The sound of screaming engines, tyre smoke, hi-octane fuel and fighter jets replaced the tranquil sound of chirping birds at the Goodwood House this last weekend in West Sussex, England. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the event for any petrol head since it’s creation in 1993 and for 4 days is home to some of the most historic race cars of all time.
No where on the planet can you watch vintage Cafe Racer Norton race bikes, F1 cars at full chat from every era, mad drift cars going sideways up the hill and NASCAR’s burning tyres as if they grow on the trees (that’s just a very small sample) and all in a stunning setting…there is simply nothing like it in the world.
It was always going to be a mixed show for me as I was working all weekend (doing the day job) so couldn’t explore it like a visitor, but every opportunity I got I took the chance to take in the atmosphere, wander around the paddocks and hill climb and get up close and personal to some of the most famous and amazing machines and people on show.
The Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO was one of the stars of the show for me making a triumphant return to the hill in serious style, 720bhp from a turbo charged 5 cylinder…epic
BBS Turbo fans work so well…
Goodwood Festival of Speed is unique in the respect that it is the only motorsport event outside of the Forumula 1 calendar that attracts the majority of current F1 teams…although there was a lot on show the bygone era cars were simply amazing. Ayrton Senna’s John Player Special F1 Turbo era car attracted a lot of attention and carries so much history and pedigree.
Another epic Ayrton racer was his championship Honda powered Mclaren…where else do you see a line up like this?
Mercedes were celebrating 120 years of motor racing at Goodwood FoS, aside from the stunning sculpture arching over the house, also on show were a fleet of Silver Arrows, including this beauty. A huge highlight for me was watching Sterling Moss drive past me on a golf buggy wearing his light blue racing suit and leather loafers on his way to piloting a silver arrow up the Goodwood hillclimb. Again where else!
The collection of Surtees cars was again something to behold and beautifully presented…
More from the paddock…
Aside from all of the Motorsport metal on show in the paddocks there were some seriously cool and well built rat rods that made it into the festival with their own beach. The Model A big block rat rods got a lot of attention and didn’t look out of place at all among the historic racers.
There’s nothing like a priceless Shelby Mustang race car.
Despite all of the cars shredding up the track there were some seriously cool motorbikes on show and man did they sound incredible…they gave the turbo era F1 cars a run for their money!
The Porsche car club had a seriously clean Porsche 356 on show, the history if the car read that it was swapped in 1980 for a VW Golf…I bet the previous owner is kicking himself.
The 356 is the Grandfather of the Porsche 911 and is Ferdinand Porsche’s first creation. The 356 is simply stunning and this is an exceptional example.
Finally the Players crew were out in force and had some of the UK’s premier modified metal on show…it’s quite an honour for them to be invited to Goodwood FoS and is a testament to the quality and craftmanship that goes into their builds. The Playdat Datsun 610 pickup dropped on airride air bags with a custom fabricated frame held it’s own on the Goodwood estate.
A Volvo brick on air? Rollhard’s brickie baffled the motorsport crowd and got some serious attention
Last but by no means least is Milestone71‘s Porsche 964 finished in a stunning pink and dropped on over sized Fuch’s built by Rotiform. The rear form of the 964 just gets me everytime, the shape that fades away progressively into the rear bumper flowing around over the rear wheels give the car such stance when it’s lowered on the deck.