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.

 

This Years Goodwood Sculpture, celebrating 100 years of Mercedes racing

This Years Goodwood Sculpture, celebrating 120 years of Mercedes Benz

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.

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Fast Cars

Fast Bikes (this one was used by Carl Fogarty, one of my racing heros)

Fast Bikes (this one was used by Carl Fogarty, one of my racing heroes)

REALLY fast cars .... the F1 paddocks are just amazing

REALLY fast cars …. the F1 paddocks are just amazing

New concept vehicles. Imagine if this is the future of F1

New concept vehicles. Imagine if this is the future of F1

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!

The Red Arrows Aerial display was one of the real highlights for me

The Red Arrows Aerial display was one of the real highlights for me

As well as the aerial shows, there is also the arena hosting the Goodwood Action Sports or GAS for short.

GAS area where the real stunt boys (and girls) like to play

GAS area where the real stunt boys (and girls) like to play

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.

FMX rider

FMX rider mid trick – incredible

Four riders going at once - crazy but COOL

Four riders going at once – crazy but COOL

This year boasted the first female stunt rider at the event -Emma McFerran

This year boasted the first female stunt rider at the event -Emma McFerran

One of the BMX riders - mid somersault. Awesome!

One of the BMX riders – mid somersault. Awesome!

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.

Personalised chairs. Funky or what?!?

Personalised chairs. Funky or what?!?

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.

Wine Racks from Sticks & Stone

Wine Racks from Sticks & Stone

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.

Rustic Bench

Rustic Bench

I love this stool.

I love this stool/chair

Also at the show was Kingsley Smythe, who had some really breathtaking teak furniture. Their website is Here.

Teak Table with solid slab top and elephant detail legs

Teak Table with solid slab top and elephant detail legs

Another slab top table, but with fish design legs

Another slab top table, but with fish design legs

The Kingsley Smythe stand

The Kingsley Smythe stand

A nice garden table and chairs set.

A nice garden table and chairs set.

This table actually has rotating sections for dining as a group (I guess). I loved this piece

This table actually has rotating circular sections for dining as a group (I guess). I loved this piece

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!!

Me next to the huge tree. I was seriously impressed

Me next to the huge tree. I was seriously impressed

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!

Thanks for reading

~Alistair

 

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