Classics on Track for Children, charity track day

Cars lined up on the Goodwood starting grid
When a friend mentions they've had a new set of tyres fitted for an upcoming track day, it's only natural to ask where, when and can I come take some photographs, isn't it? When that friend is Charles Evans and the location is Goodwood Motor Circuit, you know it's going to be a fun day.

Along with many others, I’ve missed my regular fix of Goodwood events throughout these Covid times, so this opportunity was too good to miss. The day was arranged by Classics on Track for Children with the aim of raising funds for Her Grace, The Duchess of Richmond and Gordon’s beneficiary children’s charities in West Sussex.

Restricted to just 30 cars it was great to see a mix of rides from classic and modern road cars to more track-focused vessels. The track action was fun-focused rather than competitive, but this never stops drivers from pushing themselves. It was great to see and hear the sound of cars thrashing around a track after such a long time. Just being at Goodwood makes me happy. Add to this fabulous weather, great cars and interesting people, it made for a great day out.

Yellow Porsche 911

Paddock life, 72 Porsche 911 Carrera RS with fresh rubber. Although the rubber wasn’t so thick by the end of the day.

Mark one Ford Cortina on the Goodwood Motor Circuit start line

Dave’s beautiful Mk1 Cortina is a true sleeper. Perfectly straight bodywork, banded steels and subtle lowering hide so much more.

Shiny Souther GT40 rave car

Reflecting on the day this lovely Southern GT was my favourite of all the cars out on track. 

Ford GT40 racing at Goodwood

I spent some time trying to get to grips with my newish camera, a Fuji X-Pro3 with a 23mm lens. My plan was to shoot in black and white only with this camera, documentary-style. I’ll let you be the judge of whether I managed that, but it was fun having a second camera on hand. The image above is probably my favourite from the Fuji camera, even though the car is not totally sharp. There’s quite a learning curve to using a new system and I’m not anywhere near competent with it yet, but I’ll keep at it.

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