It is fair to say that this summer has been fantastic. The weather hasn’t been this good for this long since I was young. Then, I would have been playing football in the dust, grazing my knees from tackles on the baked earth as the grass had turned the colour of straw. Windows wide open all night inviting any form of cool breeze to enter, eating freshly picked strawberries, drinking cold cans of pop and turning my tongue blue with a Mr. Frosty popsicle.
The summer of 2018 has seen me doing very similar things, especially the strawberries and even a Mr. Frosty popsicle. The grazed knees this year came courtesy of the Goodwood Festival of Speed rather than football. While Goodwood can be glorious whatever the English weather decides to foist upon it, there can be very few places on earth so magnificent when puffy white clouds and sunshine come their way. With a Football World Cup seemingly going well for England, many people had surmised numbers may be down on Sunday but, as we didn’t make the final, what came to pass was a fantastic celebration of all things transportation.
Paddocks heaved with precious metal of old through to autonomous vehicles of the future. Porsche celebrating their 70th anniversary took centre stage with their cars adorning the Gerry Judah centrepiece in front of the house. Heroic hillclimb times were hit by inspirational teenage driver, Billy Monger and the VW Pikes Peak electric powered IDR, while more sedate times were posted by legends such as Sir Jackie Stewart. Stunt driver, Terry Grant, did a record time on two wheels of a Range Rover but the biggest balls in a hot seat for me at the weekend were on display in the fireproof trousers of Jet Pack Man, David Mayman. (Go onto YouTube and search for him!)
All in all it was a wonderful weekend. This years brief meant I still didn’t get to see everything and I’m not entirely sure you can unless there for a week. I hope you enjoy a selection of the images from another wonderful weekend.
If there’s something I’ve done that you like and want to know more, drop me a line.
Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death – Hunter S. Thompson