Goodwood

Mary Berry's Country House Secrets by Nicole Hains

In her new BBC1 TV programme Country House Secrets, Mary Berry spends time with the Duke of Richmond and his family, delving into the history of food and entertaining at Goodwood. Getting to photograph this wonderful spread of baked goodies was a highlight of my summer and I am glad I can now finally share it with you. 

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i8 - Rig Image by Nicole Hains

Using Goodwood's Motor Circuit to Photograph this BMW i8 for the Ultimate Driving experience, we used a rig from Rig-Pro to produce this image. 

BMW i8 Rig Automotive Photography

The rig we used here is attached by suction cups, I then added my Canon 1DX with a 24mm lens and a 10 stop ND filter to cut out some of the light and allow a slower shutter speed. 

Behind the scenes...

How to set up a car rig
BMW Car Rig at Goodwood

Battle Of Britain Display by Nicole Hains

To celebrate 75 years since the allies triumphed in the battle of Britain, Hurricanes, Spitfires and the last remaining Blenheim took to the sky and moved into formation for the routes around South East England.   

Mary Ellis

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Ellis, 98 years old and still flying! Mary was a pilot in the war and learnt to fly over 76 types of aircraft including Spitfires and Hurricanes. She personally delivered over 400 spitfires alone!

These days it could be taken for granted the assistance given in flying; for Mary Ellis she would take flight without so much as a radio or map! Only being given a compass and the instruction to fly northbound as a protection measure for the rest of the fleet and aircraft base in case enemy forces captured her.

Hearing this story and many others told by the veterans was incredibly moving and I was incredibly privileged to have witnessed this spectacular event. 

Festival of Speed 2015 by Nicole Hains

I cant express how much I enjoyed the Festival of Speed this year in words so I hope the pictures explain it for me!  

Taking to the Skies in a 'no door' Piper Cub by Nicole Hains

On a beautifully sunny day this week I got the pleasure to go up and photographed Goodwood's Piper cub. With the window 'securely' taped open, I proceeded to hang out of a Cessna window clutching onto my camera for dear life. I had so much fun and the views where so spectacular I didn't want to land; It is official I love flying! 

Inside Goodwoods Christmas Party with Trevor Nelson by Nicole Hains

When you have the best creative and event planning team at your fingertips, you can only expect the best party right? Well last night the Goodwood Christmas #Blowout Party did not fail to impress, so a huge thank you to everyone who organised the night. 

 Trevor Nelson put on a fantastic set and everyone danced the night away. Yes, I have the evidence... 

Chris Harris for Goodwood by Nicole Hains

Lately I have had the opportunity to get involved in photographing some exciting projects whilst Chris Harris has been filming with Goodwood for grrc.com. 

First on the agenda was Chris testing the Rover SD1 he will be racing at 73rd Members Meeting in March. 

My Favourite photo opportunity so far was taking this stunning McLaren P1 into the Boultbee Spitfire hanger; surrounded by Tiger Moths, Chipmunks and the Harvard! 

Sneak Peak at the Mclaren P1 post here… Chris Harris's video to follow soon.

On track today by Nicole Hains

 Today's Track action included the Sauber F1 test driver, Giedo van der Garde driving the 1963 AC Cobra all in preparation for Goodwood's Revival. We also had an array of other beautiful cars here which all can be seen in the gallery above. 

We also welcomed the current BTCC champion, Andrew Jordan to the track. Pictured with his father Mike above they raced their 1958 Austin A40.

Glorious Goodwood by Nicole Hains

A place like no other, Goodwood's Racecourse is situated in the heart of the Downs, with Glorious Goodwood the highlight of the Racing calendar. Packed with excitement and elegance, the event is always set to please even the most elite crowd. 

This year we were lucky to have many familiar faces such as Zara Philips, Carol Vorderman and Natalie Pinkham. We were also lucky enough to have the beautiful Ella Catliff in attendance, shortlisted for Fashion Blogger of the year, Ella's Blog is a must read!

My personal highlight of Glorious Goodwood is the Magnolia cup, presented by Theo Fennell. This year Edie Cambell took home the prize, riding See the Storm. 

Festival of Speed Gallery by Nicole Hains

The Festival of Speed is an event like no other, with more than 200,000 people attending over the event it could be that FoS has now become the largest Green Field event in the world and certainly there is nowhere else I would have rather been. 

This year we celebrated 120 years with Mercedes-Benz, who stole the show with their breathtaking central feature that was the first in history to soar over the top of Goodwood House! 

We witnessed Seb Loeb win the shoot-out in the Pikes Peak, Lewis Hamilton Donoughting outside Goodwood House, Anthony Reid lose a wheel at Molcombe corner after a small incident with the flint wall and Chris Hoy speed into the haybales. 

Another fantastic moment was John Surtees marking his 50th anniversary of winning the 1964 F1 title. The occasion was marked with a special hill climb in which Surtees drove his Ferrari 158 alongside Kimi Raikkonen in his title winning 2007 F1 car.  

CKL Track Day by Nicole Hains

Today our friends from CKL Developments visited Goodwood's Motor circuit to push the cars hard round the track, after all, what the use of having so many outstanding historic race cars if you can't put them to the test! 

The most fantastic grid line start with the team and clients of CKL Developments.

The most fantastic grid line start with the team and clients of CKL Developments.

The cars on the grid line varied from the Ecurie Ecosse D-type to the Ferrari 250 'Europa' GT and I just couldn't give up the opportunity to go for a drive!

Thank you so much CKL Developments for another fantastic day. 

Tom Cruise Visits Goodwood by Nicole Hains

Earlier in the week I got the opportunity to photograph Tom Cruise as he visited Goodwood for a Track day with Lord March. Everyone had a fantastic day as they sped around the Goodwood Motor Circuit in new Ferrari's, McLaren's and Rolls-Royces, to name just a few. 

After speeding around the circuit, we then went to visit the Boultbee Flight Academy to get a feel for the Spitfire TR-9.