Festival Of Speed

For about a year, I had been excitedly waiting for the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I bought the tickets about 10 months before the date of the Festival.

After selling off my possessions, this was the only thing I was nervous about travelling with. Everything else, I can live without or replace.

When the day came, I was happier than a butcher’s dog.

Flying into London was a bit of an event. At the border, the guards were leaning to not letting me in. I think they didn’t realize I had a visa from the French government and were concerned I had overstayed a Schengen visa. Once the senior guard noticed this, I was stamped through.

My night in London was larger than I expected. I met a friend (and then another) and ended up on the tiles until after 1 AM. Getting up, getting my rental car, navigating London traffic on the opposite side of the road was quite an adventure. Adding on top of this, the crummy in car USB wasn’t producing enough power to charge my phone and run Google Maps at the same time.  It was a touch stressful.

I prevailed.

Goodwood and the Festival of Speed was a blast.  Camping was cool. I picked up a little tent on the way down, so I was sorted.

The event itself was amazing. The weather behaved and it was sunny most of the time.  I also got to take in some of the dream cars from my youth. Here are some of the highlights of the event.

There were Ferraris.

There were Pagani Zondas.

A sweet Koenigsegg CC8S…

My dream car, a 1993 McLaren F1 (This one is a prototype XPS I believe?)

A Jaguar XJ220

I also saw The Hoonigan Ford Escort

As well as this cute couple in the “exotics parking” area.

While walking around and snapping these pictures of the cars was a trip, the coolest part of the event was the hill climb.  So many classic cars charging the hill, along with drift cars, current winning cars and so many more.

I would do this trip again, in a heart beat.  Maybe, I’ll skip navigating London traffic with a hangover. Or, maybe, all together.

A traveller and his shoes

***Update: (17/10/2017) *** I am no longer using Dr. Scholl’s Gel Insoles. I will actively be avoiding them going forward. They have a design flaw. A rubber ring in the heel becomes pronounced when the gel starts failing. As it happens gradually, it’s not immediately noticeable. It caused me pain and aggravated my plantar fasciitis.

As a traveller, the most important piece of equipment is my shoes. I only have the one pair, so I wear them everyday. Some days, I put them on in the first thing and take them off before going to bed.

First shoes

When I started this trip, I had a pair of Keen Targhee II  shoes.

My Targhee II shoes in Montreal 2017

They were excellent for wet weather in Vancouver. They also did a really good job in the -24 degree weather in Montreal.  You can read more about that in my post about travelling in Eastern Canada.

Near the end of my first week travelling, I found I had to replace them. They were too heavy and they were giving me turf toe.

Second shoes

I purchased a pair of Adidas Supernova on sale for cheap in Paris. After wearing them for a couple weeks but found my heel was bothering me something badly. Some time later, I found it was Plantar Fasciitis. It wasn’t the shoes. Well, it was a combination of walking 3-4 hours a day, intermixed walking with an extra 15 Kilograms in my backpack, and not quite enough heel support.

I bought up some Dr. Scholl’s Gel Insoles and that made all the difference. I now will buy inexpensive shoes and expensive insoles.

These shoes were great. They had been to Greece, Rome, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Andorra, Germany, and Romania. According to Google Timeline, I put approximately 2000 Kilometres on them in 4.5 months.  This surprised me. Breaking it down, that’s about 14 Kilometres per day. Not bad!

Sadly, it was time to replace them. I found the sole had stiffened up quite a bit and wasn’t providing any cushioning. I was starting to get Plantar Fascitis again. You can see the sole is very worn down and I didn’t do any burnouts in them!

Out with the old, in with the new.

Third shoes

I picked up some Reebok Triplehall runners. They are working pretty well so far.

Excuse the dirt. I had to try my new toys out.  So far, the insole is pretty good. My heel pain has started to fade, so I’m happy. Perhaps I’ll upgrade the insoles in a month or so. Also, I think going forward, I’ll start looking for new shoes around the 3 month mark.