Goodwood Revival 2017
September in the UK can only mean one thing for classic and vintage motorsport fans, the Goodwood Revival. The last big event of the year for many, the Revival is one of those events that you look forward to signing the season off with, and it never disappoints.
This year my access was restricted to being a paying punter rather than having media access, but a stroke of good fortune meant that I could borrow the much needed GRRC member paddock pass to get into the main paddock area. Whilst not essential to enjoy the event, the paddock pass means that for those willing to get up early there are opportunities to take some shots before the crowds arrive. It can also be a place to go and shelter from the bad weather, as well as take a breather from the crowds. Year on year it does feel like the Revival gets busier and busier, although it could equally be my tolerance for crowds just gets less and less.
If you have never been to the Goodwood Revival, imagine an event where (nearly) everyone goes to great lengths to dress up in period outfits, and a circuit where no expense is spared in making it as authentically in keeping with the 50’s and 60’s as possible. From the feature garage to the Ice Cream van, everything is given a lick of vintage imagination to set the mood. I’ve mentioned it previously, but those who don’t get dressed up are in the minority, and stand out as not being in the spirit of the event. From a photography point of view, these people create a challenge in their own right in the same way as the marshals who wear orange jackets do.
This year the weather was mixed, with blazing hot sunshine and thunderstorms being the story on all three days. The rain can lead to some interesting shots, but for me its the early mornings that work best when the light is just perfect and the crowds are smaller. The end of the day would usually be on the list of times to be in the paddock as well, but this year the late afternoon was overshadowed by the weather, with dark clouds and storms making it difficult to get any worthwhile shots.
Below are a selection of images from the 2017 Goodwood Revival, hopefully proving that media access is not necessarily required to capture the mood of the event. I did miss not being in the pit lane though. Maybe next year.
Enjoy (100+ photos, may take a while to load!)