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Peugeot Festival 2017

Celebrating the world’s greatest hot hatch

Peugeot Festival 2017Fans of the Peugeot 205 GTI – and other hot Peugeots – gathered at Prescott Hillclimb near Cheltenham for the annual Peugeot Festival. In addition to (non-competitive) runs up the hill and a hotly-contested concours, this year’s event included a line-up of special VIP cars.


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McRae on displayPeugeot Festival 2017

Topping the list of VIPs was a Peugeot 309 GTI rally car raced by the late Colin McRae before he won the World Rally Championship with Subaru.

A 205 T16 – the only black example, formerly owned by the King of Bahrain – was also showing off its mid-engined innards, while the Dimma-kitted 309 GTI Goodwood was also unique.

Dakar dreamingPeugeot Festival 2017

Many cars and clubs made the journey to the festival from around Europe. Peugeot Sport in France even provided their 2008 Dakar racer, offering showgoers the chance to sit in Carlos Sainz’s driving seat.

There were celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the 106 GTI & 406 Coupé, too – plus the 25th anniversary of the rarest 205 GTI, the 1FM special edition. Only 25 GTI 1FMs were made to celebrate 25 years of Radio 1, and no less than seven of them drove in convoy up the Prescott Hill.

The 205 GTI’s legacyPeugeot Festival 2017

The Peugeot Sport Club traces its roots back to 1985, when it was known as the Peugeot 205 GTI Club. The club was started by Peugeot UK to help owners enjoy their cars as part of its marketing strategy at the time. In 1988, the organisation of the Club was handed over to a small team of enthusiastic members, and the 205 GTI ceased production in 1994. But the club lives on: now open to all Peugeot owners.

Check out our gallery for photos of many cars at Peugeot Festival 2017. From an unrestored 305 saloon to a modified, wide-body 306 cabriolet, there’s something for everyone.

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Peugeot Festival 2017

Celebrating the world's greatest hot hatch

Peugeot Festival 2017Fans of the Peugeot 205 GTI – and other hot Peugeots – gathered at Prescott Hillclimb near Cheltenham for the annual Peugeot Festival. In addition to (non-competitive) runs up the hill and a hotly-contested concours, this year’s event included a line-up of special VIP cars.


More Peugeot on Motoring Research: 


McRae on displayPeugeot Festival 2017

Topping the list of VIPs was a Peugeot 309 GTI rally car raced by the late Colin McRae before he won the World Rally Championship with Subaru.

A 205 T16 – the only black example, formerly owned by the King of Bahrain – was also showing off its mid-engined innards, while the Dimma-kitted 309 GTI Goodwood was also unique.

Dakar dreamingPeugeot Festival 2017

Many cars and clubs made the journey to the festival from around Europe. Peugeot Sport in France even provided their 2008 Dakar racer, offering showgoers the chance to sit in Carlos Sainz’s driving seat.

There were celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the 106 GTI & 406 Coupé, too – plus the 25th anniversary of the rarest 205 GTI, the 1FM special edition. Only 25 GTI 1FMs were made to celebrate 25 years of Radio 1, and no less than seven of them drove in convoy up the Prescott Hill.

The 205 GTI’s legacyPeugeot Festival 2017

The Peugeot Sport Club traces its roots back to 1985, when it was known as the Peugeot 205 GTI Club. The club was started by Peugeot UK to help owners enjoy their cars as part of its marketing strategy at the time. In 1988, the organisation of the Club was handed over to a small team of enthusiastic members, and the 205 GTI ceased production in 1994. But the club lives on: now open to all Peugeot owners.

Check out our gallery for photos of many cars at Peugeot Festival 2017. From an unrestored 305 saloon to a modified, wide-body 306 cabriolet, there’s something for everyone.

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In pictures: the world’s greatest hot hatch festival

Worthersee Volkswagen FestivalThe Austrian town of Reifnitz on the side of Lake Worth, or Worthersee, has hosted the ‘GTI Treffen’ festival for 36 years. Originally a small meet of Volkswagen enthusiasts (just 100 cars attended the first event), more than 100,000 fans from all over Europe now head to the Alps at the end of May. We sent a snapper to the event and captured some of the weird and wacky VWs in attendance.

Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

If Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIs are your thing, you’ll be well catered for at Worthersee. The event was first created to celebrate the original GTI, and there are still loads in attendance today. From the original example to modified ones like this bright yellow GTI, we can get behind the subtle look.

Mk3 Volkswagen Golf cabrioletWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

What were we saying about ‘subtle’? This modified third-generation Golf cabriolet is anything but. There really is something for everyone.

Audi A1Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

Although predominantly a Volkswagen show, there are other VW Group cars in attendance. Such as this interesting Audi A1, which we can barely see thanks to its camo look.

Audi 100Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

Brown with gold alloys doesn’t sound like a great look, but it works for us on this Audi 100.

Audi 50Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

The Audi 50 is what became known as the Volkswagen Polo… and the rest, as they say, is history. This fairly standard and incredibly tidy example received many admiring glances at Worthersee.

Volkswagen Passat CoupeWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Remember when Passats were cool? This B1 generation Passat Coupe is closely related to the Audi 80 of the same era.

Mk1 Volkswagen GolfWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

In a town full of modified Vee-dubs, there’s something very refreshing about a pair of properly mint Mk1 Golfs as the factory intended.

Volkswagen campersWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Well, if you’re visiting the Alps for a VW festival, is there a better way of doing it than an old-school VW camper?

Volkswagen BeetleWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Thanks to their popularity, classic Volkswagen Beetles are still a relatively common sight on the roads. Plenty made it to Worthersee, including this lovely green example complete with skis on the back.

Volkswagen Polo G40Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

The Polo G40 is the result of what happened when VW bolted a supercharger to the 1.3-litre engine in the GT. Although it wasn’t incredibly powerful (it produced 115hp), it’d beat both the Fiesta XR2i and Peugeot 205 GTi in the 0-62mph run.

Volkswagen LupoWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Ah, the VW Lupo. Pre-dating the popular Up, the Lupo wasn’t quite the sales success of its successor. They’ve got quite a following in Volkswagen circles, though. This was one of a number of modified examples on show at Worthersee.

Volkswagen Polo HarlequinWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

You can imagine the meeting that led to the creation of the Volkswagen Polo Harlequin. “We need to give the Polo a sales boost. Let’s launch a special edition. But what can we do with it?” The answer, apparently, was to paint every body panel a different colour. Around 3,800 were made (and presumably sold), including this modified example.

Volkswagen TouranWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

A Volkswagen Touran people carrier doesn’t seem the obvious choice as a base for a modified car. Name the VW, however, and you’ll probably find a modded version at Worthersee.

Mk2 Volkswagen GolfWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

We spotted this lovely Mk2 Volkswagen Golf in one of the car parks at Worthersee. The decals suggest it’s an Elite special edition… we don’t know much about it, but feel free to tell us more about it in the comments if you do!

Ferrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Ferrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Ferrari delivers sunshine and smiles at SilverstoneIn more ways than one, Silverstone was bathed in sunshine this weekend as the circuit hosted the two day Passione Ferrari event. As well as VIPs, guests and owners taking to the track, Ferrari North Europe hosted the company’s annual Rays of Sunshine and BEN charity event. We have the photos from a sunny weekend in Northamptonshire.

Ferrari does a lot for charityFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Rays of Sunshine is a charity that grants wishes to terminally-ill children, while BEN is the automotive industry’s own benevolent fund that helps families in the automotive industry in times of need. In total, 50 children attended the event, each one treated to a passenger ride in a Ferrari California T.

Burning rubberFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Needless to say, the passenger rides went down a storm. Well, it’s not everyday you get to burn rubber in a Ferrari on the famous Silverstone Stowe Circuit.

Mollie KingFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

It wouldn’t be a Ferrari event without a celebrity of some kind, so step forward Mollie King, best known as being one-fifth of The Saturdays. Mollie also happens to be an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine.

Ferrari FXX-KFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Unfortunately for the children, they weren’t able to do a hot lap in the incredible Ferrari FXX-K. The limited edition model is based on the Ferrari LaFerrari and was built for track use only.

“Unfettered by homologation requirements and regulations, the FXX-K will never be used in competition and was developed to be completely uncompromising,” says the Ferrari website. In other words, this is the Ferrari LaFerrari at its most raw – the figures are quite astonishing.

The 6,262cc V12 engine has been tweaked to boost the output from 800hp to 860hp, although once combined with the electric motor, this rises to a mammoth 1,050hp. As for the torque: that’s a whopping 664lb ft.

Not only is the FXX-K the first Ferrari to produce in excess of 1,000hp, it also generates 540kg of downforce at 200km/h. Sadly, even at a cost of $2.5 million, they sound out quicker than you could say ‘HY-KERs’.

Ferrari 599XXFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

A track hero from Ferrari’s past: this is the awesome 599XX. Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX is – in Ferrari’s own words – “an extreme track car”.

Ferrari upped the maximum revs to 9,000rpm, with 720hp and 505lb ft of torque available on tap. The 0-60mph time is polished off in under three seconds, while the top speed is knocking on the door of 200mph.

Extensive wind tunnel testing resulted in 280kg of downforce at 200km/h and 630kg at 300km/h. The front underside of the body is completely faired-in, while the vents that channel hot air from the engine have been moved to the bonnet.

Silverstone could boast not one but two Ferrari 599XX on track. In 2010, the car became the first production-derived sports car to break the seven-minute barrier on the classic Nordschleife circuit. It completed the lap in 6 min 58.16 sec.

Ferrari 312TFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Away from the track, Ferrari also displayed a number of historic F1 cars, including a 312T and 312T5.

The 312T was the final 312T to be built and is the car in which Clay Regazzoni won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 1975 and the USA Grand Prix at Long Beach in 1976.

Ferrari 312T5Ferrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Meanwhile, the 312T5 was the last Ferrari F1 T car and was driven by Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve in the 1980 season.

Our Nige’s carFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

This just happens to be Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari 641/2 from the 1990 F1 season. Mansell raced alongside Alain Prost and finished first in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Ferrari F12tdfFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Bringing us right up to date is this Ferrari F12tdf. Only 799 units will be built and it pushes the boundaries of a street-legal track car. The 6,266cc V12 engine will help propel the F12tdf to 200km/h in just 7.9 seconds.

Apprentice graduation ceremonyFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

Ferrari North Europe used the event to say ‘you’re hired’ to five new service technicians who graduated after three years of technical training at Ferrari. Rene Arnoux, Marc Gene and F1 correspondent Tom Clarkson were on hand to present the apprentices with their certificates.

Rays of SunshineFerrari delivers sunshine and smiles at Silverstone

But the lasting memory of the event will be the smiles on the faces of the children who were treated to a lap of Silverstone. A picture paints a thousand words.

 

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

All the action from Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016This was THE weekend for soggy festivals – from the music lover’s Glastonbury to the petrolhead’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. We’re concentrating on the latter, with this year’s theme of ‘Full throttle – the endless pursuit of power’.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari 599XX Evo

Naturally, a highlight of the weekend was exotic supercars speeding up the legendary Goodwood hill. The Ferrari 599XX Evo, pictured here, can hit 62mph in ‘less than 2.9 seconds’ and a top speed of 196mph. We doubt it got close to that at Goodwood…

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari FXX K

Just as extreme is the Ferrari FXX K (yes, it really is called that). The hybrid race car produces an incredible 1,035hp and is good for 220mph.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Bugatti Chiron

The £1.9 million Bugatti Chiron hypercar made its UK dynamic debut at this weekend’s Festival of Speed. With a power output of 1,500hp, the Veyron successor has a top speed of 261mph.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 919 Hybrid

This is the LMP1 car that Porsche has just used to win Le Mans for the second year in a row. The Porsche 919 Hybrid weighs just 875kg and is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, combined with a large electric motor.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lancia 037

The historic Lancia 037 Group B rally car was the last rear-wheel-drive car to win the WRC. No doubt a bit of a handful at a wet Goodwood, the Lancia 037 is now more than 30 years old.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Vauxhall Maloo

Stepping away from the hill climb now and looking at what else Goodwood had to offer. On Vauxhall’s stand was this Maloo, carrying one of the oldest Vauxhalls in existence.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016TVR Trident Fissore Coupe

Over on Goodwood’s Cartier Lawn was the ‘Style et Lux’ concours, featuring a myriad of exotic and rare cars. This TVR Trident is one of just four ever made.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016BMW 2002 Turbo Hommage

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original 2002 turbo, the Hommage is based on the five-star BMW M2. Its compact dimensions and ‘shark nose’ grille give it an aggressive look. Unfortunately, it’s a one-off.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016BMW M1

With BMW celebrating its centenary year at Goodwood, there were lots of amazing BMWs old and new on display. This M1 caught our eye – with its mid-mounted engine and sleek Italian styling, it’s a very desirable classic car.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Mercedes-AMG GT R

Set to take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the ultra-hot (and ultra green, literally) Mercedes-AMG GT R made its debut at Goodwood. Here it is, taking centre stage on the firm’s huge show stand.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Mercedes-AMG GT R

And here it is, roaring up the hill. With a new exhaust system and twin-turbochargers, the GT R packs 585hp from its 4.0-litre V8. It’ll hit 62mph in 3.6 seconds.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016McLaren 675LT Spider

Unsurprisingly, McLaren’s section of the supercar paddock was drawing the crowds over the weekend. The 675 LT Spider, pictured here, costs an incredible £285,450.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Peugeot 205 T16

Think the regular 205 GTI is pretty special? It’s got nothing on the Group B 205 T16. Packing an incredible 500hp, this ‘hyper hatch’ was no doubt a bit of a handful on the wet hill climb.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover took along its mobile off-road course to Goodwood, with even appalling conditions failing to give the Evoque’s terrain response a workout.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche Cayenne

No, this isn’t a scene from the Festival of Speed car park (although it could have been). Porsche showed off the abilities of its Cayenne 4×4 on wet mud, using cars borrowed from its Experience Centre at Silverstone.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Honda NSX

Honda showed off the new NSX at Goodwood, but we prefer this original version – developed with help from none other than Ayrton Senna. It blew away the rival Ferrari 348 when launched in 1990.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

There aren’t many things that sound better than a Lamborghini Huracan at maximum attack. And opting for the roofless version means you can enjoy that 610hp V10 in all its glory. Ciao bella!

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Renault RE40

The RE40 was the first Renault F1 car to have a full carbon fibre chassis. It also had a 1.5-litre V6 engine producing a mildly terrifying 880hp. No wonder it took the great Alain Prost to tame it.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016McLaren P1 GTR

What’s even better than a McLaren P1? Yes, the racing-spec P1 GTR, with power boosted to 1,000hp, weight reduced by 50kg and a weapons-grade aero package. The paintwork on this car was inspired by much-loved racing driver, James Hunt.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Aston Martin DB11

The beautiful Aston Martin DB11 treated the crowds to its cultured V12 howl. After making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, this was the first chance to see Aston’s new supercar in action.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

The hottest Golf GTI arrived from from its record-breaking lap of the Nurburgring. It’s the fastest front-wheel-drive car ever around the notorious German racetrack, with a time of 7min 49.21sec.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lego Porsche 911

This Porsche 911 is half Lego and half the real thing. We have three questions. How long did it take to build? Does it drive? And can we have one for Christmas?

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Shelby GT350 Mustang

Posing next to a P-51 Mustang fighter, the Shelby GT350 is one of the fastest and most sought-after versions of the original Ford Mustang. Spot the GT40 in the background, too.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Alfa Romeo Giulia

Goodwood has become the de facto British Motor Show in recent years. The Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon made its UK debut here – allowing punters to compare it to the rival Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concours

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concours

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursThe Cartier Lawn has been a key part of the Festival of Speed since 1995. The Style et Luxe provides some welcome calm, away from the speed and the sound of the Goodwood Hill. We took a wander around the lawn to select our favourite concours gems.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursJensen Interceptor Vignale

The Jensen Interceptor entered the stage in 1966 and was powered by a Chrysler-sourced V8 engine. It was more of a GT car than an outright sports car and featured such ‘luxuries’ as the world’s first dimming interior light. The car on display at Goodwood is the very first production example and is said to be in an original and unrestored condition.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursAlpine A110 SX Berlinette

From one of the first of a breed to one of the last. This 1977 Alpine A110 SX was the very last of the 7,579 A110s to roll off the Dieppe production line. It’s finished in super-rare Normandy Green and features the rear lights from an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV. These were an option in certain markets, with Renault 8 units fitted to domestic market cars.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursLamborghini Countach LP400

It needs no introduction, does it? This early ‘Periscopo’ Countach is one of only 10 right-hand drive cars built, out of a total of 150 LP400s made between 1974 and 1977.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursAC 428 Frua Coupe

This is something you don’t see everyday, not least because a mere 81 cars were produced between 1966 and 1974. It’s a multinational affair, featuring an Italian body, British chassis and all-American Ford big-block V8. Illustrious though it was, sales were hampered by an extremely high price – twice that of a Jaguar E-Type.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursBristol 410

The Bristol 410 was the fourth in a series of five cars, beginning with the 407 and culminating with the 6.2-litre Chrysler V8-engined 411. The 410 was launched at the 1966 Earls Court Motor Show and was powered by the smaller 5.2-litre Chrysler V8. After years using a BMW straight-six engine, Bristol turned to Chrysler of Canada to support the Commonwealth.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursLamborghini Espada 400 GT Series 2

This Espada is of many cars owned by Harry Metcalfe of Harry’s Garage fame. The founder of Evo magazine has a number of exotic cars at his disposal, but few are as fabulous as this Lamborghini. With four proper seats, this was a Lamborghini you could use daily, assuming you could live with the thirst of the V12.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursWillys Interlagos A108

Sat amongst the towering Rolls-Royce and the vast supercars, the yellow Willys Interlagos A108 looks so delicate and petite. It’s an Alpine A108, but built by Willys Overland in Brazil. A clever move by cash-strapped Alpine, as it provided an alternative route into overseas markets.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursLancia Flaminia 2500 Sport Zagato

If there were any doubts that Lancia produced some of the world’s finest vehicles, the Flaminia 2500 Sport Zagato kicks them into the middle of the Ligurian Sea. Powered by an improved version of the Aurelia’s V6 engine, the Flaminia featured disc brakes and tinted glass – both firsts for an Italian car. The Sport Zagato was the most desirable version, boasting a ‘double bubble’ roof.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursDaimler 4 HP 8-Seater Wagonette

The first British-made Daimlers took to the road in 1897 and this is thought to be one of the earliest survivors. Unlike many other early Daimlers, this ‘coach with no horse’ retains it’s original tiller steering. Top speed – a blistering 15mph. Still want that horse-drawn vehicle?

Festival-goers: the best cars for Glastonbury

Festival-goers: the best cars for Glastonbury

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyThinking of heading to Glastonbury this year? Chances are you’re going to need a set of wheels. Ever helpful, we stood knee-deep in mud for a few hours and knocked back a bottle of cider before selecting the ‘best’ wheels for the job. It’s all part of the service, man.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyVolkswagen Camper

We couldn’t start with any other vehicle. The iconic Volkswagen Camper is as much a part of festival culture as music, mud and cider. Don’t expect to arrive at Glastonbury in record time (if at all), but at least you won’t need to erect a tent.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyVolkswagen California

For all its charm and character, there’s always a question mark over the Camper’s reliability. A trip along the A303 or the A30 in the height of summer provides enough evidence of that. For a little reassurance and comfort, check out the Volkswagen California. Less of an icon, but no less in-demand.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyLand Rover

It won’t have escaped your notice that Glastonbury tends to get quite muddy. Even if the rain stays away – which it won’t – the ground is still churned up by endless vehicles and the trampling of Hunter wellies. So arrive armed with a Land Rover. Just don’t expect to make a quick getaway, because festival-goers will be looking at you for a tow.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyVolvo estate

In truth, this could be any large estate, but if you’re going to opt for a wagon, it ought to be a Volvo. These things were practically made for festivals; they even came complete with a set of green wellies. Buy one for a few hundred quid, ask Muse to sign the bonnet and sell the car for a big profit. Sorted.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyFiat Panda 4×4

The plucky Fiat Panda 4×4 can show some of the big 4x4s a thing or two. Not only is it far better off road than you’d think, it also has the tiniest of dimensions, enabling you to fit through the smallest of gaps during the mass exodus after the event.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyToyota Hilux Invincible

To survive Glastonbury you need stamina, caffeine and a strong constitution. In short: you need to survive. Which makes the appropriately named Hilux Invincible just the machine. Four-wheel drive for the mud, a double cab for your mates and a general feeling of indestructibility.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyLexus LFA

Had enough of the music? Tune in to the sound of the Lexus LFA. Working in conjunction with Yamaha’s musical instrument division, the Lexus engineers tuned the engine note using uniquely shaped ribs in the intake manifold cover. The LFA’s chief engineer described the soundtrack as: “The roar of an angel.”

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyTesla Model S

Sticking with soundtracks, we’re recommending the Tesla Model S, not for its electric powertrain, but for the fact that the audio volume can be cranked up to 11. That’s so very Spinal Tap.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyCitroen H Van

Finding a Citroen H Van that hasn’t been turned into a trendy deli or coffee shop is going to be tough, but think of the benefits. Between acts, you can sell drinks for a vastly inflated fee and return home with a small profit.

Festival-goers: the best cars for GlastonburyRolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Everybody knows any self-respecting rockstar needs to drive a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. And when you’re through with Glastonbury you simply must find the nearest swimming pool in which to ‘park’ your Roller. If it’s good enough for Keith Moon…

Goodwood Festival of Speed auction

Goodwood Festival of Speed auction: the highlights

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionGoodwood isn’t just a place to ogle beautiful classic cars – you can buy them, too. The Bonhams Festival of Speed auction takes place on 24 June 2016 and lots range from seven-figure Ferraris, such as the 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta seen here, to a one-off prototype MGB. We’ve picked the cars we think stand out in this year’s sale. Whether you’re a serious shopper or an armchair browser, there’s something for everyone here.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionBMW M1

The 1978 M1 was BMW’s only true supercar until the i8 arrived in 2014. A few years ago, we remember these mid-engined, six-cylinder coupes selling for about £70,000. Now, Bonhams expects this car to fetch £280,000 – £320,000.

Designed by Giugiaro – the man behind the original Volkswagen Golf and Lotus Esprit – the M1 was originally supposed to be built by Lamborghini. Financial problems caused the Italian supercar maker to withdraw from the project, leaving BMW to finish the job in-house. Only 453 M1s were made – this example is number 413.

It might have Italian styling, but M1’s cockpit is unmistakably German. Note the period Becker radio/cassette. A 227hp power output is modest by today’s standards (a Ford Focus RS has 350hp), but the lightweight M1 could hit 60mph in just 5.4 seconds, and 100mph in 8.0 seconds.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionVolkswagen Type 2 Microbus

How about this for a change of gear? The Volkswagen Microbus is synonymous with hippy culture, and the 23-window Samba version is particularly sought-after. You’ll need to be a committed capitalist to afford one, though – the estimate here is £80,000 – £120,000.

This 1957 Samba was restored in 2014 and has been repainted in its original colours: Sealing Wax Red and Chestnut Brown. With a 1.5-litre air-cooled engine derived from the VW Beetle, it’s safe to assume performance is… steady.

The interior of the Microbus has been retrimmed in its original light brown, while much of the glass was replaced (no mean feat when you have 23 windows). If you can afford the asking price, there’s no cooler place to camp at Goodwood.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auction1949 Aston Martin DB team car

Welcome to the world of classic cars, where a rust-ravaged wreck can be worth £600,000 – £900,000. However, this Aston Martin DB team car isn’t any old jalopy: it finished seventh at Le Mans in 1949, then fifth in the Spa 24-Hour race two weeks later. It was one of the earliest Astons to bear the ‘DB’ initials of new company owner, David Brown.

Years later, the car was bought by Aston Martin enthusiast Christopher Angell, and even featured in a Le Mans demonstration parade before the race in 1971. However, as Mr Angell’s health declined, the car fell into disrepair. It was left in his garden until 2002 – when it was stolen.

Thankfully, the car was eventually recovered via litigation, and is more-or-less intact apart from its missing 48-gallon fuel tank and modified radiator grille. It even still has the regulation Le Mans seals on the radiator cap and oil filler. If you’re brave (and wealthy) enough to take this project on, the result could be something really special.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionBentley 4¼-litre Racing two-seater

Another historic British racer comes in the shape of this Bentley 4¼-litre two-seater – estimated at £80,000 – £100,000. However, this car’s success has all been in recent years. First registered in 1936 as a four-door ‘Park Ward’ saloon, it was rebodied as a two-seat roadster in the 1980s.

The Bentley’s fate was sealed after being left in an orchard near Birmingham for 18 years. Described by Bonhams as being ‘beyond restoration’, a similar car was acquired to donate parts, with new custom bodywork made, and the engine rebuilt by Hass Motorsport. The standard drum brakes were retained, albeit with the original lever/rod mechanism replaced by a twin-circuit hydraulic system.

The car last raced in 2006, when it finished third in the Le Mans 100th Anniversary race. Apart from offering good, old-fashioned fun on the road, VSCC eligibility papers and an FIA passport make this Bentley a tempting entry-ticket for historic motorsport. Flying goggles are optional.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionBentley Continental GT V8 S convertible

From the sublime, to the… OK, we’ll admit we’re not fans of Sir Peter Blake’s ‘Pop Art’ Bentley Continental. But as the car is being auctioned for charity (with no reserve), we won’t be unduly critical. All proceeds go to Care2Save, which supports palliative and hospice care around the world.

Sir Peter Blake is most famous for co-creating the sleeve for ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ – the Beatles’ classic 1967 album. His design for the Bentley is similarly bold and bright – its most distinctive feature being a large red heart on the bonnet, said to be ‘a symbol in-keeping with the compassionate work of hospices’.

The car’s literal heart is a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8. It also boasts contrasting seat trim, with Sir Peter’s signature on all four headrests.  The work was completed by Mulliner, Bentley’s specialist bespoke coachbuilding division.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionJenson Interceptor Mark III Convertible

Continuing the rock ‘n’ roll theme is this Jenson Interceptor Mark III Convertible, originally owned by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and estimated at £45,000 – £55,000. The car has covered 50,600 miles from new and, remarkably, has avoided any swimming pools during its 40-year life. Probably for the best – we can’t imagine that hood is especially watertight.

With Italian styling, a British badge and an all-American 6.3-litre V8, the Jenson Interceptor is our kind of hybrid. Only 452 convertibles were made, making this late-model Mark III version very sought-after today.

When John Bonham bought this car, it was white with red leather trim and chromed wire wheels. Today, it looks rather more tasteful in black with a retrimmed black seats. Bonhams reports that one recent owner used it for driving holidays to Scotland with his wife and three children. Grand touring indeed!

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionMaserati 3500 GT coupe

After years of victories on the racetrack, Maserati wanted to establish itself as a maker of fast and luxurious road cars. Its initial salvo was the 3500 GT of 1957, a 2+2 coupe with sleek aluminium bodywork by Carozzeria Touring. This car dates from 1960 and is expected to sell for £180,000 – £220,000.

Recently restored in its original Nero (black) paintwork with Rosso (red) leather interior, this 3500 GT wears iconic Borrani wire wheels over all-round disc brakes – unusual in 1960. The car was delivered in Switzerland as a right-hand-drive model. According to Bonhams, this is ‘presumably for Swiss alpine driving, for which right-hand drive was commonly favoured at that time as it enabled the driver to view the edges of narrow mountain roads more easily.’

Total cost of the restoration was more than £120,000, which starts to make the car look comparatively good value. It’s certainly much cheaper than Ferraris of the same era. Total mileage is 56,300, with just 3,690 miles added over the course of the last eight years.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionFerrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta

Did we mention expensive Ferraris? This 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta has an estimate of £1.6 million – £1.9 million, but looks worth every penny. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful Prancing Horses ever, it’s powered by a 300hp 3.3-litre V12 with no less than six carburettors.

This car was originally owned by Mark Konig, founder of the Nomad racing team. It was fully restored in 1991 – but had an engine rebuild in 2009, at a cost of (gulp!) £37,000. The car has only covered around 1,300 miles since the rebuild.

We’ll leave the final word to Jose Roskinski, writing in Sport Auto in July 1965: ‘’The 275 GTB is… a superlatively vigorous, very agile and quick automobile. Its comfort, the quality of its finish, the original lines of its bodywork all justify its exceptionally high price, for it is an exceptional automobile. It is a thoroughbred, with luxury devoid of excess, and a fiery temperament. ‘

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionAlfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Competition

You’ve seen the hype about the new Alfa Romeo Giulia – now meet the original, valued here at £175,000 – £225,000. Introduced in 1965, the GTA was the racing version of the Giulia Sprint GT. The ‘A’ stood for Alleggerita, or ‘lightened’. It had aluminium body panels and Plexiglass windows.

The GTA enjoyed outstanding success in European Touring Car events during the late 1960s, and this car remains eligible for historic racing. Period accessories include Campagnolo magnesium wheels and a large-capacity fuel tank for endurance events. A modern gel battery provides improved reliability.

Bonhams says the GTA is ‘tremendous fun to drive’ – and we can believe it. A full 200kg lighter than the regular Giulia GT, its twin-cam 1.6-litre engine produces up to 170hp in full race trim. Bet it sounds fantastic, too.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionMGB EX234 prototype

To B or not to B? Is this the car the MGB should have been? The pretty EX234 prototype was designed by Pininfarina and bears a striking resemblance to the Alfa Romeo Duetto (immortalised on film in The Graduate). It’s expected to sell for £35,000 – £45,000.

It might look mildly exotic, but underneath EX234 used BMC’s familiar 1,275cc A-Series engine and gearbox, an Austin Champ rear axle and Hydrolastic suspension. Since leaving the factory, this one-off MG has been owned by a single family, spending many of its years on display at the MG Museum in Cambridgeshire.

Sadly, EX234 never made it into production. The MGB was still selling well in 1965, and BMC was looking towards Triumph as its favoured sports car brand. A shame – even celebrated racing driver John Surtees rated EX234’s handling after driving it at Silverstone.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionJaguar E-Type 3.8-litre coupe

This one needs little introduction. The E-Type regularly tops polls as the best-looking car of all time. Its phallic bonnet, muscular haunches and sleek, tapering tail haven’t dated a day. This 1963 Series 1 Coupe has stayed within the same family since new and is estimated at £60,000 – £80,000.

Bonhams describes the 3.8-litre S1 as ‘the Jaguar E-Type in its earliest and purest form’. With 265hp from a triple-carb engine, it wasn’t just a pretty face either. A 150mph top speed was enough to grab headlines in the early 1960s.

Best of all, the E-Type was much cheaper to buy than equivalent supercars from Italy – and it remains so today, although you still need deep pockets. Reassuringly, this car is said to be: ‘cosmetically very good for its age… with transmission and electrics working properly.’

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionJaguar SS100 3½-litre Roadster

We finish our Goodwood auction round-up with another Jaguar. Or do we? When the SS100 was launched in 1936, it was a product of SS Cars – only the model name was ‘Jaguar’. The subsequent rise of Nazi Germany tarnished the SS name, and William Lyons renamed his company after the big cat in 1943. This 1938 car is estimated to sell for £180,000 – £260,000.

This SS100 has been raced and rallied over the years and Bonhams says the bodywork needs some restoration. The engine block has been swapped for a later Jaguar Mark V item, but the bronze cylinder head is original. The car was resprayed British Racing Green in the late 1960s.

Only 214 cars had been made by the time SS100 production was halted by the outbreak of World War II. Today, much of the appeal of this car for prospective owners comes from its eligibility for historic motorsport. It’s surely a must-have for serious Jaguar collectors, too.