I have been buried in the designing / drafting / fabricating phases of my 200 piece limited edition Meisturwerk Machinen MM-01 production. After 8 months of meticulous labor I completed production of the units and came up for a breath as I changed gears and began beta testing. My beautiful wife, also my biggest fan, recommended we celebrate in style and cross the pond to return home for some much needed r&r. Marrying your best friend has its perks and lucky for me mine shares my passion for motor sports because this vacation was fueled by our desire to cross off an entry from our bucket list…The Goodwood Festival of Speed. Needless to say I was obliged for this transatlantic journey, so we packed our bags, booked our tickets, RSVP’d to the FOS and off we went.
| THE FESTIVAL |
There is no event in the world that will satisfy a petrol heads need for all things motor sport as intimately as the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The FOS annually pays its respects to the most compelling vehicles in the history of motor sport by allowing approximately 200,000 aficionado’s access to the grounds and the worlds most valuable, rare, beautiful & distinguished vehicles in the world. There is no doubt that the ingredients included in the recipe to cook up a Goodwood Festival of Speed are only available here. As it should be for anyone with gasoline running through their veins, it is difficult to focus all of your attention on any individual feature of the Goodwood Festival of Speed for an extended period of time. If you are lucky (early) enough to book a room for the weekend at the Goodwood Hotel and take the serene stroll through the grounds to the gate for the 7AM opening each day….you will be hard pressed to capture every angle offered to you at this monumental event. Maybe the fault rests in my analytical mind but I found it incredibly difficult to stay put at any point on the Festival Map for too long due to the persistent musical exhaust & engine notes projecting from numerous exhibitions throughout the weekend. Boasting about this overwhelming plethora of content can only hint to the tip of the iceberg that is the Goodwood Festival of Speed and you can rest assured that you will within 5 minutes of entering the grounds get your moneys worth for attending whether you live next door or halfway around the globe.
A few of the FOS’s 20th anniversary exhibits & features include :
* The Hillclimb
* Forest Rally Stage
* The Soapbox “Descent” Challenge
* Air Displays from The Red Arrows & other modern aircraft
* The Paddock
* The annual “Central Feature” front lawn sculpture
* Manufacturers Exhibits including BMW, Jaguar, Bentley, Peugeot, Lotus, Audi, Mercedes, Citroen, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen, Etc
* G.A.S – Goodwood Action Sports
* Food & Drink Experiences
* The Blackrock Drivers Club
* 50 Years of the Porsche 911 Display
* Many vendors & manufacturers orbiting the motoring industry
As the Goodwood Festival of Speed progresses each year it also celebrates a marque of the motoring world by way of a breathtaking “Central Feature” sculpture. While previous automakers include Audi in 2009, Alfa-Romeo in 2010, Jaguar in 2011 & Lotus in 2012 we are happy to celebrate Porsche as that mark this year to usher in their celebration of “50 Years of the 911″. This year the front lawn was transformed by a sculpture that showcases three generations of Porsche’s 911 soaring high above the Goodwood Estate taunting photographers to attempt to squeeze it & the estate into one frame. At the apex of the sculpture rests the 1973 2.7 RS, on its left is an original 1963 and to their right is the latest 991 911. This view was one of my most anticipated and was more fulfilling than I had hoped.
| THE CAR PARK – A BLUE RIBBON LOT OF VEHICLES FROM GOODWOOD ATTENDEES |
| THE HILL CLIMB |
The Hillclimb is the Festival of Speed’s principal attraction. This hammer-down 1.16 mile course starts as a sprinting run canopied with trees at the south corner of the estate just before a right turn to throttle past the Goodwood House just before a steep and narrow climb up Estate road torward Goodwood’s equine racecourse. This “Hillclimb” course rises over 300ft from start to finish and continues to challenged the worlds most famed & talented drivers as they push the worlds most valuable & rare cars to their limits only a few feet from where spectators stand. The vehicles in this event are grouped thematically into classes of comparable machinery with the eldest climbing first.
The courses fastest time was set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 1999 and still stands to this day.
If you ever want to experience an event this magical there is only one place in the world that will supply your demand…The Goodwood Festival of Speed.
| THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED “SOAPBOX” DOWNHILL CHALLENGE |
The 20′th anniversary Festival of Speed featured over 25 Soapbox racers showcasing an different, astutely engineered, side of the motoring industry…the motor-less side. These gravity racing rules consisted of : A maximum weight of 165kg (including the driver), a total cost no greater than £1,000 (Rolls Royce’s entry looks as if it more than tripled this mark) and maximum dimensions to be no greater than 170cm long x 75cm wide.
| THE PADDOCK – GOODWOOD’S MOTORSPORT UTOPIA |
If the FOS is “Petrol Head Heaven” (and it is), then the paddock is undoubtedly heaven’s own exclusive “Utopian VIP” section. I felt magnetized and captivated by the ruckus in and around the garages. Here you feel as if you are the Sun only the planets orbiting you take the shape of the vehicles that shaped the world of motor sports as we know it today. The paddock more than satisfies your senses : You can smell, hear, touch, see and if you felt like it even taste the heart & soul of the history of motor sports from any corner of the Goodwood map but those feelings are amplified immensely in the paddocks.
The Goodwood FOS will remain an annual tradition and I will at all cost transport my ALMS M3 across the pond to attack the 2014 hillclimb.