Events : Goodwood Festival of Speed (days 1 and 2)
Words: Keith Adams Photography: Headline Auto
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been running – and growing – since the early 1990s, and since 2010, grew to incorporate the Thursday Moving Motor Show. It is an interesting new development, which means new car manufacturers can display their wares at this retro-event without them looking too displaced. This year’s MMS has grown to such an extent that – alongside the Docklands Expo – we’re getting close to a serious replacement scheme for the much-missed Earls Court and NEC motor shows. But not quite yet…
The MMS’s USP has to be that potential buyers and enthusiasts can bag drives of the cars up the ‘hill’, which makes this an irresistible draw for many. It could be argued that a run up the 1.16-mile hill climb course isn’t that a relevant test for a new car’s mettle – but, this is Goodwood!
Aside from the new car glamour, there were more than enough period cars to keep classic car enthusiasts more than occupied. The Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’elegance featured heads of states’ cars – including some nice examples of HRH Queen’s fleet, while the paddock was packed with the usual world-beating collection of race and rally cars – as well as road-going supercars and prototypes.
It’s still the best show in the world, and to get a flavour, here’s a gallery of some of Thursday and Friday’s highlight motors. Full report and image library to follow. Enjoy!