Festival of Speed - Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

July 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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The Festival of Speed is undoubtedly the greatest show on earth as far as Mostorsport fans are concerned. Each year thousands of enthusiasts flock down to Goodwood House in West Sussex to see close at hand some of the most exotic cars in the world and get up close to the action and the drivers.

On arrival the guest is drawn to the structure created by British artist and designer Gerry Judah. The creation which always dominates the front of Goodwood House. Festival of Speed 2016 was dedicated to celebrating BMWs Centenary so in recognition  an enormous spike sculpture soaring into the sky supported three historic BMW cars.

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The first day of FOS is dedicated to The Moving Motor Show. Since the demise of the London Motor Show Goodwood has incorporated an opportunity for manufacturers to display their range of vehicles and introduce new models to potential customers. This is not done on a small scale and each marque uses the most innovative gimmicks to lure interested parties into their temporary show rooms. Some lucky visitors even get the chance to be driven to the top of the Goodwood Hill Climb to test the performance. 

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Being the first  and the quietest day of the event Thursday is always a good day to wonder into the Cartiers Concours of Elegance to see the display of mouthwatering elegance and extravagance. Situated on the Cartier Lawn adjacent to the house were a collection of the most exotic, iconic cars shipped in from all four corners especially for the event.

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The opportunity to roam around the F1 paddock and Supercar Paddock, so close to the cars and the drivers as they prepare for the Hill Climb is unique.  The quality and history attached to the cars participating would be hard to beat at any event.

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The Stable Yard was dedicated to Mazda in particular the Mazda MX5 celebrating over two decades of carefree open top motoring for enthusiasts. Throughout the event musicians took to the Mazda stage to perform and 'Raise The Roof' before heading off to Glastonbury,

 

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Another important celebration was to mark the 40th Anniversary of James Hunt's F1 World Championship win. Freddie Hunt's significant attendance dominated much of the show with Freddie driving his fathers Hesketh, book signing and generally participating in the good spirit of the event. McLaren naturally dedicated much of it's display to James Hunt said it all with the James Hunt's quotation at the entrance of their display! Sponsor Tag Heuer launched a special edition James Hunt watch to the luxury collection.

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No less exciting was the journey up to the top of the hill climb. An outstandingly diverse collection of cars made their way past Goodwood House to tackle the Goodwood Hill Climb.

 

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Terry Grant entertained the thousands of spectators with his amazing driving or non driving skills:

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It was all heads towards the sky as the amazing Red Arrows swooped across the Goodwood Estate with a stunning air formation performance 

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On Sunday Lord March took to the wheel of the newly launched Bugatti Chiron for the Hill Climb ascent and became the first non professional driver to drive the stunning new model.

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Meanwhile there was plenty of action for fans of classic rallying at FOS. The forest stage rally provide fans with  thrills and plenty of authentic dust!!

 

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The Paddock and Assembly Area were the  main attractions where spectators gathered to spot and mingle with celebrities. The impressive list of celebrities participating  included Sir Stirling Moss,

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John Surtees,

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Derek Bell,

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Carl Fogarty,

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Nico Rosberg,

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Jenson Button,

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Gordon Sheddon,

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James Martin,

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Sammy Miller,

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Giacomo Agostini,

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Jason Plato, 

 

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