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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 - Our review of this year's visit to the hill climb event

Published by Christine

The FOS was a muted affair for us this year. Three packed days at Silverstone testing, followed by three packed days at the British GP had left us weary. Plus, I had picked up the worst germs ever from sleeping in a cardboard bread bin and could barely get out of bed, let alone walk up a hill. We had planned, and had tickets, to go for all three days, but by Friday we knew it wasn't going to happen.

We made the effort to head to the festival on Saturday, armed with lots of tissues, and the usual gadgetry goodness.

The main statue

I'm not sure I approve of this year's main feature, especially because it was almost impossible to get the whole thing into a single photo. You had to be at least six miles away before you could do that. We noted that the organisers appeared to have improved the paving, and were at least trying to guide you around the grounds in an orderly, and less muddy fashion. We didn't even attempt the hill, so I can't tell you what that was like, but it certainly seemed like the effort had been made.

This time round, having overdosed on F1 for the past few weeks, we seemed more interested in some of the other goings on.

Getting muddy

The muddy stuff, the Landrover's climbing over lorries, the helicopters, even the speedboats. They all caught our attention as we made our way round. Towards the end of the day, we met up with Lou and her friend Emily, interviewing them about their first time at the festival. You can hear the finished product here.

The next day, I sent the man by himself. Free from the wails of an "under the weather" companion, he got a lot more photography done.

McLaren through the ages

He did have to make amends, however, for a slight faux pas at the Grand Prix. We turned up to a Honda event with no battery in the camera, and therefore couldn't take any pictures of Button, despite sitting just a few feet from him. This time round, he was determined to get a picture, and boy did he do a good job.

Jenson Button

With a home win just under his belt, Lewis-mania was hitting the festival, and when the man himself got to go up the hill, he had special treatment. It's not surprising when you're about to be mobbed by some brand new Vodafone-MM fans, but it did make taking pictures quite tricky. Just like last year, when we had to stand in the middle of a throng of people, extend our arms over the hedge and try and bend the lends around the umbrella protecting him, we did everything to get a good shot of Lewis this time round.

Lewis Hamilton

They don't make it easy, but we will never give up.