Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Francois_Dumas

Goodwood Revival 'Tale'

Recommended Posts

Francois_Dumas

They actually let me sit on a few of these... so I guess I can classify it as a ride tale ..... and anyway, I just know that many of you will like these pictures....

 

... I'll post more in the 'Other discussions' or whatever the forum is called....

 

Past weekend I visited my good friend Didier... a Frenchman living in London, and a lifelong pilot. Usually we fly to Duxford and Goodwood this September weekend.... but alas.. Duxford changed the date of its event, and the Cessna was broken down (once more)..... so we had to drive down there.

 

The event itself is getting bigger and more commercial every year..... and not much cosier for that matter, but is still worth visiting (and reporting on).

 

The official press armbands I had helped of course.. alowing us to visit the paddock and such.

 

One important thing I learned (and missed during previous visits) is that you should not 'just' get on an English motorbike. Why !? Because on many the gear shift lever is the BRAKE, whereas 'their' gear shifter is on the right. Yikes !!! confused.gif

 

Not much to tell..... I think these pictures largely speak for themselves.... (and as I explained in another thread, I don't have much time these days.. posting this stuff really feels like 'hiding from school' <grin>)....

 

36678239-L.jpg

 

 

The amazing thing about Goodwood of course is that ALL these wonderful old machines are actually used..... and raced !!!!

 

36678243-L.jpg

 

36678234-L.jpg

 

The only thing not 'historic' are the helmets.....

 

36678246-L.jpg

 

36678249-L.jpg

 

36678254-L.jpg

 

The display 'outside', most of these were also used to tour around the circuit.... ummm.. track?

 

36678261-L.jpg

 

See what I mean ?? These people were having a ball !!!

 

36678264-L.jpg

 

And no, the guy in the background is not a terrorist. That's how we used to protect ourselves before full-faced helmets existed.. grin.gif

 

36678267-L.jpg

 

My first bike really looked an aweful lot like one of these..... crazy.gifblush.gif

 

36678271-L.jpg

 

'Even' a Harley amongs all the British and German bikes....

 

36678274-L.jpg

 

Now THIS is OLD !!!

 

36678277-L.jpg

 

36678280-L.jpg

 

And you think BMW has something new with their ESA on the 1200RT..... Hah !!!

 

36678281-L.jpg

 

Always there... a group of 'old' London cops with their bikes and cars...

 

36678283-L.jpg

 

The NEXT TWO are some of my favorite shots of the 500 I took this weekend !!!

 

36678285-L.jpg

 

36678286-L.jpg

 

I'll post some more in the 'other' forum..... hope you liked them. Wish I could've gone on the RT, but the ferry is too expensive right now wink.gif

 

Cheers all !! clap.gif

Francois

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve1962

Francois,

Fantastic photos as per usual ...... it's a shame you can't hear these machines [ by reading this post ] as well as see them ...... they must have sounded glorious .

I was at the Goodwood Festival of speed a few years ago and fondly remember the noise [ and the smell ] of some of these great bikes .

That Harley looked lovely .........

 

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
soboy

Fantastic photos and write-up! Goodwood seems to be one of those must-attend events. I'd like to get there some day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Francois_Dumas

Thanks guys ! Yes, indeed the sound and the smell are sooooooo... ummm...... genuine !! Unfortunately

a) young(er) people have no idea (no association)

and

b) I cannot submit that through the forum and my photos frown.gif

 

To me and my 'old' friends going there and seeing, feeling, smelling and hearing it brings back so many memories........ but then..... 'old' is the operational word eh? wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ESokoloff

 

36678239-L.jpg

 

 

 

 

OK, someone help me out here.

Are the shocks on the bike in the front & also the one in the background (just behind #79) adjustable via relocating the top mounting bolt on its mount?

 

Thanks for the blast from your past Francois clap.gifclap.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Boffin

Yep, the Velocette Thruxton has adjustable rear shocks. By making the angle more or less acute, the leverage on the shock changes and the spring rate is effectively varied. clap.gif

 

Cya, Andy thumbsup.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Marty Hill

Hi Francois,

 

Great pics as usual. Glad you were able to attend. thumbsup.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bmweerman

Thanks for the great post Francois...great great pix!! clap.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
George Brown

Fantastic Photos -- As Usual.

 

Your posts are always a treat!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Francois_Dumas

Thanks for your kudos fellas ! thumbsup.gif (hear me ! <grin>).

 

As a desert, here are a few I also took that weekend.... of interesting people !!

http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=18944

 

Cheers,

Francois

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve1962

Francois,

The Policeman wearing glasses bears a striking resemblance to a contractor I use at work - he is also a keen biker and has rebuilt a Vincent which now runs like new - he has the original log book , and sourced parts from all over the world , including South Africa and Australia .

 

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Francois_Dumas

Ask him if that's him, Steve. Many of these people are 'collectors' posing in clothes of the era.... !! smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve1962

Francois,

I e- mailed the photo to him ............ his reply was ........

Very Funny.

 

Well Spotted.

 

It must have been my brother that my mother did'nt tell me about!

 

 

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gcp

Great photos (as always) Francois.

 

I went last year and had a good time, found the Goodwood Festival of Speed a better event though as more variety of machinery present. Managed to get a thorough soaking this year though frown.gif

 

If you ever get the chance to ride/drive Goodwood I'd recommend it grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Francois_Dumas

@Steve: LOL !!!!

 

@gcp: as an old racing driver I would LOVE to... but I am not in the same league as the folks on Goodwood.. financially I mean wink.gif

 

Perhaps in 25 years I can sit there on my '04 RT outside the gates smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve1962

.perhaps in 25 years the engine will be just about run in !!

 

 

grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

 

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Francois_Dumas
grin.gif I AM working on it...... cool.gifcool.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve1962

Francois,

It's a tough job ......... but someone has to do it !!

 

I hope things are going ok with the business plans .

 

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...