GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX – 24-26 JUNE
Lord March opened his annual extravaganza in style this year by piloting a £2 million BMW 507 up his own hillclimb at Goodwood House.
This year’s Festival of Speed – for which BMW was the featured marque – was rain and mud spattered, but it’s theme of ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’ was enforced in stunning fashion, with Land Speed Record cars (Blue Bird and Blitzen Benz et al), touring cars (Sierra Cosworths and Rover SD1s), as well as Formula 1 cars courtesy of Williams and McLaren given the beans for thousands of visitors.
British racing star and 1976 F1 champion James Hunt, who died in June 1993, was celebrated over the weekend. Several of the cars associated with his cars were driven, and both of his sons were present.
The FoS is often compared to the Goodwood Revival, but it is louder, more flamboyant and just as thorougly deserving of its venue. However this year’s Festival hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Saturday morning, after a serious road accident near the entrance to Goodwood House left many visitors queuing for up to five hours to get in. James Sadlier and Murray Scullion Additional photography by Alex Whitewall, Steve Havelock and Goodwood.