Goodwood Festival of Speed is like no other and the 2015 edition was no let down. A festival of all things motoring in the picturesque Goodwood estate – the event celebrates all generations and genres of motorsport from four wheel drive hoonigan drifting badness to the cream of F1.
For me it’s bitter sweet – the past two years has seen the day job has got in the way and I’ve been working at the show on an exhibition stand, I shouldn’t complain because I actually get to be there for the full 4 days for free (ish) and get woken up by V8’s, burnouts and race fuel.
After Mad Mike’s tire slaying entrance last year the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 organisers decided to bring more noise and sideways action in the shape of a fleet of drifters. Even the King of Hoon – Ken Block was in attendance with his 4 wheel drive, 800 horsepower vintage Mustang. If you haven’t seen his video terrorising the streets of LA in said machine then you must!
Ken’s car had so much attention over the weekend even the main man himself, Lord March, even hopped in for a ride up the historic hill. This is what I love about Goodwood, it’s that open minded spirit and willingness to chuck what some would consider “not inkeeping with the tradition” in to the motorsport mix. I mean where else do you get such an eclectic mix of machines and drivers all in one place?
Around the paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015
The Paddock for me is the best bit, it’s where you get up close and personal with some of the most iconic racers to grace the terra-firma, it’s also where you might happen to bump into Stirling Moss or Jackie Stewart, it’s where serious fan boys fill their autograph books to the brim. For me though it’s all about the machinery, the noises and the smells. This is where you feel the Goodwood spirit
I’d go as far to say Goodwood Festival of Speed is the best car show in the world. The feeling you get when you’re there, the cars and machinery you see and like minded people you meet. When I got a rare chance to wander off stand and grab a few pictures trackside I shared car banter and chatted cars with complete strangers – this really enforced my love of the moving machine, it’s more than an interest, it’s a bond and Goodwood is most certainly the glue.