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Goodwood Festival of Speed

Chris Beal
Senior Principal Software Engineer
Just a quick non work related blog. On Saturday I went to Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is a fantastic event in which you get hundreds of cars doing the hill climb at Goodwood. I took the boys and they had (to quote the youngest, who is 4) "The bestest day I've ever had".
So we got there just as some historic McLarens were going up the hill. To start with the youngest was scared of the noise till I put him on my shoulders and he could see them coming.
We then walked around the F1 paddock (which is open to everyone) We were there as this years McLaren was being unloaded from its lorry and we following them to their paddock place.
A McLaren Close UP
We then saw the F1 cars do their thing up the hill. I have an xD card full of empty track but did manage to get a couple of shots of F1 cars. Nothing can prepare you for the noise. It's like having someone suddenly scream in your ear.
A BAR on track
We then looked around the stands with my cousin and headed up to the top of the hill to the top paddock. It was a really long walk, but the boys managed it. At the top they had a forest rally stage which was really cool
A focus rallycross car ready to go
We also got to see the F1 cars come in after their second run.
We got the tractor ride back half way down then watched one of the last runs of the day from just above the flintwall. Fantastic view.
Home then, which took a while as the roads out were not really designed for ~30000 people trying to leave at the same time, but well worth going.

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