphere around motorsport I’ve never experienced anywhere else.

I hope you enjoy looking through this collection of some of my favourite photos from this very special event.

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to enjoy a large collection of photos from the event in Galleries

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2017 Goodwood Revival weekend

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.

Friday…

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!

Puddle splash Historic Motor racing at Goodwood Revival 2017 motorsport photography by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Trackside puddles at Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

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.

Guy Martin riding the 1962 Matchless G50 motorbike during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Guy Martin qualifying for Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

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…

Jaguar E-Type in the Kinrara Trophy during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Kinrara Trophy during Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Saturday…

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!!

Goodwood Revival 2017 motorsport photography by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

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!!

Young driver in Austin J40 model car in the Setterington Cup during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Setterington Cup during Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

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.

Racing Driver Nick Padmore during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore gives a thumbs up before heading out to track during Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

GT40 driven by Nick Padmore during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore in GT40 exits chicane during Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

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.

Helicopter & Historic aircraft 2017 Goodwood Revival, commercial motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Helicopter takes off during Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Sunday…

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

Dawn in the village of Midhurst on way to 2017 Goodwood Revival, landscape by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

I couldn’t resist stopping for dawn in the village of Midhurst on drive Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Misty Sussex Downs during 2017 Goodwood Revival, Landscapes by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Sussex Downs. Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

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 :))

Spectators during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Spectators enjoy the period fancy dress at Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Spectators during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Great costumes as ever at Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

More fantastic racing filled our day, on 2 wheels & 4.

Historic Motorcycle racing during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Riders change over in Pit Lane Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Joaquin Folch-Rusinol Corachan during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Pit Board during Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Just as I thought I might just get away without getting wet….the skies really opened.

Heavy rain during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

…& then the skies opened at Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

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!!

Jaguar E-Type during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

Jaguar E-Type driven by Nick Padmore during Goodwood Revival 2017 at Goodwood Motor Circuit

It may have rained a little during 2017 Goodwood Revival, photo by motorsport photographer Ian Skelton Photography

The heavy down pour kept the tractors busy at Glorious Mudwood

 

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

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Goodwood Members Meeting 2017 – 75MM

Goodwood Members Meeting 2017 – 75MM

The Goodwood Members Meeting 2017 – 75MM is another fantastic event in the Historic Motorsport calendar. This fantastic 3 day event shares a lot with Goodwood Revival & the Silverstone Classic. Absolutely flat out wheel-to-wheel racing on the track with hundreds of rare and priceless cars, from historic yesteryear of motorsport.

Goodwood Members Meeting 2017, motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photograph

Nick Perkins in the Maserati 6CM passing John Guyatt in his Talbot-Lago T150C

What sets it apart from Revival is that it is for Members of Goodwood Road Racing Club. A limited number of tickets sales are made available to the spectating public. Making it much less crowded that Revival. It still manages to create a fantastic atmosphere though. Full access to the paddock is given, where you can walk amongst these quite lovely machines. Chat to their proud owners & equally proud mechanics, as they finish last preparations before they go off on track.

BMW 635 CSi at Goodwood Members Meeting 2017, motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photograph

…just in case you forget where any of the bits go!!

My favourites were these incurable cars in the S.F. Edge Trophy from around 100 years ago, the oldest being from 1903!! I found myself drawn to the styling of the bodywork & the exposed mechanics of the engines. I was amazed by the engineering of these Edwardian racing cars, married with very basic wicker patio seats & no belts at 100mph… No Thank you!!!

Fiat S76 & Austin Hall-Scott at Goodwood Members Meeting 2017, motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photograph

The mighty 28ltr Fiat S76 just edges ahead of the Austin Hall-Scott, both built in 1911

Goodwood Members Meeting 2017, motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photograph

Darling…have you seen the wicker patio chairs?!!

1907 More Le Sanglier at Members Meeting 2017, motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photograph

The impressive ‘Saracens Helmet’ looking front grille of the 1907 More Le Sanglier

Away from the race track…

Take a short break from the motorsport & there is still plenty to see. September’s Revival Hydrangeas had been replaced by walls of majestic golden Daffodils. In the Member’s Market, live music provided the backing track to the smokey air in the barn from all kinds of delicious hot food stalls. I for one can vouch for the steak sandwiches…. & I might have tried a bit from the Hog Roast later too!! Dotted around the beer stands were fire pits burning away creating some much welcome warmth from the wind.

Members Market at Goodwood Members Meeting 2017, motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photograph

Fantastic live music & cooked food in the Members Market

This is my 2nd visit to Goodwood & I can honestly say I can’t wait to go back. It creates a totally unique atmosphere around motorsport I’ve never experienced anywhere else.

I hope you enjoy looking through this collection of some of my favourite photos from this very special event.

Please enjoy a large collection of photos from the event in Galleries

 

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My Goodwood Revival blog goes international

My Goodwood Revival blog goes international!! Back in September I shot the 2016 Goodwood Revival for Portuguese motorsport website www.iberianmph.com. I was pleased that my photos were just what they were looking for & were very happy with them.

It seems that my Historic Motorsport Photography wasn’t the only thing they liked. When their editorial team read my blog post about the Goodwood Revival meeting they really enjoyed it. I was thrilled & surprised when they asked could they reproduce it on their website? Does that make me a ‘Journalist’ now too?!!  Errrr… don’t think so, but it’s nice to hear that not only do people like to see my photos but they enjoy my write ups too.

It’s quite cool seeing my write up there on www.iberianmph.com translated into Portuguese. I haven’t mastered English yet so I’m glad I didn’t have to write the article myself. It appears they have guest contributors regularly on the website. So maybe once my 2017 season gets underway I could be sending them a few more items to translate & publish.

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2016 Goodwood Revival weekend

Why is Goodwood Revival Weekend so special?

The 2016 Goodwood Revival weekend is a one off when it comes to motorsport. 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. In addition there are also vintage aircraft on display both on the ground & exciting flying displays.

What really sets it apart though, is the period dress worn by the vast majority of the spectating crowds. Ladies in their furs and frocks, gentlemen in their tweeds and trilbies all help to create the uniquely stylish atmosphere that sets the Revival apart from all other motor racing events. It is quite simply a photographer’s dream both on & off the track….

Saturday…

I was awake & on the road before dawn making my way to Goodwood Circuit, the sky looked like a great sunrise was on offer. Sadly as I drove on hoping to find a pretty scene to use, the promised rain clouds rolled in & blocked any hope of a photo…..Ah well can’t capture every photo I see! Car parked, I grabbed my gear & headed off to media accreditation. Even though I was deputising for Diego as he couldn’t make it, Gema & her team had everything ready for me. A ‘modern’ PRESS wristband was clipped on & my period brown card ‘tie-on luggage tag’ PRESS PASS tied to my upper arm, I was ready for action!

My Kit…

On jobs like this where I need to move around a lot, I use a belt kit systems round my waist. This has pouches for extra lenses, spare batteries & memory cards etc. On each shoulder will be a Nikon Pro body camera, one with wide lens, the other with a zoom. I also sling a big long reaching lens over my left shoulder…all in all, over 15kg (35lbs in old money) of kit. My weather app forecast was 95% certain of rain, so I had wedged an umbrella through my kit belt. Now I had been given my media pack of programme, race timetable & other goodies to add to my load. I headed out onto trackside looking like something out of Rambo!! I took 1 photo & promptly nearly dropped a camera off a shoulder. Nothing else for it, I had to go back to the car to unload some of this kit before it became a very expensive trip.

I was back trackside for barely a few minutes before those rain clouds started to deliver their load. A bit of rain didn’t stop the action on the track though. It didn’t stop us photographers much either…. even if my umbrella was one of the things returned to the car!!

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

Wonder what the collective noun is for a group of soaked motorsport photographers??

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

It rained & it rained. By the time The St Mary’s Trophy race for celebrity drivers in identical Austin A30 & A35 saloons arrived. The umbrellas were out in force in the paddock.

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography, David Coulthard

But still it rained….& harder too. The cameras were taking a beating even with their excellent Nikon weather sealing they were 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.

Sunday…

My dawn broke over a Spitfire…doesn’t that happen to everybody?

Goodwood Revival isn’t just about cars & costumes, it’s also about the aviation of the period too. Goodwood was also a squadron base in the Battle of Britain. Then called RAF Westhampnett it was home to Spitfires, Hurricanes & Mustangs. So it was great to see the collection of old aircraft on the ground & the spectacular flying displays.

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

…Fangio..

As promised the rain had gone, replaced by hot sun & fabulous blue sky. With is came a whole new array of costumes around the circuit. Everybody was now in full swing & really enjoying their Goodwood Revival weekend to the full. It was wayyyyyyy too hot for me to be wearing my tweed jacket, I was melting…. but wearing it seemed a good way of drying it out!!

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

The cars were now handling much better on the dry tarmac & were being pushed to the limits. I find it absolutely amazing that the drivers of these old & often incredibly valuable cars, hold nothing back on the track.

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

…least I think it is !!!

Goodwood Revival weekend isn’t just about the on track activities & the period costumes. Or the fantastic aviation on display (this is beginning to sound a bit like “What have the Romans ever done for us?”)….its also about the kiddies! The Settrington Cup is a race for children in their vintage Austin J40 Pedal Cars. Trust me the competition is just as fierce & determined as the full sized race cars have been.

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

First to the cars

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

If all this track action going on wasn’t enough, Goodwood Revival is visited by some true Legends of the sport.

Goodwood Revival 2016, Ian Skelton Motorsport Photography

My Goodwood Revival weekend ended tired & achey, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it… Well almost every minute, I could have done without some of Saturday. My elbow pads were still damp!! It was my first time to Goodwood Revival & I will state now it is certainly not be my last! Even Mrs S has said she wants to go as it looks so much fun!

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