Once again, the company I work for held our annual corporate event on the sunny South Coast of the UK, attending the 21st Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Just like last year and every year that I have been (I think this is the 6th year for me), the event was a total success. With a great array of activities, stands and displays, the event is one that can be enjoyed by both “Petrol Heads” and people with simply a passing interest alike.
The great thing about Goodwood is not only the cars and the bikes and the planes, but also the stalls that people set up showcasing a full array of items from luxury lifestyle “must-haves” to toys and clothing. Not to mention the woodworking focused stands.
There are also some great shows every year at the Festival of Speed. The Red Arrows are usually in attendance and this year we saw them on both the Friday and the Saturday. They are truly amazing and seeing them perform their show really hits home that they are a real British Icon! You get to hear the pilots talking to each other, with the leader (Red 1) barking commands and signals to the rest of the team. It is really surreal and one of my favourite parts of the Festival!
As well as the aerial shows, there is also the arena hosting the Goodwood Action Sports or GAS for short.
As well as having Dougie Lampkin, 12 times trials bike rider, the GAS boasts a host of stars split into two camps, the BMX guys and the FMX guys. Naturally, being a biker I love the FMX stunt bike riders, but the entire show is just breathtaking.
I did say that there was some woodwork to be found at the event. I wasn’t telling fibs, every year there seem to be more and more artisans selling their wooden based wares and the standard just keeps increasing.
The first stand I came across actually specialised in leather bags, but they had some awesome directors style chairs that looked great. I’d love to use this design to make my own take on this style of chair, as I really find them comfortable and I think the fact they fold away is very cool. Particularly the curve of the arms. This stand belonged to Caracalla, there website is Here.
Next on the list was Sticks & Stone. These guys produce some truly awesome pieces and I’d very much like the room to have one of their wine racks in our house one day.
They also had a rustic bench and a very cool stool design that I found really appealing. The aged but golden hue they achieved on the wood (Oak I think) was awesome. You can check out their website Here.
Also at the show was Kingsley Smythe, who had some really breathtaking teak furniture. Their website is Here.
After four days in the Festival, we were battered by the sun and in desperate need of (another) cold beer. But on the way out I spotted a HUGE tree. I had spotted the foliage a few times during the show, but had not really appreciated just how big the tree was until I snuck around the back of a burger van to take a peek. And BOY was it big and I guess very old. I am sorry I don’t know what species of tree it is, in my excitement at the size (and arranging a picture) I forgot to check!!
So, after the four days at Goodwood last weekend and and in total 7 days away from home, I came home, had a few days rest and am now keen to get back into the garage and get some woodworking done!
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