A Good Goodwood

GoodwoodI’ve just returned from a weekend away at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held every year in the grounds of Goodwood House near Chichester.

This was my first visit, and I found that the 3 days of the event was enough time, but any less would have likely left me rushing to see everything.  There is pretty much something for everyone at the Festival, whether you’re interest is classic F1, Rally, off-roading, historic cars or more.

The difference for me here though is that although you can go to a museum and see classic motor-racing machines on display, there are very few events when you can see the cars, not only being driven, but driven on a track in a (semi) competitive event.  Not every class is timed on the run up the hill, but most are.  The main exceptions are driven by safety, a track with nothing between the spectators and the cars but a few reinforced hay-bales is not the place for running a modern F1 car at full-pelt (for example) – so although those classes still run up the hill, they don’t do so against the clock, so it’s more about demonstration than all-out speed.

More after the jump… (inc. photos)

Notable events on the track (for me) included Takuma Sato doing burnouts and doughnuts in an F1 car


But by far the maddest thing was Jesse James’ off-road “Baha” truck…  which started off doing a run up the main track, and ended up going through the off-road rally stage, and finishing up doing jumps on the Bowler Wildcat demonstration track:

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The photos really can’t do justice to this amazing 900hp off-road truck, neither in terms of how big it is, nor how fast…

Of course, no Festival devoted to all things fast and powerful would be complete without a few other things:

Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang - 001

Bugatti Veyron

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The Red Arrows

Easy Rider

Peter Fonda riding a replica of the bike from Easy Rider

Aston Martin

An Aston Martin

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Disk Dastardly and the rest of the Wacky Racers

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Jenson Buttons 2009 F1 car (couldn’t run due to F1 regulations)


Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 F1 Car


Kris Meeke on the Rally Stage

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Another Bugatti Veyron

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And I’ll finish with another look at Jesse James’ Baha Truck

That’s just a very small selection of the photos from the weekend, if you want to see more cars, more action, and more fun, then check out:

Thanks to Ollie from BlogF1 for his company, for sharing his extensive knowledge of both sports cars and really nice waterfront pub/restaurants in Southampton, I had a fantastic time at this event, and will be going back in the future (but probably not every year)