Photographers snap back in time

Images from The Goodwood Revival Festival, taken by father and son Dave and Mark Illingworth.
Images from The Goodwood Revival Festival, taken by father and son Dave and Mark Illingworth.

Morpeth Camera Club

On Tuesday, October 6, father and son Dave and Mark Illingworth were the guest speakers at Morpeth Camera Club.

They presented a projected digital image show that celebrated their visits to The Goodwood Revival Festival in West Sussex.

Held over three days every year at the historic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit and Aerodrome, the event recreates the golden era of motor sport from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The restored circuit is unchanged from its heyday and many of the 140,000 visitors wear appropriate period clothing, adding to the enjoyment and atmosphere of this amazing spectacle.

Dave and Mark showed a selection of images that they had taken over the last five years and explained what had attracted them to certain aspects with great enthusiasm.

Although the rough format is the same each year, different cars and motorbikes from different periods of motor racing history compete, with no shortage of thrills and spills around the three mile track.

Spectators can walk the complete circuit in very close proximity to the racing, allowing opportunities for great action photography.

The experience is enhanced by aircraft from the same period taking off and landing on the airfield inside the racing circuit.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, featuring Spitfires, Lancaster Bombers, Hurricane and Dakota aircraft, are regular visitors and they had all been captured on camera by the speakers.

Together with the track and airfield events, visitors can walk around and view static displays of vehicles, visit the car auctions, a steam fairground, listen to live music and buy memorabilia.

Shops, bars and cafes are recreated in the style of the period and, together with the resident Goodwood actors and entertainers, make for some interesting candid photography.

This show had captured the feel of the festival, and the relaxed style of the speakers led to humorous interaction and comment with the audience making it an enjoyable evening.