Events : Goodwood Festival of Speed (days 1 and 2)

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

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!

 

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

7 Comments

  1. Great pics there Keith- especially the SM Convertible and the wonderful Morgan trikes (one of those take pride of place in my imaginary ‘dream garage’…) but what is going on with those absolutely hideous ‘bespoke’ Range Rover Chavmobiles? Please tell me that those are not part of a JLR display?

  2. Yes, I was also admiring that gorgeous SM, and also the Alfa Romeo Zagato……wish I’d gone now……:(

  3. Jeeezsus Christ: I now know what you mean by those ‘Bespoke’ Range Rovers…. I don’t even think footballers would touch them… More like the sort of thing that ‘gentlemen of dubious employment’ might like.. The rest of the sane (and legal) world wouldn’t.

  4. I see what you mean about the ‘drug dealer’ spec Rangeys. I also see Dacia have a presence there!

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