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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 – Saturday

July 12, 2011

We arrived at the festival at the very early time of around 9:30am, having woken at 5:30 to Kai’s calls of ‘it’s F1 Christmas!’ and Janna’s wonderful cup of tea. Never have I been so excited to be up so early!

We started the day looking at some of the manufacturer exhibition stalls, and then popped over the bridge again this time to the super car paddock, waving to Jake Humphrey (what the hell!), and snapping a pic of Tom Chilton on out way round.

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Before returning back to the paddock where after meeting Karun Chandock, and Kai some more famous Indy car driver, we met up with Pat for a second day and Lukeh.

We waited for a while, and well here comes my one and only disappointment of the Festival this year, we didn’t see Jenson. We saw his Mum, physiotherapist and girlfriend but not a glimpse of the man himself, unless you count his run up the hill. From what I can gather his movements were limited in the festival and I think he was partially kept away from the fans. This isn’t uncommon at the festival, it usually happens to Hamilton for example. It’s the first year it’s happened to this extreme with Jenson. I understand why, and it didn’t spoil my weekend at all, as I have so many photos of him already. Maybe we were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but this year was a Jenson free year. I don’t think it was helped by the fact that this year he wasn’t driving an F1 car, so it was difficult to judge where he would be over the weekend. Ah well next time! Still plenty of awesome things to tell you about!

We saw Dario Franchitti, who made friends with Kai , and then were off to watch the F1 cars return to the paddock once again. There were a few more people there compared to Friday.

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Once that excitement was over, Pat recommended we head over to the Super Car paddock to watch those cars return. Wow, what a good idea that was! I got the chance to be front row watching them all return, the exhaust fumes warming my ankles and the smell of burning rubber perfuming the air. What a delight to see some beautiful cars pass us. One of my favourites has to be the new Mclaren MP4 -12C, such a pretty car. I watch amazed as some of the cars I’ve only ever seen in static passed by us, Bugattis, Ferraris, Pagani Zondas, and my absolute favourite Lamborghinis. Just wow!

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After  spot of lunch we rushed back over the bridge to some of the car and team exhibition areas, 5 live’s David Croft was conducting an interview with Clive Chapman, Nigel Mansell, Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna – no way were we going to miss that! On the way we bumped into a familiar face who was also running a bit late.

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Once the interview had finished we managed to catch our friend David Croft for a quick chat and a photo. What a lovely man!

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Time was running out for our Goodwood weekend so we headed back over the bridge back to the paddock for one final time (goodness that bridge is hard work when you’re tired!). This last time just so happened to be my favourite. Spotting Sam Bird heading down for his run on the hill I rushed over to take a photos and to my surprised noticed someone standing just behind him who I just had to have a chat to! The very talented F1 photographer Andy Hone. Andy has been so helpful giving great advice to me over the past year or so on twitter and things and I couldn’t pass up the chance to meet him. I called over and he and his friends were ever so kind and happy to give up their time for a quick chat. Meeting an actual f1 photographer was a pretty big moment for me and I couldn’t help but notice he was wearing his official F1 jacket… ahh maybe one day.

We headed back shortly after this, having been at the festival from 9:30ish we were all very tired and I had a train to catch!

I really can’t thank Janna, Kai , Pat  and Lukeh  enough for their company over this weekend. It was great to share another fabulous few days in Chichester with such lovely people. Oh and thank you to all the wonderful drivers and f1 related people who stopped for a photo/autograph/chat too, you’re wonderful as well.

You can check out the rest of my photos from Saturday here  and my write up from Friday here.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynch permalink
    July 12, 2011 18:36

    “I couldn’t help but notice he was wearing his official F1 jacket…”

    ^^ I remember seeing a dude with an F1 bib on too! dont know who it was though ??

  2. July 12, 2011 18:53

    hehe you should have taken a pic! 🙂 am very jealous of all F1 togs, Andy was so nice tho. Hopefully i’ll meet more f1 togs soon 🙂

  3. Lukeh permalink
    July 12, 2011 19:38

    Brilliant photo with Crofty 😀

  4. July 12, 2011 20:52

    Great write-ups for both days, took me back there again even though it was only 10 days ago! Really like the photos too.

    • July 12, 2011 20:53

      The one of Chilton is really good.

      • July 12, 2011 22:33

        Thanks Pat, i knew learning who he was (thank you) would help me in some way! 🙂 yaay for Chilton, i shall forever remember his name. 🙂

  5. Steven Roy permalink
    July 12, 2011 21:19

    I really wished I could have made Goodwood now.

    I don’t like the black pupils in the McLaren headlights. Makes the car look like a cartoon face.

    • July 12, 2011 22:34

      you’ll have to come with us next year Steven! 🙂 Ah i see what you mean with the pupils in the headlights but i kinda love it. Very feminine car i think. Wouldn’t say no if anyone decided to buy one for me! 🙂

  6. Lynch permalink
    July 13, 2011 14:46

    “hehe you should have taken a pic”

    ^^ nearly did, but i didnt want to (look) to be too creepy! 🙂

    • July 13, 2011 15:01

      hehehe subtlety is your friend in those kinda situations 🙂

  7. July 13, 2011 14:48

    Fun pix — looks like an incredible experience!

    Thank you for sharing, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed…



  8. July 13, 2011 14:54

    Cool car 🙂

  9. swaggordon permalink
    July 13, 2011 14:55

    nice post. The new McLaren is a work of art for sure.

  10. July 13, 2011 15:02

    Thanks for the comments everyone 🙂

  11. July 13, 2011 15:12

    Nice car:)

  12. July 13, 2011 15:13

    looks like it was a whole lot of fun.
    the car pic is wounderful btw 🙂

  13. July 13, 2011 15:20

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. I am going to share this with my youngest son. I am a huge car fanatic and so is he. He went to school to be a mechanic and now races his SRT on the weekends here and there and belongs to several car groups, he will love this.

  14. July 13, 2011 15:38

    very good shots. acctualy i know one person who used to take photos on car’s racings — i can say — it’s dangerous! but it doesn’t look like.

  15. bloomsm permalink
    July 13, 2011 16:17

    great photos!

  16. July 13, 2011 16:41

    I always try to get to Goodwood as isn’t too far from me but think you have inspired me to make an effort for next year.

  17. megscircle permalink
    July 13, 2011 17:44

    wish i’d made it to the festival., love fast cars aaaahhh

  18. July 13, 2011 19:39

    Thank you for the write-up and photographs! Living in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the United States makes it difficult to attend the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed and your writing helps me imagine how wonderful it truly is. You’ve inspired me to “cover” Saturdays’ Keeneland Concours d’ Elegance here in Lexington.

  19. July 13, 2011 20:31

    Love the feel of this blog. The photos are really nice too…great work

  20. July 14, 2011 01:01

    Great photos. You are very lucky to attend the festival. Looks like tons of fun.

  21. July 14, 2011 01:21

    Great vibe. Speed is good!

  22. July 14, 2011 07:11

    Awesome stuff! Went to the Goodwood Revival in 2001, it’s a very neat track! I love the historic races, but this one looks like quite a bit of fun too!

  23. July 14, 2011 11:22

    I’m so jealous. I wish I had been there. Thanks for sharing.

  24. July 14, 2011 11:31

    Nice write up and great pics!

  25. ryoko861 permalink
    July 14, 2011 11:50

    I would SO love to go to that! To see a Bugatti Veyron up close and personal! And a McLaren!

    Excellent pictures! Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

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