Goodwood 2018: the greatest car park in the world

MR’s Ethan Jupp goes on a tour of the Goodwood Festival of Speed car park, so you don’t have to

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Some people say that the best way to enjoy a party is to head to the kitchen. Indeed, Jona Lewie wrote a song about the very subject. It’s a similar story at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the car park is often just as exciting as the main event. We couldn’t send Mr Lewie to Sussex, so instead, here are some photos taken by MR’s newest recruit, Ethan Jupp.

Belgian waffle

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A Cardiff-registered Aston Martin DBS Volante parked alongside a Belgian-registered Honda NSX. It begs the question, would you rather head to the Welsh hills in the Aston or to Belgium in the NSX?


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You know what it’s like, you wait an age for a McLaren and then… blimey, how many are in this shot? We haven’t seen this many Maccas since we stumbled across a convention of Beatles tribute acts in Liverpool.

Waspish McLaren

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What’s yellow and black and often turns up as an unwelcome guest at summer events? There’s something waspish about this McLaren Senna, although we wouldn’t recommend hitting it with a copy of the Daily Telegraph. Other papers are available.

Better than a Mirage

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Our man Richard Aucock was fortunate enough to drive the McLaren Senna at the Estoril circuit in Portugal. We can’t recall his precise words, but he almost certainly said it was nicer to drive than a Mitsubishi Mirage.

Not a Mirage in sight

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We’ve taken a closer look at this photo and we can’t find a Mitsubishi Mirage. Jupp needs to work on his car park spotting skills. Initial verdict: must try harder.

Absolutely fabulous

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If the number plate is anything to go by, the owner of this Audi R8 V10 is a fan of the A262 in Kent. We prefer the fab A272, which makes for a nice journey home if you’re heading west from Goodwood.

Once you pop…

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It’s never too early to break out a packet of Pringles. Once you pop, and all that. We suspect he’ll find it easier to close the lid on the GT3 RS, although he might want to remove that Wall’s chill bag first.

A Noble act

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The Noble M600: built in Leicestershire and powered by a Yamaha 4.4-litre V8, as used in the Volvo XC90 and S80. You’d struggle to hit a claimed 225mph in an XC90, mind, especially seven-up with a dog in the boot.

Ferrari 250 GTE

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Launched in 1960, the Ferrari 250 GTE was the first genuine four-seater from Maranello. This very car featured in Classic & Sportscar in September 1983. At the time it was worth between £5,000 and £6,000, roughly the same as a new Ford Sierra. It was also the year in which UB40 hit the number one spot with Red Red Wine. You’ll need a few glasses of that before we tell you that, 35 years later, it’s worth upwards of £300,000.

Loud and fast

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This 2001 BMW M3 is worth considerably less, but we suspect that it’s louder than the Ferrari. Or, should that be L1OUDer?

A brace of CSLs

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The BMW M3 CSL represents the embodiment of the ‘ultimate driving machine’ tag. CSL stands for Coupe Sport Leichtbau, which is German shorthand for ‘we give you less, you pay us more’. Values have shot up, with the very best examples knocking on the door of £100,000.

Pure GT3

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Still relatively fresh from its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, here is a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring. The optional Touring Package does away with the fixed rear wing, but the car is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. It is, if you like, a 911 GT3 for the purist.

‘Elf and safety

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If only to highlight the absence of the rear wing, here’s another view of the 911 GT3 Touring. It’s good to see that Elf, having found his father in New York, has made his way to Belgium. He should enjoy the chocolates. And waffles. And buns.

Romeo and Giulia

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All eyes appear to be on the Audi, but we’d rather enjoy a drive home in this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Advantage Vantage

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Here’s an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster basking in the sun at Goodwood. It’s probably worth a cool £100,000.

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Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Writer with a penchant for #FrenchTat. Also doing a passable impression of Cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome.


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