PHOTO ES­SAY

Yesteryear re­born in Eng­land

Cycle World - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy by AMY SHORE

The feel­ing that you’ve walked back in time hits you the mo­ment you pass through the gates. High heels walk­ing past vin­tage cars, rid­ers stretch­ing out in their leathers be­fore races, and tweed as far as the eye can see. The peo­ple and the ma­chines of­ten wear a sim­i­lar sheen of time and oil.

Old street­bikes clat­ter in and around the pad­dock too, valves shak­ing al­most as loose as the wal­let chains. Ev­ery way you turn takes you fur­ther into a dif­fer­ent era.

It’s a mag­i­cal event to visit, but es­pe­cially if you are a mo­tor­cy­clist, when un­der­stand­ing the beauty of the ma­chines and feel­ing the com­pan­ion­ship of the other rid­ers will be sec­ond na­ture. The noises and smells il­lus­trate the roots of our pas­time. Even sur­rounded by strangers—from the mods to the rock­ers, ’60s girls to Army boys—you will feel in some way that you have ar­rived at a home you never knew you had. And if you bring your cam­era, you will find there is more to ab­sorb than one lens can cap­ture.

Any­one who at­tends Good­wood will likely al­ways have a spe­cial place in their heart for this event— go­ing back in time can be jar­ring, but by the end of the week­end you’ll be won­der­ing why we can’t just stay like this for­ever.

RIGHT: A Le Mans start means the race starts be­fore the en­gines do—rid­ers run across the track, then climb aboard to thun­der back in time.

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