The 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed has certainly attracted bumper crowds on what has emerged as one of Britain’s hottest days of the year to date. Although we’ve only had Thursday and Friday so far, the quality of the cars tacking the great hill-climb has been rather impressive, with the British element holding its head up high despite Porsche’s almost block-booking of the event during the 50th Anniversary of the 911.
Jaguar’s C-X75 making a surprise appearance has been the highight of the show so far (if you can exclude Bonhams selling what has become the world’s most expensive auction car, the ex-Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196). Some of the old favourites continue to surprise and delight, such as the XJ220-powered Transit development hack and, all in all, it’s proving to be a great weekend so far.
Of course, downside of this massive success is the rampant commercialism at Goodwood, with the new car manufacturers competing like crazy to get the most exposure at the show. Perhaps sending cars like the Dacia Sandero (a great car, but hardly a fast one), Fiat 500 or Hyundai i30 up the hill-climb at an event called the Festival of Speed wasn’t the best judgment. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the crowd thought.
Enjoy this gallery of the Best of British… so far… at Goodwood. We’ll put up more on Monday.