GOOD­WOOD FES­TI­VAL OF SPEED

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

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.

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