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GOOD­WOOD FES­TI­VAL, RESTO AP­PREN­TICE­SHIPS AND AGP CEL­E­BRA­TIONS

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OVER 200,000 peo­ple flocked to the 25th an­niver­sary of the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, the four-day event held at the Duke of Richmond’s 5000-acre es­tate in Sus­sex.

Fans were treated to more more than 1000 spe­cial cars, in­clud­ing Le Mans win­ners, Indy­cars, F1 cars, ex­otic sportscars, Nas­cars, Amer­i­can mus­cle cars and su­per­cars like David Brabham’s BT62.

The hill­climb is the main fo­cus of the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed and on hand to hus­tle the mouth-wa­ter­ing ma­chin­ery up the 1.9km course were stars in­clud­ing Sir Jackie Ste­wart, Mika Hakki­nen, David Brabham, Marino Fran­chitti, Derek Bell, Martin Brun­dle, 1976 Bathurst win­ner John Fitz­patrick and Top Gear pre­sen­ter Chris Har­ris.

Porsche, cel­e­brat­ing its 70th birthday brought along the largest as­sort­ment of its prized old and new cars ever as­sem­bled, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal VW Bee­tle-based Porsche.

Other Porsches in­cluded the 917 made fa­mous by Steve McQueen in Le Mans plus other Le Mans rac­ers, the 956 and 962 from the 80s and the 919 that was Mark Web­ber's World en­durance Cham­pi­onship car.

Land Rover was also cel­e­brat­ing a birthday, its 70th, with a 70-ve­hi­cle dis­play.

Mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance out­side the US was the re-dis­cov­ered High­land Green 1968 Ford Mus­tang GT from the Steve McQueen movie

Bul­litt. Sean Kier­nan, whose late fa­ther bought one of the two Mus­tangs used in the movie, drove it up the hill­climb to thun­der­ous ap­plause.

Two of the strangest ve­hi­cles tack­ling the hill were the As­ton Martin Cygnet, a mi­cro­scopic city car with a V8 stuffed in it and a 240km/h Honda ride-on lawnmower.

The ac­tion wasn’t con­fined to the hill­climb with Bon­hams host­ing their an­nual and 50th auc­tion at Good­wood.

The most valu­able car un­der the ham­mer was the 1961 As­ton Martin DB4GT Za­gato, driven by Jim Clark in the RAC Tourist Tro­phy at Good­wood and in the Paris 1,000 Kilo­me­tres at Montl­h­ery. It sold for a stag­ger­ing $17.9 mil­lion – the most valu­able Bri­tish car sold at a Euro­pean auc­tion.

An equally fa­mous As­ton Martin was the 1965 DB5 from the clas­sic James Bond film

Golden Eye, fetch­ing $3.48 mil­lion, well above pre auc­tion es­ti­mates.

The John Sur­tees CBE, 1957 BMW 507 Road­ster re­alised a record $6.76 mil­lion. An ex-Scud­e­ria Fer­rari 1932-34 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Grand Prix Mono­posto fetched $8.15 mil­lion, while a 2012 Bu­gatti Vey­ron Su­per Sport Coupé went for $3.63 mil­lion and a 1931 Bent­ley 4½-Litre Su­per­charged Tourer ‘Blower’, one of 50 built, sold for $3.58 mil­lion.

The 1977 Porsche 911S that starred in The Bridge sold for seven times its pre-sale es­ti­mate, achiev­ing $251,000.

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