Goodwood: Video Special

I want to share a few of the videos I recorded during my day at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, before I write up my final instalment (yes late, I know). I spent a bit of time playing around with videos after trying and failing to take photos of moving cars through the small gaps in the crowd.

Here are the unedited results – they aren’t really good enough for the write-up posts because some are short and the camerawork is not steady, but equally they really are worth sharing because firstly there are some good car/driver combinations, and more importantly they get across the actual experience of being there. If you are looking with your own eyes it is the same as with the camera, you sometimes only get glimpses as the car passes faster or slower than expected or you don’t know it is there at all. That, and the sights and sounds are fantastic at Goodwood so the more chances to show that off, the better!

So I was finishing up my walk around the paddock when a truck drove by with a band on it.

I’d then moved to the small sheltered area between the collection area and the pedestrian bridge to watch the F1 cars leave the paddock. It wasn’t quite as good a vantage point as I’d hoped and then I’d got bored of the gaps between cars, but it was great fun to guess what was coming next.

A little later I was trackside between the main paddock and the next corner, on the paddock side of the track (drivers’ left). This is a McLaren Can-Am – what a noise.

I mentioned the NASCAR presence before, and like many American stars they were keen to put on a show. This is Mike Skinner peforming a mile-long burnout on the entire course! Despite the gentle rarified ‘garden party’ atmosphere of the place, sometimes you do need a bit of agricultural noise and power – and I do love the smell of tyre smoke..

Bruno Senna in his uncle’s iconic McLaren. I was looking forward to this and even for a child who grew up disliking Senna it was a very poignant moment. It was a bit of a shame to see him go so slowly but I’m guessing he was giving a photo op to everyone, which is commendable in itself.

Sir Jackie Stewart in Jim Clark’s Indy 500-winning Lotus which has only recently been fully restored. In tribute to his friend, Jackie wore a black helmet similar to that worn by Clark for that famous victory.

Karun Chandhok in the Williams FW08 driven by Keke Rosberg in 1982.

Sam Bird in the 2010 Williams. I’d moved slightly further up the hill to another little enclosed area here.

If you missed them, I posted more videos along with photos from my walk around the Cathedral paddock, the F1 paddock and also one of a 1929 Bugatti. I’ll be concluding this series on Goodwood soon with one final post, featuring a few closing photos and videos from trackside as well as a write-up of my day as a whole.

TMR Game – Week 27

Welcome to Week 27 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Here are all the results from last weekend’s racing, and a guide to what’s happening this week.


Racing this week:

Formula 1 – Hungaroring, Hungary;
NASCAR Cup – Pocono, USA;
World Rally – Rally Finland;

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.

The cutoff is Saturday 31st July at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 26, read on. Continue reading

I’m Watching… #4: F1, IndyCar, DTM, WTCC, TdF

I watch too much racing. What have I been watching over the last three weeks?

Formula 1 – British GP 2010 *live*

Modifications to Silverstone promised much but didn’t really live up to the hype, but I kind of guessed that much after seeing it in person a few months ago – it seemed there was just as much an opportunity to pass as there was at the old Abbey chicane with no net improvement, I guess Brooklands is a better place for it though with the entire Luffield stand there (and the BRDC clubhouse of course.. Cynical? Me??).

The race was fairly straightforward for the most part with Webber and Hamilton checking out on a field which had got bottled up behind Kubica and Rosberg if I recall correctly, not aided of course with some fast guys starting lower down the order so unable to give the leaders a good race. Things livened up considerably following the Safety Car for de la Rosa’s broken wing, it was good to see Vettel carve his way through the field and apparently putting to rest this myth that he can’t pass. The question is, how much was he aided by the f-duct? It also seemed like some drivers weren’t defending fully and seemed to leave the door open a bit between the new section and Brooklands, that was until he reached Sutil who made him fight for it. Adrian had a good race all round in fact, he was combative all day and it was great to see.

I wasn’t as bored as I might have been because this was the debut of the ‘race tracker’ on the BBC site, a tool provided by FOM which shows the location of the cars on-track in real time. This proved to be very useful because TV can’t show everything at once and I reckon it’ll quickly become an indispensable part of following F1 for those of us who don’t already have one of the various live timing mobile apps.

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IndyCar – Toronto *live*

I missed the Watkins Glen race as I was travelling back from the Festival of Speed (final instalment coming up soon, folks!). There was a lot of Twitter excitement in the lead up to Toronto with the current staff of Planet-IRL on the grounds as well as the incomparable Meesh, with two of those three being residents of the city and the third trying a non-oval for the first time there was a bit of a buzz even from them let alone everyone else. It is good to have the race back on the schedule because it is a real test for the drivers and it attracts an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd.

It isn’t always one of my favourites though – it is always a crashfest and this year was no exception. It was really embarrassing to have so many accidents and incidents throughout the race, often it barely got started again before the next crash happened. Yet this race was still exciting. Who was the next to go out? Who could hang on?

They were all trying to win the race on each restart despite Turn 3 being a notable overtaking opportunity which could’ve been exploited with patience, Toronto rewards drivers who keep their head and remain calm – all too many fell victim to red mist. Perhaps surprisingly two of those in the former camp were Paul Tracy and Danica Patrick, it was interesting that Tracy was the only KVRT driver not to suffer accident damage given his old reputation! Patrick put in a solidly impressive drive, perhaps not passing all that many but not getting involved in stupid accidents either, very professional and a marked return to old form. Got to feel for Justin Wilson who dominated the entire weekend before spinning late in the race of his own accord, he put in a stirling recovery drive passing many cars to finish 7th. This one was a hard-fought battle of survival and the ‘usual Penske-Ganassi 1-2’ absolutely doesn’t reflect that, this race’s story was bigger than the headline result.

DTM – EuroSpeedway 2009 (Rnd 2 of 10)

A largely boring and tedious race which suddenly picked up after 50 minutes when the strategies unwound. Paffett and Spengler stayed out while everyone else made their first stops, and remained on track even while some drivers made their second stops. It worked for them – after their first stops it was hard to see what was going on for a while, until it became apparent their lap times after their first stop were faster than Ekstrom and di Resta who had stopped twice. It was midly interesting to watch the time gaps increasing as Gary and Egon Bruno tried to build up a buffer in which to make their stops. I was surprised by the margin of their advantage when they did eventually come in and emerged a good 3 or 4 seconds up on the others, that’s a long way in DTM terms.

WTCC – Valencia 2009 (Rnds 9+10 of 24)

I said last time that I’d never seen a good race at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.. Well you can strike that, because in the very same weekend as that dire F2 race the World Touring Cars put on a great show, for the first race at least. Passing up and down the order throughout the field – okay the front three were static almost throughout with the SEATs driving away, but the race wasn’t any worse off for it as we saw battling throughout. The second race was somewhat calmer and the BMWs walked it after their customary excellent standing starts.

Tour de France – Highlights

I’ve been geeking out on ITV’s hour-long highlights shows, often leaving them a few days before gorging myself on 3 or 4 in a sitting. I now have Phil Liggett’s voice imprinted in my brain, but this is no surprise as the same happened last year. This has really distilled down into a two-man fight between Spain’s Alberto Contador (quite Alonso-like I think) and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg. The great thing about this type of racing is you have a new race every day with different participants from down the field putting in a great stage-winning performance, with the continuing storyline of the leaders battling wherever they are in the day’s results. Sometimes they come in with the pack and nothing changes, the story is about that day’s winner (unless the bunch comes across together), sometimes they are fighting each other in the top five of the day. I actually haven’t seen Wednesday’s stage yet (hope to in the morning) and as the last mountain stage it should’ve pretty much decided the overall standings, the stages to come should have smaller time gaps available and the story may switch to the green jersey for sprint points. Of course, anything can happen in the Tour.

Coming Soon

I usually tick off more in 21 days but Le Tour has taken up a bit of my time as has a desire to cut down a little to give my brain a rest. I thought I’d watched the Catalunya MotoGP but I have absolutely no recollection of it so it can’t have been that good. I’ll be watching German MotoGP within a day or so, and of course this weekend we have Laguna Seca, the German F1 GP and Edmonton IndyCar. There’s more happening too, but even I can’t watch everything..

I’ll post another update in a couple of weeks.

TMR Game – Week 26

Welcome to Week 26 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Here are all the results from last weekend’s racing, and a guide to what’s happening this week.


Racing this week:

Formula 1 – Hockenheim, Germany
IndyCar – Edmonton, Canada;
NASCAR Cup – Indianapolis, USA;
ALMS – Lime Rock Park, USA;

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.

The cutoff is Saturday 24th July at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 25, read on. Continue reading

IndyCar – A New Hope

Wednesday evening saw the announcement of the car concept for the next era of the IZOD IndyCar Series starting in 2012, as decided after much deliberation by the ‘ICONIC’ committee. This was a chassis announcement, engines were briefly discussed but they were not the focus of this decision.

The Committee

The qualifications of the committee seem to me to be unquestionable.

  • Gil de Ferran  – Indy 500 winner, IndyCar and (former ALMS) team owner, former sporting director of Honda F1;
  • Tony Cotman – among many other things the man responsible for the Panoz DP01 project at Champ Car, also the chief steward of Indy Lights I believe;
  • Brian Barnhart – President of Competition at IndyCar;
  • Tony Purnell – founder of Pi Research, formerly ran Jaguar F1 and Ford’s Premier Performance Division;
  • Neil Ressler – former Chief Technical Officer at Ford Motor Company;
  • Eddie Gossage – President of Texas Motor Speedway;
  • Rick Long – Speedway Engine Development;
  • and of course the new superstar CEO of IndyCar, Randy Bernard.

It was chaired by retired General Bill Looney, apparently he was responsible for a major engineering project in the US Air Force.

I can’t think of a better driver to consult than Gil de Ferran, he’s won races in the current cars and the CART Lolas, and has management experience in three major championships. Cotman was the last man to bring in a new car to a budget in North American Open Wheel racing and he and his group learned a lot, it is good to see that knowledge being called upon. Purnell and Ressler have a close working relationship from their time with Ford and Jaguar. Gossage is perhaps the most creative track owner/promoter in the series at the moment.
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TMR Game – Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Here are all the results from last weekend’s racing, and a guide to what’s happening this week.


Racing this week:

IndyCar – Toronto, Canada;
Le Mans Series – Portimao, Algarve, Portugal;

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.

The cutoff is Saturday 17th July at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 24, read on. Continue reading

Goodwood 2010: F1 Paddock

Following my visit to the Cathedral Paddock and a quick stop trackside I made my way to the main paddock area, it is called the Formula 1 Paddock but actually is the home to a little more than that. I’ll recap my trackside visits in my next post, for now let’s take a walk around the Formula 1 Paddock to see what delights it holds.

This is a far busier paddock than the other one as it contains F1 cars, plenty of sportscars from Le Mans and elsewhere as well as various racing bikes, and these are all very popular. It means you can’t get a good look at the cars unless you are either very patient or you can push your way through.

If you’re approaching from the House (and the other paddock) you’ll first pass the ‘assembly area’ which is where cars and drivers form up before a run, unfortunately it was empty when I first came through so I made my way to the first row of cars.

Audi R15 Plus with the ugly tusks on the front (unusually for a car coming straight from Le Mans this one had been washed, normally they leave the dirt on); Next to it is the Audi R8 LMS which raced at the Nurburgring 24 Hours (with Marco Werner’s helmet on the roof – he drove at the Festival);

Next to the Audi R8 LMS was the BMW ‘Art Car’ from this year’s Le Mans, and you can see the other sportscars lined up in that row including the CRS Racing Ferrari from the Le Mans Series, at the very end of the row was the 1991 Silk Cut Jaguar XJR14 which is just gorgeous!

One of the great things about Goodwood is how you can walk alongside and behind the cars to get a good look at them, the by-product being you get to check out the rear view of the adjacent row such as with this 1954 Mercedes W196 sitting behind the Audis. Just around the corner you find other classic Grand Prix cars including the legendary Maserati 250F, and this BRM and Ferrari 246 Dino.

This is a Vanwall and a Brabham. Behind the Vanwall you can see a classic Lotus and the ‘new Lotus’ transporter. There’s a small Indy car presence too, the third shot here shows classic cars from 3 eras, the red car is a Maserati converted from Grand Prix racing.

One of the highlights of the entire day was this 1965 Lotus-Ford in which Jim Clark won the Indy 500, I saw it here last year mid-restoration as a static display and they promised to bring it back this year and run it up the hill, which they did all weekend.

They cars are exhibited in widely-defined collections, so you have a line of sportscars, a line from Lotus, a line from Williams, a line of pre-war GP cars and so forth. I really enjoy seeing the lineage and the development of a team’s cars over time particularly when they wear the same livery.

The Lotus collection including the 72E, 79 and 95T. In the middle photo of the 79 you can see some of the other cars lined up with the Indycar at the end, the car with the gold scheme is the 56B with a turbine engine.

Just as with the lower paddock, in the top paddock you can turn a corner just as an engine near to you is fired up. Here is what I believe is the Tyrrell 006, minus engine cover.

Ahh the sweet DFV. Sorry it is such a short clip and the camera is being waved around, better than nothing right?

A couple of shots of the 1994 Lotus because I’d never seen it before, it is quite a rare car to see in public nowadays. I’ve seen the 1993 Williams here several times but I never pass up an opportunity to take a look at my favourite-looking Formula 1 car of all time.

All that remained to be seen in this paddock were the contemporary Formula 1 cars. I’m afraid I skipped the motorbikes, I do watch MotoGP but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of bike racing in general and know little of its history.

Mercedes GP brought the championship-winning Brawn GP 001 painted in this year’s colours – I understand the PR reasons for doing so but really, a championship winner needs to remain in the original colours.. McLaren brought the MP4/23 from 2008 as well as a 1986 MP4/2C. Williams took Keke Rosberg’s FW08 which Karun Chandhok drove up the hill and what was reported as the 2010 FW32 which Sam Bird drove that day, though usually F1 teams aren’t allowed to run their current cars due to testing restrictions so I’m not sure how true that is. You can see members of HM Armed Forces having a quick tour at Williams.

I actually saw Chandhok and Bird while I was snooping around the Williams garage, unfortunately I only got the back of Karun and my shot of Sam didn’t come out well at all.

He did come back but I was too shy to say anything to the man or get a photo with him, I’m not very good with famous types when I’m on my own, not a clue what to say! Not sure why that guy is smirking at me..

One last thing in the paddock..

Red Bull RB5 being warmed up with the great juxtaposition of the music before and after! For those who have never heard a Formula 1 car in person, know that the music was fairly loud and the car really genuinely is that much louder. Apologies for two videos, I stopped it when the woman walked in front.

That about wraps it up for the content in the main paddock, I’ll be back in a couple of days with a report on another aspect of Goodwood!

This post is part of a series on the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed, you can read my previous updates here:

1929 Bugatti
Cathedral Paddock

All images and the YouTube video used in this post were taken by Patrick Wotton. You may use them if you assign the appropriate credit and link to this blog.