Top 10 places to shoot action at Goodwood Circuit

The hugely enjoyable Goodwood Circuit Revival and Members meetings have become some of the best classic motorsport events in the world. At the Revival meeting I met a photographer who had never been to the circuit before and was faced with the daunting prospect of not wanting to miss anything by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ideally it’s a good idea to walk the circuit to spot the best places to shoot from before the event but if you don’t have time here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

There are many great ways to cover the track at Goodwood but I’m going to pick out by top 10 places to shoot action if you are an accredited photographer. We’ll start at the very beginning, as they say it’s a very good place to start, with 5 places to shoot the start.

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GW start-1 70-200mm f5.6 1/500th second

This view of the start on the pit straight is hard to get anymore as the Motorsport Association who govern the safety at race meetings have deemed it a ‘Red’ area but you can still shoot it from over the fence .

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GW start-2-70-200mm f8 1/250th second

This view looking across to the clock tower is another option from the same place as the first.

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Goodwood-start-70-200mm f11 1/125th second

Looking the other way towards the control tower panning the camera as the flag drops.

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Goodwood-start-w 70-300mm f5.6 1/640th second

From the roof of the Race Control building, the one with the clock on it, this long lens image flattens the perspective drawing the elements together.

Goodwood start turn 1
Goodwood start turn 1 -70-300mm f5.6 1/640th second

Looking back down the start straight from the beginning of turn 1, Madgwick, is a dramatic place to shoot the first few laps .A fast shutter speed is essential with the cars coming towards you at over 100mph and jostling for position.

Top 5 tips for photographing at a car show

  1. Get to the show early or on press day when it is quiet
  2. Use a tripod , higher ASA and longer exposures for greater depth of field and fill in the foreground with flash
  3. Shoot a mixture of single cars and whole stands so your images don’t look too similar
  4. Photograph the info’ board so you can remember what the car is
  5. Ask to remove barriers, stop turntables if necessary to improve the shotToyota 94 CV on C & SC st'-wToyota 94 C-V  Le Mans car at the Autosport Show : 17-40mm f8 1 secondHSCC st with Lola and Gurney Eagle-wHSCC stand Lola and Gurney Eagle :17-40mm f8 1/2 secondJaguar C-X75-2wJaguar C -X75 : 17-40mm f5.6 1/5th second