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Goodwood Revival 2016

Goodwood Revival 2016: LIVE

Goodwood Revival 2016 is already in full swing: the air is thick with the smell of Castrol R and fighter pilots are mingling with ladies wearing beautiful dresses to the sounds of the 60s.

We can’t give you the Castrol R, the fighter pilots or the beautiful ladies, but we can deliver you the sights and sounds of Goodwood Revival 2016, courtesy of our live feed.

The timetable for the full weekend can be seen here. So sit back, relax and indulge…

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Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview“The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.” If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you probably haven’t got petrol pumping through your veins. Yes, it’s time for the Goodwood Revival, which takes place over the weekend of the 9th to 11th September 2016.

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Held every September since 1998, the Goodwood Revival is said to be the world’s largest historic motor racing and vintage culture event, with 150,000 people attending in period clothing each year. The question is: what can you expect to see in 2016?

Kinrara TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

New for 2016, the Kinrara Trophy is a 60-minute, two-driver race, taking place as the sun goes down on the Friday evening. The grid will be filled with GT cars of a type built before 1963, with Goodwood claiming it’s “the most glamorous addition to the Revival’s entry list since the event began in 1998”. Expect the field to include Ferrari 250 GT SWBs and GTOs, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Jaguar E-Types.

Sir Jack BrabhamGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Also celebrated at the 2016 Goodwood Revival will be the life and career of Sir Jack Brabham. The event coincides with the anniversary of his final world championship win. Brabham was a former Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic who went on to become F1 world champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

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The Goodwood Revival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win, with ‘Life in 66’ featuring a parade of vehicles from the 1960s.

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Meanwhile, 70 years of the bikini will be brought to life “in ways only Goodwood can”. We’re an itsy bitsy teenie weenie bit intrigued by this one.

Barry Sheene Memorial TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Two stars of the Isle of Man TT will be making their debut at the Goodwood Revival, with John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop doing battle in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. The 1950s style races will be in the spirit of the ‘Goodwood Saturday’ meeting in 1951 – the only time motorcycles raced at Goodwood in period.

Riders and driversGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

As usual, you can expect a rich and varied lineup of riders, drivers and celebrities, including F1 stars, sports car legends, touring car heroes and TV stars. Which means everybody from Tiff Needell (pictured) to David Coulthard, and Theo Paphitis to Steve Soper.

St. Mary’s TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

The event organisers are expecting the St. Mary’s Trophy to be the most closely fought race in Goodwood history, with a battle of 30 identical Austin A35s. There will be two races: one for VIPs, the other for owner-drivers. All cars will have the same engine, gearbox, brakes, fuel tank, dampers, front and rear springs, interior and body panels. So it all comes down to driver talent.

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The Goodwood Revival will celebrate BMW’s centenary with a grid of BMW-engined cars competing in the Lavant Cup. Speaking about the race, Lord March said: “… the Lavant Cup will feature a stunning lineup of BMW-engined sports cars of the 1930s-50s”.

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A special selection of classic Aston Martins are set to do battle on the famous West Sussex track, with the highlights including a 1959 DBR1, a 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and a pair of DB3s from 1953 and 1955. The present day is represented by the new Aston Martin DB11.

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The Settrington Cup, in which youngsters do battle in Austin J40s, is likely to be another event highlight. Look out for the pedal-powered racers on Saturday and Sunday.

Freddie March Spirit of AviationGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Now in its tenth year at the Revival, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation celebrates Goodwood’s links with aviation. The concours d’elegance for aircraft built up to 1966 will feature everything from a 1947 de Havilland Chipmunk and a Ryan SCW-145 – the only one of its type still flying outside of the USA.

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If you’re in need of some retail therapy, the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition will include 5,000 items on display across 32 main sections. You’ll find everything from leather briefcases to an atomic cooker. An eclectic mix at the end of the High Street.

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But if that’s not enough, the 2016 Goodwood Revival will take a nostalgic look at the 1966 F1 season which saw the introduction of a new 3-litre formula. ‘Return to Power’ will see a grid of ground-breaking F1 cars taking part in high speed demo runs throughout the weekend. Also look out for the Richmond Trophy, Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, Glover Trophy, Sussex Trophy, Madgwick Cup and Whitsun Trophy.

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New for 2016, Goodwood has partnered with Fanzone to provide a bespoke transport service to and from the Revival. A website has been created to source and book buses, taxis and car-sharing opportunities from selected venues in the south of England. Should avoid lengthy queues on the A27 and the inevitable search for a parking space.

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That said, if you haven’t secured your entry tickets yet, you might be out of luck. General admission tickets are no longer on sale, with only hospitality packages available at the time of writing. These cost upwards of £295. Grandstand passes are also close to sell out.

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But don’t worry, because the Goodwood Revival will be streamed via its website, with regular updates on social media. It’s the next best thing to being there, but if you want to feel closer to the action, you could always hunt down some period clothing from your local charity shop. Sorted.

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Unfortunately, if you’re sat at your kitchen table, iPad in hand, you won’t be eligible for Best Dressed Competition, which is held on each day of the Revival. Judges award prizes for the most glamorous and authentic outfits. Time to break out your miniskirt and eyeliner?

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We’ll be there to bring you the latest news from the 2016 Goodwood Revival, so stay tuned for our review gallery. We’ll bring you everything from the historic car races to fish finger and Walls ices! Yes, really.

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We’ll leave the last word to Rowan Atkinson, who, when describing the Goodwood Revival, said: “It’s like a period painting or black-and-white photograph brought wonderfully to life.” Quite.

Michelin Showstopper Trophy

How we helped decide the most showstopping supercar of 2016

Michelin Showstopper TrophyThe Goodwood Festival of Speed is, by its very nature, a mecca for supercar fans. It’s more noteworthy if you spot a machine that isn’t a supercar; they pack out Lord March’s garden for four days a year in all shapes, sizes, ages and provenances.

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The Michelin Supercar Paddock is a particular hotspot for supercar lovers. This is where car manufactures show off their latest and most super supercars. Like some sort of decadent urban sprawl, it grows every year. And the 2016 FOS Supercar Paddock was no exception.

But Michelin didn’t want to just show them all off. It wanted to create a bit of competition among all the supercars. Enter, for the first time, the new Michelin Showstopper Trophy, celebrating the best of all the supercars on show.

The first bit is simple: each day, a crowd ‘cheerometer’ picks out the best car of the day across Goodwood’s three days. Those who can’t visit can vote via Facebook. This creates a shortlist of six cars, which is presented to six judges who, on the Sunday afternoon of the FOS, have to decide the overall Showstopper winner.

I was one of those judges. And so, onto the cars.

Car 1: Koenigsegg One:1

Koenigsegg One1

First up was the ridiculous Koenigsegg One:1. That’s one horsepower for every kilogram of weight. It has a megawatt of power in total and only six were built and sold to customers (this car, the seventh, is Koenigsegg’s own development car). Rare as hen’s teeth isn’t the half of it.

Total power is 1,361hp and the ultra-mean styling leaves you in no doubt this thing is viciously, wickedly fast. It’s an exciting car to look at, given its function-over-form visuals, and the sheer fact it’s so rare and powerful adds serious kudos.

But is it a true beauty that will stop people in their tracks and make them gawp? Does it pack the venomous exhaust note that will rattle windows three streets away? Do enough people know what it is to be sufficiently wowed by it? With these questions in mind, it was onto the next car.

Car 2: Singer Porsche 911 recreation

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A bigger contrast between the so-pretty Singer and the hard-nosed Koenigsegg is hard to imagine. This immaculate car – bought by a customer in Newcastle, and accordingly so named – certainly had people swooning as it sauntered onto stage.

It’s a 4.0-litre car, with around 400hp, which will ensure this lightweight original 911 is not short on performance (we’d be happy with a flat-six half the size). Singer’s also developed the chassis to cope – you can tell that by the stance and attitude it has.

But while everyone loves it, this is perhaps not a conventional show-stopping supercar. It’s pretty and gorgeous, but something you gently fall in love with rather than instantly and passionately lust after. Which takes us onto the next contender.

Car 3: Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

This Ferrari 458 Speciale is a one-off. Dubbed MM, it’s been built for a customer who felt the mighty Speciale wasn’t quiet special enough for him. So he invested an absolute fortune in commissioning Ferrari to create his own bespoke edition.

If I was to tell you this car has unique alloy wheels, whose homologation the customer had to finance and likely cost him a cool half-a-million quid for the privilege, you’ll have an idea of just how much of a one-off this car is. Certainly, it’s money-no-object, like all the best showstopping supercars.

Many in the crowd fell in love with it. Thing is, this is one owner’s personal car, rather than a ‘series’ model. It’s hard to dream enthusiastically about something that you literally wouldn’t be able to buy even if your lottery numbers did come up. The best showstoppers, see, are always seeded with a trace of ‘what if’, no matter now implausible…

Car 4: Noble M600 Speedster

Noble M600 Speedster

The Noble M600 made a welcome entrance onto the stage. Noble has been building the M600 for the past few years, of course, but hasn’t made a big fuss up to now. Rather, it’s been concentrating on getting production methods spot-on and honing the Noble into a viable ‘British Ferrari 488’.

The Leicestershire firm’s now happy with where it’s at, so took the opportunity at Goodwood FOS 2016 of launching a new iteration, the M600 Speedster. Its central open roof section helped show off a very elegant colour combination and this package certainly seemed to impress the crowd.

There might have been a bit of post-Brexit patriotism in this, mind. Can the familiar Noble M600 still genuinely stop the show as a supercar standout? As the judges mused, the next car rolled up…

Car 5: Mercedes-AMG GT R

Mercedes-AMG GT R

We say rolled up. Rather, roared up, loudly and ground-rumblingly. The GT-R revealed by Lewis Hamilton on the Friday of Goodwood FOS 2016 is extraordinarily vocal. And if you somehow miss the noise, you can’t fail to miss the colour. Lurid matte metallic green of the most nuclear shade; be in no doubt, this is a bona fide showstopper contender.

It produces 585hp and will do well over 200mph, but the really clever stuff is beneath the surface. Developed to monster the Nürburgring (hence the colour…), it has exotic tech and developments aplenty to make it a likely driver’s dream.

Things were close. This amazing Mercedes-AMG seemed to have the crowds whipped up and ready to cheer. There was just one more car to come onto stage for the judges to see and the crowd to drool over (OK, and for the judges to drool over).

Car 6: Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin Vulcan

And there it was, the monstrous limited-to-24, track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. All 800hp of seemingly unrestricted V12, humungous width and the sort of aero overload you only normally see on a World Endurance Championship sportscar racer. It looked absolutely brilliant.

And it sounded out of this world. Even with restrictions in place, the Vulcan arks out more than 100dB of exhaust noise. Take them all out and it’s too loud for almost every major racetrack in the country. The test driver revved it as it came onto stage: the crowd was deafened and small boys jumped with joy. Or shock. Or both.

The fact it’s a track-only supercar had some of the judges raising a slight eyebrow. Others wondered about the multi-million-pound price, when cars such as the Singer cost so much less. While bold beyond belief, it’s also not a supercar beauty like the Ferrari. But as the judges cast their votes, the crowd was in no doubt which was the favourite.

The showstopper supercar winner

Michelin Showstopper Trophy

When the votes were totted up, it turned out we had a three-way tie. The Ferrari, Koenigsegg and Aston Martin had all scored two votes apiece (my vote went, of course, for the Vulcan).

This was a bit awkward. Would we have to do another round? Then the man from Michelin pointed out the rules of the new Showstopper Trophy. In the case of a tie, the Facebook vote would decide things. And which car had racked up more votes than all the others put together? It could only be one car…

And that’s how the Aston Martin Vulcan claimed the inaugural Michelin Showstopper Trophy at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.

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.

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Six classic cars we’d like to take home from Goodwood Festival of Speed

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is underway – and it really is a petrolhead’s paradise. From a paddock full of supercars to the latest Tesla Model X, not to mention historic race cars running up the hill, there’s something here for everyone.

For those of us who appreciate classic cars, you have to look a little harder – but search, and you will find. Here are six classic cars that caught our attention.

BMW M1

BMW M1

BMW’s centenary is being celebrated at this year’s Festival of Speed, with the main structure in front of Goodwood House featuring a 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR, a BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster and the 1983 Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52 Formula One car.

As you can imagine, there’s no shortage of classic cars from Bavaria on display at Goodwood this year. One that caught our eye is this stunning BMW M1 from the firm’s heritage fleet. A rare mid-engined BMW production car (alongside the modern i8), the M1 was styled by Giugiaro and was a genuine useable supercar.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

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Not to be outdone by BMW, Mercedes-Benz has a huge stand at Goodwood this year. In pride of place is this, a W198 300 SL roadster.

We’re more used to seeing 300 SLs in two-seat coupé form, with its distinctive gull-wing doors. The roadster has more conventional doors, but isn’t any less eye-catching, especially in this unusual orange colour.

Lotus Carlton

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Vauxhall’s really pushing its heritage at Goodwood – from a 1903 veteran car to a line-up of every generation of Astra. Picking just one we’d like to drive way has proved very difficult, but we think we’ve managed.

It is, of course, the 177mph Lotus Carlton. When it was sold in the early 90s it proved to be controversial – with some calling for it to be banned. Who needs a four-door family saloon capable of nearly 180mph?

One gang of criminals fuelled the controversy by using a Lotus Carlton as a getaway car for a series of hit-and-run raids. “We simply haven’t been able to get near the thing and it looks unlikely that we ever will,” one policeman said at the time. “Our urban panda cars can only go at 90mph, but we also have a policy of not getting involved in chases. If we did that, the thieves could kill themselves or someone else.”

Citroen 2CV

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This near-mint Citroen 2CV Charleston wasn’t on the manufacturer’s stand, but on that of an independent 2CV specialist.

We’ve all heard the story of the 2CV – an affordable car, within the reach of French farmers and capable of carrying eggs across a ploughed field without breaking them.

Originally intended at a short-running special edition in 1980, the Charleston proved to be such a success it was incorporated into the regular model range. This example is a very late Charleston, from 1990, and was restored in 2009. If you like what you see, it could be yours. It’s advertised for a very reasonable £12,450…

Volkswagen Golf

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We could have picked a tidy, original Golf off Volkswagen’s stand, but this rather modified example caught our attention on the stand of car care company Meguiars. Launched in 1974, the Golf was groundbreaking – a front-drive hatch and successor to the ancient Beetle.

Like many Volkswagens of the era, the original Golf now has a serious following of enthusiasts – many of whom like to modify them to their own tastes. This 1982 example appears to be freshly restored.

Citroen SM

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Yes, two Citroens, but could the 2CV and SM be more different? In production for just five years in the early 70s, the SM was what the future looked like back then. And it was exciting.

Created with input from Maserati (Citroen owned the firm at the time), the SM matched clever suspension fine-tuned in the revolutionary DS with an Italian V6 engine.

It sold in small numbers – not helped by a reputation for temperamental mechanics and an expensive price tag, before being axed when Citroen was taken over by Peugeot in the mid-70s. Today, it remains a brave proposition for enthusiasts – but bite the bullet, and you’ll be rewarded with an exceptionally cool classic car.

A Jaguar F-Pace has fallen over at Goodwood Festival of Speed

A Jaguar F-Pace has fallen over at Goodwood Festival of Speed

A Jaguar F-Pace has fallen over at Goodwood Festival of Speed

A professional stunt driver has been left red-faced after a stunt in front of thousands of people at the Goodwood Festival of Speed went wrong – leaving a Jaguar F-Pace sitting on its side.

Details are sketchy, but it’s thought the Jaguar F-Pace was being driven on two wheels up the hill at low speed before the driver lost balance and the SUV tumbled over.

Behind the wheel was professional stunt driver Terry Grant – the man previously responsible for breaking a Guinness World Record when the F-Pace was first revealed last year.

The idea was set…

…And all it looked great.

But then it all went wrong…

Fortunately no one was hurt.

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?

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016If you can guarantee one thing about the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s a plentiful supply of supercars. We’ve been mooching about in the mud to bring you the most exotic cars on display. We’ll be updating this gallery throughout the weekend.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Bugatti Chiron

Storms are forecast over the coming days, but the Bugatti Chiron has enough power and presence to create its own thunder and lightning. Indeed, this 1,500hp, 8-litre supermegahypercar is likely to be one of the stars of this year’s event. Move over, Thor, this is the new god of thunder.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Countach

From a supercar of the future to what is arguably the definitive supercar of the 70s and 80s. This early Countach LP400 showcases the iconic styling as Marcello Gandini and Nuccio Bertone intended. It all got a bit Dallas and Dynasty in later life, but it remains the poster child of the supercar world.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Diablo

From an early Countach to an early Diablo. Following an icon was always going to be tough, but the Diablo will go down in history as the first Lamborghini road car to top 200mph. The Diablo (purple) reigned supreme throughout the 1990s.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 918 Spyder

If the Countach and Diablo are the ghosts of supercar past, the Porsche 918 Spyder represents the present and the future. The plug-in hybrid can sprint to 62mph in just 2.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 214mph. Even in electric mode, the top speed is 93mph. Electric shock!

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016McLaren F1 GTR

This is the actual McLaren F1 GTR that finished ninth at the 1996 Le Mans 24 Hours race. The Gulf Racing Macca was driven by Ray Bellm, James Weaver and JJ Lehto. Sadly, the authentic flies and other assorted insects were washed away years ago.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Vauxhall SRV

Wait, Vauxhall doesn’t build supercars, does it? Well, no, but back in 1970s, while Vauxhall was churning out the likes of the Viva, Cresta and Victor, the company turned to Wayne Cherry and Chris Field to raise its profile. The result was the Le Mans-like SRV (Styling Research Vehicle). Paint it pink and it might suit the Pink Panther.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lancia Stratos

Perhaps not a supercar in the purest sense, but it has all the necessary ingredients. The Lancia Stratos was designed by Marcello Gandini, produced in small numbers and was a bit lacking in creature comforts. But it won the World Rally Championship on three occasions and deep pockets are required if you fancy owning one.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 911 Turbo S

And speaking of deep pockets – just the small matter of £145,773 is required for the Porsche 911 Turbo S. In return for lacing its palm with coins, Porsche will deliver a firecracker of a 911, with 580hp, a top speed of 205mph and 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds (with a little help from launch control).

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Audi R8 V10

Alternatively, you could own the 911’s arch nemesis. The new Audi R8 V10 costs from £119,520 in ‘standard’ guise, or £134,520 in the more powerful ‘Plus’ trim. For your extra £15,000, help yourself to 610hp from the 5.2-litre engine, which is 70hp more than the ‘peasant’ version.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Fancy hearing the full force of that Audi 5.2-litre V10 engine with the wind in your hair? The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder is the car for you. This topless Italian will rock you like a Huracan all the way to a top speed of 201mph.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari F12tdf

You’ll have seen Chris Harris thoroughly enjoying himself behind the wheel of the Ferrari F12tdf on Top Gear. The Fezza pays homage to the the Tour de France road race and the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta. Just 499 will be built.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Aston Martin Rapide S

If the F12tdf is a little too hardcore, the Aston Martin Rapide S is anything but. Can a four-door family car be classed as a sports car? If the 203mph Rapide S is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding ‘probably’.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Jarama

We wind the clock back to the early 70s to bring you this rarity – the sublime Lamborghini Jarama. Once again, you can thank the pen of Marcello Gandini for what is essentially a Mk2 Islero. A mere 328 units were built, 152 of which were the more powerful Jarama S. The upgraded S offered 365hp – 15hp more than the original car of 1970.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Renaultsport R.S. 01

The Renaultsport R.S. 01 features a carbon monocoque for a weight of less than 1,100kg, can develop 500hp and reach a top speed of 186mph. Sadly, it’s a one-off. We’ll just have to console ourselves with the Twingo GT.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Nissan GT-R Nismo

You might not recognise this without a cloud of tyre smoke. The Nissan GT-R Nismo broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest drift, achieving a top speed of 189.49mph at Fujairah International Airport.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Honda NSX

The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed represents the first time the public can get up close and personal with the new Honda NSX. It has a lot to live up to, as the original is an iconic and much-loved supercar.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Honda NSX

The Honda NSX was given a facelift at the end of 2001, with the pop-up headlights replaced with fixed xenon units. This 2005 car is owned by Honda UK and is finished in Imola Orange. The question is: do you prefer the pop-ups or the fixed headlights?

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 718 Boxster S

We think somebody has parked this Porsche 718 Boxster S in the wrong space. It most certainly isn’t a 911 R. If you happen to see the missing £136,901 rarity, do let Porsche GB know of its whereabouts…

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Aston Martin Vantage GT8

So this is it: the lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever produced. Aston Martin has squeezed an extra 10hp from the 4.7-litre V8 engine to provide a total output of 446hp, shedding weight in the process. The result is a top speed of 190mph and a price tag of £165,000.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Avio

You’ve gotta love an aeronautical-inspired livery. A mere 250 Huracan LP610-4 Avios will be produced and customers can choose from five new colours – Grigio Falco, Blu Grifo, Grigio Nibbio, Grigio Vulcano and Verde Turbine. Note the L63 decal, which stands for Lamborghini and the year the company was founded (1963).

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

Feast your eyes on the one-off Ferrari 458 MM Speciale. As the name suggests, it’s based on the 458 Speciale, but it was created for a British owner, who just happened to fancy a ‘visor’ effect for the glasshouse. The black A-pillar is said to be reminiscent of the 1984 Ferrari GTO.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016KTM X-Bow GT4

When the majority of carmakers go racing, they strip their cars to the bare bones. Not KTM. To create the GT4 version of its X-Box track car, it needed to add bodywork. It’s designed to go head-to-head with the likes of the BMW M3 and Lotus Evora in GT4 racing.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari California T

This is a 2016 Ferrari California T with added Handling Speciale pack. It’s a £5,568 option and features stiffer springs, revised adaptive dampers, tweaks to the traction control and a louder exhaust. Power remains the same as the standard car, with its 3.9-litre V8 developing 560hp and 557lb ft of torque.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lexus LFA

It never gets old, does it? Jeremy Clarkson, formerly of the parish of Top Gear, claims it is the best car he has driven. Which makes it superior to a Vauxhall Vectra. Praise indeed. We’ll bring you more supercars over the coming days.

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.