Goodwood Festival of Speed

CHILDHOOD OBSESSION

For me, as a child it was never about football, cricket or rugby, although I did try very hard to pretend I did enjoy football, so hard in fact I even joined a Sunday team! For whatever reason anything with wheels puts a massive grin on my face. I think my first motorsport memory is of my Dad taking me to see the RAC rally in Sherwood Forest in the 90's, closely followed by several British Touring Car races at Donington Park and the obsession and passion for all things racing grew from there.

Since then I've had the pleasure of going to many motorsport events across the country including the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Thankfully and finally this was the year I got to tick another biggy off the list - hello glorious Goodwood!

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 Valtteri Bottas - 2014 Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid

Valtteri Bottas - 2014 Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid

THE HILL CLIMB

So what is Goodwood? Basically, the majority of all motorsport disciplines from around the world and car manufacturers showcase cars from past, present and future in one place. All of this fuel driven fun has happened in the grounds of Lord March's estate since he founded the event in 1993 to bring motor racing back to Goodwood.

The Goodwood House driveway plays host to the famous hill climb and throughout the day you'll see cars and bikes from the racing world roar up through the grounds sliding sideways and donuting their way to the top to really put a smile on the fans faces. As someone who has watched some of these classic racers on TV as a child it was pretty insane to see them in real life. Nigel Mansell's iconic championship winning Williams FW14B from 1992 which hadn't run since the final race of that season in Austraila was my absolute highlight!

Then late Sunday afternoon the hillclimb becomes a timed event where the drivers taking park really get their foot down to be crowned hill climb champ of the year!

 1993 Benetton Ford B193

1993 Benetton Ford B193

 1962 Ferrari 156 F1

1962 Ferrari 156 F1

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 Chris MacAllister - Lotus 49

Chris MacAllister - Lotus 49

 Karun Chandhok - 1992 Williams Renault FW14B

Karun Chandhok - 1992 Williams Renault FW14B

HOUSE & PADDOCK

Over at the front of Goodwood House you'll find a huge display honouring a different car manufacture each year. This year was the first time the display not only honoured a manufacture, but the career of ex F1 CEO, Bernie Ecclestone. The sculpture represents the 5 stages of his career that Goodwood describes as racer, manager, team owner, impresario and legend. A pretty impressive sight don't you think?

Behind the house is the paddock where you can get super close to all the cars and bikes being prepared ready to take part in the hill climb. The access to cars and drivers really is incredible and something Goodwood wins hands down over most motorsport events. We only managed to see racing legend Jackie Stewart while we were there but if you time it right you can see many famous faces from the racing world!

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 1973 Tyrrell Ford 006

1973 Tyrrell Ford 006

 1929 Morgan Super Aero

1929 Morgan Super Aero

 1969 MV Agusta 500

1969 MV Agusta 500

 1954 Lancia Ferrari D50

1954 Lancia Ferrari D50

All major car manufacturers have huge stands at Goodwood to tempt you in to have a sit in a beautiful Porsche or Jaguar and even have mini tracks to take you for a quick joy ride so you instantly fall in love and slap your credit card on the table to order one! But then I remember I'm not rich, put my credit card away and take a brochure...... you know, just incase.

A quick visit to the ferris wheel to see the festival from up high and the day was done. The only disappointment is that it's taken me so long to experience Goodwood. If you have any interest in loud cars, bikes or any type motorsport you will be right at home at this very impressive event!

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