Friday, 30 August 2013

The Beach

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

We didn't really get much of a summer in Britain in 2012, so we have a lot to be thankful for now - sure, the sun popped out briefly last year during the Olympics, but 2013 has been an absolute scorcher throughout, and it's showing no signs of stopping. And so, as that magnificent celestial orb continues to relentlessly blaze down over England, here are some summery photos to carry you into the weekend.

Every year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lord March transforms his cricket pitch into something eyecatching along the lines of a specially chosen theme; in past years it's showcased iconic dragsters or Formula One cars, but this year it was all about land speed records. You'll undoubtedly recognise a few of these brutes; Donald Campbell's swoopy Bluebird-Proteus CN7, Sir Malcom's Campbell-Railton Blue Bird, the vintage Sunbeam 350HP, these all have legendary status. The vast red Sunbeam 1000HP was the first car to break the 200mph barrier back in the late twenties (and, in case you doubt it, it has that fact emblazoned upon its flanks). And of course, there's the Blue Flame - one of my all-time favourite cars, this rocket-propelled Goliath tore across the Bonneville salt flats in 1970 to attain a record speed of 622.407mph. Which is, er, pretty quick. And it looks gorgeous - perfect stance, perfect proportions.

All seems rather serene as they lounge about in the sand though, doesn't it?

Click here for more photos from the 2013 Festival of Speed.

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