Cars, stars and vin­tage Good­wood style


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The Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, founded by Lord March, in the grounds of his Sus­sex es­tate in 1993, now pulls in crowds of 100,000-plus for each of the three days it is held ev­ery sum­mer.

It’s seen some sights over the years: the down­hill soap­box chal­lenge that reg­u­larly ended with ex­pen­sive prangs, real-life ver­sions of the Wacky Races cars and rac­ing roy­alty like Lewis Hamil­ton and Nico Ros­berg mix­ing with rac­ing knights like Jackie Ste­wart and Ster­ling Moss.

For the ul­ti­mate re­fined ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, head to the Cartier Style et Luxe en­clo­sure. Now one of the most re­spected con­cours d’ele­gance in the world, past win­ners have in­cluded the 1969 As­ton Martin DB6 Volante that the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge drove away in fol­low­ing their 2011 wed­ding, the fu­tur­is­tic Alfa Romeo BAT 5 Ber­tone and last year’s mas­ter­piece, the Lam­borgh­ini Miura 1971.

The fes­ti­val’s theme this year is Peaks Of Per­for­mance — Mo­tor­sport’s Game-chang­ers and will see rare and dis­tinc­tive cars com­pet­ing across seven cat­e­gories, as well as the

Over­all Win­ner Award.

“There will be around 50 el­e­gant, ex­otic and ex­cep­tional cars,” says Lau­rent Fe­niou, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cartier UK, who cites As­ton’s DB11 as his all-time favourite car. “The pre-war pe­riod is rep­re­sented by two classes, the first ded­i­cated to steam mo­tor car­riages built by the fa­mous Stan­ley mar­que. The se­cond sees the 110th an­niver­sary of the Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Ghost be­ing hon­oured with some sig­nif­i­cant ex­am­ples. We’ll also be cel­e­brat­ing two 70th an­niver­saries, with an eye­wa­ter­ing dis­play of ex­cep­tional Fer­rari 250s, plus As­ton Martin DB mod­els from the David Brown-era of own­er­ship.”

The Ital­ian theme con­tin­ues with grace­ful Maserati GTs mark­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the leg­endary 3500. In other words, a vin­tage year all round. Cartier Style et Luxe at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, 29 June–2 July; good­

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