Goodwood Festival of Speed is Pure Automotive Joy

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Its hard to describe in words the feeling of being at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Pure automotive joy comes to our mind when we think of this incredible event.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed is where all your car dreams come true.

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As well as sensory overload, it is truly a mind-blowing and unforgettable experience.

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It’s a festival, a celebration of everything motorsport and car related.

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It’s far more than a car show. Its unlike any other car event, packing a exhilarating hill climb and an epic forest rally stage and more. There is so much to the Festival of Speed- we are just touching the surface.

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The last weekend in June sees the annual pilgrimage of car fans assemble to Goodwood, a Motoring mecca a stone’s throw away from Chichester. As you will see if you keep scrolling…if you call yourself a true car fan you have got to get yourself to the Goodwood Festival of Speed next year.

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This event is so massive we are not even going to try to cover it in one post. Instead over the next coming weeks we aim to bring you coverage of the Pit Garages, the Forest Rally Stage and the Cartier ‘Style Et Luxe’.

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The first Goodwood Festival of Speed was held in 1993, little did the Earl of March realise the success and world acclaim that would follow for this now hallowed and exclusive event.

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The Hill Climb is the main event of the Festival. Its where countless priceless racing cars are driven to their full potential up the demanding 1.16 mile hill.

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This post concentrates on the Hillclimb, where only at Goodwood is the course car a Rolls Royce Wraith.

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The Festival of Speed is always well supported by F1 drivers and this year was no exception. It wasn’t hard to spot the celebrity as the crowd gathered quickly in front of Goodwood House to see Sir Stirling Moss and a some guy called Lewis hanging out. Just one week later Lewis Hamilton would claim victory at Silverstone.

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Lewis later turned it up for the fans. Smoking it up for the crowd in a 2011 Mercedes W02- originally driven by Schumacher.

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Damon Hill looked right at home in the cockpit of this familiar champ. He took the chequered flag eight times on his way to winning the World Championship in this 1996 Williams-Renualt FW18.

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A special moment of the Festival was when Kimi Raikkonen in his title winning F2007 followed John Surtees in his 1964 winning Ferrari 158.

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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button was one of the big names to drop into the Festival of Speed on the Saturday.

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Pedro de la Rosa drove this F60 from 2009. This car took just the one victory with Kimi at the wheel at Spa.

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The first glance category presented a varied range of debutants presented by the worlds leading auto manufacturers.

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Among our favorites was the impressive new Mustang.

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And the new M4.

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Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needle piloted this tasty M4 Coupe and probably wore out a few sets of rubber as well.

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Mark Webber drove the 911 GTI-98. With this car Porsche secured its 16th record win at LeMans.

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William driver Felipe Massa looked relaxed in the festival atmosphere.

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Charlie Boorman celebrated ten years since the ‘Long Way Around’ with Ewan McGregor.

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Jackie Stewart proudly drove one of the most beautiful racing cars of all time, the 1939 Mercedes Benz W165.

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Mad Mike was on hand creating some smoke for the fans….amazing.

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Dani Sordo delighted the crowd in his 300hp 4WD Hyundai i20.

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Legend of Modern rallying, Sebastian Loeb also got into the spins in his Rally car.

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Unfortunately for Chris Hoy a little bit too much speed meant he aimed straight for the hay bales.

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But the caliber of some of the machinery at Goodwood were the real shining stars. Such as this glorious 1987 LeMans winning Porsche 962C.

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#9 1982 Rothmans Porsche 956C Group C racing car

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Tom Walkinshaw’s team took a class win at LeMans in this XJ220 GT, although the car was later disqualified.

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Everywhere you looked the Mercedes Benz feature dominated the skyline. Two cars spanning eighty years. The 1934 Mercedes W25 won at its first outing at the Nurburing. The other silver arrow is the 2013 W04 raced in 15 Grand Prix’s by Lewis Hamilton, with 5 poles and a victory in Hungary. These two cars show the first and last eight cylinder racing machines built by Mercedes.

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The Festival commemorated Mercedes Benz’s 120-year involvement in motorsport. Right from the pioneer age of car racing the three pointed star was there.

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Some of the more modern Benz’s did not disappoint such as this Mercedes CLK GTR- 6.0 litre V12 from ’98.

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And this equally impressive AMG C-Class DTM car from 2006.

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With a couple of SLS’s posting quick times up the hill.

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Twenty three categories of cars entered the Hill climb competition. Some with timed runs others purely demonstration. This Lancia Beta Montecarlo drew our eyes.

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Ferrari 512S- Mario Andretti put the 512S on pole at Daytona and won at Sebring.

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The Landspeed Record Breaker Sunbeam V12 350Hp from Beaulieu was out track.

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Maserati also were celebrating 100 years with landmark models like the 250F gaining our respect.

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This Vita4one racing MC12 GT1 from 2004 is just one formidable examples that helped Maserati to win the manufacturers championship three times in the FIA GT series.

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This updated version of the GT1 for the 2010 GT1 Championship. Once again both team and driver’s titles were secured with this 6.0 V12 Maserati.

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This 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine Bentley Continental GT3 had David Brabham at the wheel.

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The shootout of the fastest cars got everyone excited. K Brack piloted this McLaren up the hill in a 47.86.

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This XJ220 LM achieved a 51.77 with its 3.5 litre boosted V6 sounded smooth as it sped past.

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One car that got us very excited was the Porsche 918 Hybrid in Martini Livery. Piloted by Gordon Robertson of Porsche Great Britain.

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Porsche Hybrid in Martini livery in full electric power attached the hill in a 66.09.

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Lotus Exige V8- made it up the hill in 54.03

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Seeing and hearing an Audi S1 Quattro in the flesh at Goodwood Festival of Speed was a huge thrill. This car enabled Stig Blomqvist to see off a charge from Lancia and Peugeot in the 1984 World Rally Championship. Hannu Mikkola drove the short wheelbase 1985 S1 E2.

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Who says Rolls Royce’s can’t be sporty? This Wraith put some of the sports cars to shame and sounded pretty tough too with a not too shabby time of 59.33.

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Gordon Lennox in yellow Ferrari pulled off a quick 53.92.

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Once gamer now professional racing driver Dane Mardenborough blistered the hill in a slick 49.27.

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Followed by this Toyota Tundra with 6th fastest time of 50.75.

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Based on the Enzo Ferrari, this Maserati MC12 ‘Cent 100’ with special Centenary Livery and a power upgrade for the festival was second quickest up the Hill with a 45.82.

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But it was Sebastian Loeb wiping the competition in the final shoot out with a 44.6 up the hill climb.

The top 5 Shoot-out times are as follows:

1 208 Sebastien LOEB Peugeot 208 T16 ‘Pikes Peak’ 44.60
2 100 Michael BARTELS Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100′ 45.82
3 96 Kenny BRACK McLaren F1 GTR ‘Long Tail’ 47.52
4 135 Jann MARDENBOROUGH Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 48.05
5 191 Didier SIRGUE Jordan-Ford 191 48.30

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Some of our other favorites going up this hill included this 1935 Renault Nervasport.

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‘Elvis’ the Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo- this car was a Porsche-beater in the IMSA GT series in the late eighties.

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Porsche 917/30- Can-Am Legend packing 1580bhp.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage GTE in Gulf colours was a pretty sight.

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LeMans winning Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro tackling the hillclimb. Electric drive powersthe fronts whilst turbo-diesel powers the rears. 2014 upgrades to this successful formula include an electric turbo boosted by thermal energy from the exhaust. Still fresh from the race it was still wearing its spattering of tyre rubber.

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Not one, not two. Three D Types. Yes- 3! In the lead is the LeMans winner from 1957 driven by Flockhart and Bueb.

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Also coming in three’s were pioneers of British Motorsport, Bentley’s Old Number 1, 2 and 3.

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LaFerrari a Prancing horse with the lot- The hybrid is powered by a 6.3-litre petrol engine and an electric motor which gives the LaFerrari a whopping 960bhp.

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Lancia 037- This recently restored example was Markku Alen’s ’82 practise car, later rallied by Antonio Rodrigues in Portugal.

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917K. That glorious sound from the 4.9 litre flat 12 roared past the Flint Wall.

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Gorgeous vintage lines with this C Type Jaguar. Back in 1951 this car won at LeMan, the C-Type won again in 1953.

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Lemans winner in ’88 this Jaguar XJR9 LM was looking mighty fine.

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This Rover SD1 Vitesse was the car that won the 1984 British Saloon Car Championship.

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Ferrari 250 GT LWB- the silky smooth 3.0 litre V12 effortlessly cruised up the hill.

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This Jordan-Ford 191 from 1991 piloted by Schumacher before he defected to Benetton.

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Bruno Senna drove Ayrton’s 1988 McLaren MP4/4.

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Renault R5 Maxi Turbo Diac in 1985 Tour de corse livery.

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Thanks so much for reading our coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014. Hang tight we have loads more from this epic event coming soon. Heres a little Maseratti teaser…there’s plenty more on the way!

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  1. Thank you so much for a really excellent coverage of the Goodwood event. Fantastic!


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