Goodwood 77 Members Meeting

This years event was scheduled a little later in the year than usual, as last year was beset with snow and sleet. While this made for great images, I’m not sure the drivers found it so enjoyable. For me, this was my first Members Meeting and it meant an early morning run down to the Chichester circuit on a bright and breezy spring day.

While the car park was a lot smaller than other Goodwood events, the quality of vehicles was still impressive. I was neatly positioned between a an immaculate Audi RS6 and filthy Caterham. Just in front of my 911 was a beautiful 356 Coupe which was showing signs of being driven hard. The level of rides in the car park didn’t disappoint and neither did what was inside the circuit.

Someone had previously described the Members Meeting as a ‘Revival Lite’ and I think that’s a pretty fair description. Focused on historic motorsport, a lot of the cars and bikes were familiar from my previous jaunts to Goodwood event. There was still a lot of tweed on display, civvy dress was the order of the day for me and many others. Unlike Revival access to the paddock and pits is pretty open. Which is great for us photographers. The smaller crowds help too, making it easier to get clear shots. However, something I need to work on is including people in my images to help tell the story.

Red and silver Porsche 904 with it's wheels off

David Clark’s 1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS sat up on jacks waiting for adjustments.

It can sometimes feel like the cars are sat in the paddock staged for a photoshoot. This is far from the truth – it’s a working area and you need to keep your wits about you. Step back to frame a shot without looking and you could end up flattened by a car or someone with a trolly full of wheels and tyres.

1960's formula 1 car seen through tree branches

1967 Brabham-Ford BT21, waiting to go out to qualify for Dereck Bell Cup.

Race marshal signaling to nascar to stop

It only takes a marshal with a clipboard to stop a 1540kg, 850BHP NASCAR.

Grey Shelby Daytona Coupe driving through Goodwood paddock

Andrew Smith’s 1956 Shelby American Cobra Daytona Coupe.

Overhead shot of racing car in pits

1968 Brabham-Ford BT21A, driven by Peter Thompson, pushed by unknown.

Close up of Mercedes headlight

Lovely mint green Mercedes SL

Porsche 904 racing car speeding past the Goodwood pits

Rainer Becker driving his 1964 Porsche 904 Carrear GTS along the pit straight.

Line of Le Mans LMP1 race cars in Goodwood paddock

Endurance pits with a healthy line-up of LMP1 cars.

Driver climbing out of Porsche 910 race car

Jürgen Rudolph exiting the 1967 Porsche 910.

Close up of engine

Quad Webbers.

Mechanic changing rear sprocket on motorbike wheel

A mechanics work is never done, rear sprocket change between races.

Le Mans race car at night

Peugeot 908 HDi FAP. This was the first time I’ve witnessed the spectacle of LMP1 cars running at night and what a treat it was. Now I’m going to have to visit Le Mans to see and hear them in their natural habitat.

Vintage racing car in paddock at night

The ‘Beast of Turin’ Fiat S76 appears quite docile at night.

Illuminated trees and helta-skelta slide at night

In the night garden. At the end of Saturday’s racing the party starts with a festival of light. The bars and food stalls were packed as the whole throng of spectators and crews descended into the entertainment areas. Hungry and with long queues I thought I’d make a move and head home.

The gentle drive back allowed me time to reflect on my first member’s meeting. Although I went on my own I’d thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’d bumped into friends, made some new ones and was excited by the levels of access to everything. Next years event will definitely be on my calendar.

Oh, I just like to mention that I’m not doing too well on my photography goal for this year ‘less, but better’ – I shot over 1100 images in one day. Editing these down has been a task and I’ve lost some motivation, which is why it’s taken so long to share, but hopefully, I’m over that and I can get back to shooting, writing and sharing more with you all.

The cutting room floor

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