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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 – Saturday

July 25, 2010

Given our experiences on Friday we felt much more organised heading into Saturday (we got on the right train and everything!) although we didn’t get there much earlier, I’m really not a morning person. However we still managed to fit a huge amount into out day.

My first task for the day was to track down the Panasonic Lumix stall that had done such a good job of hiding from us on Friday. It wasn’t very large, but my goodness it was humid in there! I’ll write in more detail about the new Lumix in the coming days but as an aspiring motorsport photographer the idea of getting to try out such a new camera (for free!) at such a great location seemed like genius! We were given 2 hours, so with the clock ticking we scuttled off to the other side of the grounds to try it out.

© Lou Johnson

Waiting in the paddock again, we realised unlike Friday there were a large number of current F1 drivers present. With Jenson, Nico Rosberg, Karun Chandock, Bruno Senna, Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli, and Marc Gene – not to mention Adrian Newey we were a little spoilt for choice. Nevertheless as the F1 cars returned I made a split second decision to follow Karun’s car back to the Williams awning. I found myself caught up in the crowd though and as I rather hastily ran through to try to get to Karun, I literally ran into someone else I recognised.

© Lou Johnson

Thank goodness I had the Panasonic, it being supplied to me with a 50mm lens made it the perfect second camera, allowing me to get a shot or two of Nico without having to step back or quickly change lenses in such a dusty environment. I now totally understand why F1 photographers carry at least two cameras with them while working, it’s so practical!

I did eventually make my way towards Karun, managed to let out a quick ‘you’re doing a great job!’, and got some snaps of both him and a fellow Goodwood regular (Sam Bird).

© Lou Johnson

The afternoon was spent around the Drivers Club entrance, waiting to get some great shots. It’s amazing what you can learn and see if you spend a few hours around there. The waiting can pay off.

We watched and got some great shots of a very fan friendly Mark Webber.

© Lou Johnson

He signed for the entire line of fans, I’m not sure anyone walked away disappointed. He must have spent a good half an hour chatting and interacting with the fans. He was a real gent, it didn’t seem like a chore and he seemed like a very nice guy. He did the same almost each time he entered or left the compound. Very impressive from him.

© Lou Johnson

Equally impressive was Jenson who was again very welcoming and lovely to his fans. He signed for them all too, he even didn’t mind me asking for a photo with him!

© Lou Johnson

Other notable experiences included coming across the very funny and until now unknown to me ex-f1 driver Jochen Mass,

© Lou Johnson

and the ‘anti-fan’ behaviour of Jarno Trulli.

© Lou Johnson

As a final point for the day, we headed back to the paddock for the final F1 run of the day and it was there I managed to get a some of the shots I am most proud of from the entire weekend.

© Lou Johnson

© Lou Johnson

The red bull really is stunning!

What was the highlight of my day? Meeting Holly Samos from 5 Live F1! She’s was so lovely! Ooh and seeing and meeting Jenson of course!! Goodness I love Goodwood!

yaaay for fan friendly people in F1!

More of my Goodwood photographs can be found on my flickr.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2010 22:02

    Jochen Mass was definitely a nice surprise of the weekend. Such a lovely guy!

  2. July 26, 2010 00:45

    i love that you can get a picture like the one of nico from a brand new camera, right out of the box.

    • July 26, 2010 22:17

      it’s a testament to the camera really, it’s incredibly easy to use.

  3. Steven Roy permalink
    July 26, 2010 19:07

    Great post and pics Lou. The words and pictures go well together and I think you have just about the right mix.

    The only thing I found odd was the paragraph of Chandhock that ends with a photo of Sam Bird who barely gets a mention. The words and the pics don’t really go together.

  4. July 29, 2010 19:12

    I love the pics of Nico, Mark and the Red Bulls.
    Jochen looks like fun too!

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