Goodwood Festival of Speed – Photo’s

As mentioned previously I’m a big fan of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Here are a selection of photo’s from this years Festival to try to give a flavour of the event

Glorious Goodwood

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I’m a huge fan of the Goodwood Festival of Speed (having attended six times at the last count), but had never been to the Revival meeting, until now.

The incentive was as a Birthday present for my Dad, who will celebrate his 80th this December and so a “special” gift was required. I thought that he would enjoy seeing the cars, drivers & circuit that he had watched as a young man.

So, last Saturday at silly O’clock in the morning my Son & I picked up my Dad and we set off to Sussex. Dealing with torrential rain,  queues on the M25 (OK, nothing special there!) and slow traffic on the country lanes approaching Goodwood, we finally arrived, to be greeted by clearing skies with Spitfires flying overhead – nice start!

After grabbing a well-deserved bacon butty & cup of tea (from Airstream style food vans with staff in flat caps!) we started to explore. On our walk down the Lavant straight we stopped in the grandstand and watched the salon car racing – wonderful stuff with tiny Mini’s being hounded by huge Ford Galaxies and Mk2 Jag’s battling with Ford Anglia’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On arriving at the main straight area we were amazed at the extent of the event, a period traveling fair, High Street, Butlins and various other side shows and stands. Plus the paddock area, where all the cars could be seen. As well as all the staff and competitors being dressed in period costume at least 50% of the visitors (including my Dad) were also dressed in varying styles from the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s  just adding to the whole atmosphere of the event, to the point where I think many people would enjoy the event, even if they are not particularly bothered by motorsport.

 

All the time there was also track action going on including bikes, Sports cars, Single Seaters, and tributes to Fangio & the Jaguar E-Type.  And just to complete that period feel, from time to time classic planes including a Spitfire would take off & soar over the circuit.

After looking at many of the attractions we got a tractor trailer ride back to the grandstands at Lavant Corner in time to watch the last couple of races before heading home.

So, did my Dad enjoy his day – absolutely. Will I be going to the Revival meeting again – quite possibly, but the Festival of Speed is next Summer….!

My First Blog!

Well the time has finally come; even though I’ve been working in IT for more years that I care to remember I have never written a blog.

I gave in to the whole “Social Networking” thing a couple of years ago and have slowly found myself using it more and more so I decided (with prompting from friends – you know who you are!) that I should take the next step into the world of blogging.

So a little background to introduce myself.

I work as an IT consultant spending much of my time with clients designing, implementing and troubleshooting business solutions, generally focused around Microsoft technologies, especially Exchange Server. As an example; this week I visited a client to run a Design Workshop to kick off a Project to migrate their current Exchange 2003 server onto a Fault Tolerant Exchange 2010 installation. I also spent a couple of days with another client at the other end of their Exchange project to decommission their remaining Exchange 2003 Servers at their UK sites, while maintaining coexistence with Exchange 2003 in other sites around the world. Interestingly (for techies out there!) both of these clients have used Database Availability Groups for Fault Tolerance, some of the first I’ve seen in the real, world as many clients now use virtualisation tools to protect Exchange.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a total Petrolhead – I love cars and motor sport of any kind. I currently drive an Alfa Romeo 159 (much to the annoyance of my wife!) as it’s an interesting car and not the predictable A4, 3 Series, Passat, etc that a family man is meant to drive. Whenever possible I will go to races and other events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed – I’ve now been 6 times and it just gets better!

I also enjoy photography and often will be the one with a camera taking photos at events, like most photographers I don’t like being on the other end of a camera so you won’t see many photo’s of me!

The other  pastime I have is kite flying, I generally have my kites (power & stunt of varying sizes) in the boot of my car and love to fly them on the beach on Holiday or maybe a field somewhere – great for just forgetting the problems of the week…

So that’s a little about me, watch this space to see if I manage to write a second blog any time soon!

Wish me luck…