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The big picture portfolio this is a selection of work from my extensive archive of work, which I will add to as time goes by.
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 portfolio The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014
Addicted to winning
The unbeatable champions of motor sport

As the tag lines suggest, the 21st Goodwood Festival of Speed was a celebration of winning and winners. The grounds of Goodwood house were crammed with champions from every class and type of motorsport throughout the weekend. As is the norm Formula One featured heavily with Festival stalwarts Williams, Ferrari, McLaren, along with relative new comers Red Bull Racing, Lotus, Caterham and of course Mercedes AMG Petronas, all bringing cars both for static display and for a run up the hill. Current F1 drivers included Jenson Button, on his fifteenth consecutive FoS appearance, Felipe Massa, Kimi Riakonnen making his FoS debut and Lewis Hamilton. Also Sebastian Buemi on driving duty for RBR, Karun Chandahok for Williams, Stoffel Vandorne and Oliver Turvey McLaren young drivers and Pedro De La Rosa for Ferrari. F1 champions, John Surtees, Emerson Fittipaldi, Damon Hill and Knights of the realm Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss were both in fine form.
Moving away from F1, it was my great pleasure to meet IndyCar legend, four time IndyCar champion, three times Indy 500 winner and all round top bloke Dario Franchitti, happily fully fit after his awful crash at the 2013 Grand Prix of Houston, we had a chat about his brilliant book ‘The Romance of Racing’. It was also honour to meet and have a few words with a man who has influenced millions of gamers all over the world, Kazunori Yamauchi, the man behind Gran Turismo series of games. Many of you reading this probably brought their first play Station console to play this game, I did! Another absolute highlight was meeting the incredibly beautiful Jessica Michibata, Jenson Button’s other half, lovely lovely lady.
Gerry Judah, once again pushed the envelope with his spectacular carriage circle sculpture, a homage to Mercedes Benz 120 years racing heritage, which looped over Goodwood house and featured a W25 of 1934 vintage and the 2011 Mercedes F1 W02. Lord March commented that the house had to be vacated while the stunning centre piece was erected, no surprise as the arch spanning the house was made of plate steel, with a 60 meter span and weighs inat a little over 150 tonnes with a height at its apex of 25 meters!
Well over 200 cars and motorcycles divided into over 30 classes took to the hill over the weekend. There were special classes for Maserati celebrating a century of competition. John Surtees had his own class in honour the fiftieth anniversary of his 1964 Formula One drivers Championship win with Ferrari. Big John driving the very car he won it in, the Ferrari 158. The Suzuki RG500 also was honoured with its own class, its forty years since the RG500 first graced a race track, Goodwood gathered 16 of iconic racing bikes together for a crescendo of noise.
One of the main events of the Festival is the timed shoot out, rumours were flying that a certain Sebastian Loeb was looking to have a shot at bettering the outright hill record which has stood since 1999, set by Nick Hiedfeld in a McLaren MP4/13 with an astonishing 41.6 seconds (watch the video on youtube), Nick must have had eyes like saucers after that run! Some say that Alan McNish went quicker a couple of years later in an F1 Toyota but as after Nicks blast up the hill the F1 teams formed a ‘gentlemens agreement’ to show boat and not go for a time, so McNish’s time was never recognised and Nick has held the Official record to date. Loeb had his first run up the hill after Anthony Reid clipped the flint wall in qualification, the impact caused the Marsh plant Aston martin to deposit a copious amount of oil on the track, Loeb avoided it and still set a sub 46 second time on his first run on the famous hill the next car the Toyota GKN electric Radical, a seriously quick car was not so lucky and as a result the stewards decided to suspend track activity early on Saturday afternoon. Come Sunday the spectators waited with baited breath however it was not to be, Loeb had a plane to catch so his original plan of going last after arming his tyres had to be put on hold and he elected to go third still he set a time of 44.6 seconds a time good enough to ensure he won the shoot out although Kenny Brack in a McLaren F1 long tail and Michael Bartels in the gorgeous Maserati MC12 with its 100 years of Maserati special livery had a darned good try at beating him. So Loeb was crowned king of the hill 2014 with Bartels second and Brack third. What’s the betting that Sebastian will be back next year with the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car to have another go.
With so many stars and cars attending the 21st Festival of Speed, I could write thousands of words to describe another huge success for Lord March and his dedicated team, however for this article, I’ll let my photographs do the talking.
Graham Dalley 2014
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Silverstone Classic Media day 2017 portfolio Shots from the Silverstone Classic Media day held on the 23rd of March 2017.
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 portfolio A few photos from the 2016 motor sport extravaganza in the heart of Sussex.
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 portfolio Photos from an epic weekend in sunny Sussex