My doubts last just a few seconds as I walk ten metres and my gaze is fixed by Will Gollop’s Metro 6R4, a car I worshiped as a youngster attending rallycross at Croft, and driven by the first man who’s autograph I hunted out in the paddock. Next to it, sits a Lancia Delta S4, behind it a Renault Laguna supertourer from the late '90s and on the end of the row Olly Clark’s truly bonkers Subaru Impreza time attack car (which will go on to win the shoot out on Sunday afternoon). I lift my camera to my eye and forget I ever doubted whether I would enjoy covering what is a must see event for any motorsport enthusiast.
Fast forward four days and I’ve finished covering my third FOS for Goodwood. I’ve seen everything from drivers wrestling pre war machines while shifting gear with sticks on the outside of the car, to Dakar trucks going sideways past the flint wall and modern day F1 cars donuting for the crowd. It’s a unique event, and I’m very lucky I get the opportunity to cover it creatively alongside a group of photographers even more varied than the vehicles that make their way up the hill every year!
Words and images by Drew Gibson