2015-06-30: 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed report and 340-shot gallery ...
2015-06-25: Final 2015 Festival of Speed preview ...
Over the weekend, a record crowd visited the sun-soaked Goodwood estate in the South of England for the 23rd annual Festival of Speed
. The annual high octane garden party once again brought out the best classic, modern and competition cars, which were shown and/or driven up the 1.1-mile hill climb in front of the Goodwood House. The featured marque was Mazda, marked with a massive rotary engine inspired Gerry Judah statue, while among the many anniversary celebrated were the 60th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (with seven of the eight existing cars in attendance), 60 years of Alpine and the Chevron's 50th anniversary. Local lad Derek Bell's fabulous career was marked as well with a separate class that underlined the wide variety of machines he raced. Further highlights included the first public appearance of the fire-breathing Fiat S.76, the Michelin Supercar Run and the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d'Elegance. Valentino Rossi made his Festival of Speed debut and was welcomed by a very enthusiastic crowd. Complementing the action on the hill was the traditional Bonhams sale. The headlines of the successful auction were grabbed by the Aston Martin Ulster Team Car (GBP 2.9 million) and the Sir Stirling Moss consigned Porsche 718 RS 61 (GBP 1.9 million).
Our photographers were at Goodwood for four days to capture all the highlights in full detail. The result of their labour is this comprehensive report
, illustrated by a mouth-watering 340-shot gallery
In the coming weeks and months, you can expect many features showcasing the highlights in more detail.
2015-06-24: Bonhams Goodwood FoS sale preview and new Aston Martin DB9 GT ...
Tomorrow, the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed will kick off. Today was the Moving Motor Show, which allowed us to get a first look of what is to come. What certainly captured our eye is one of just three McLaren F1 GTs
. This car was commissioned by a Japanese collector and is one of just two delivered to a customer. Rarely seen, chassis 58F1GT
was loaned to McLaren by the owner and will be on display on their stand throughout the weekend. There should be at least three more McLaren F1s on the ground.
An even more impressive sight was a line-up of seven of the surviving eight Mercedes-Benz 300 SLRs
. Among them are both Uhlenhaut Coupes
, one of which will be driven up the hill over the weekend.
One of the special classes this year is for low budget Formula 1 efforts. Among the most promising of these was the Lec CRP1
of which both examples built are seen together in public for the first time ever.
Also very highly anticipated will be the Fiat S.76
, better known as 'The Beast of Turin'. It was a non-runner last year but should roar up the hill this year.
As always, we will capture every detail for our detailed report about this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, which will be ready early next week.
2015-06-22: Mazda Monday with Goodwood Festival of Speed preview ...
One of the star attractions at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed is the annual Bonhams Sale
. Due to cross to the block on Friday is an eclectic mix of sports cars. One of the absolute highlights is a proper Aston Martin Ulster
Team Car. Powered by a high-performance 1.5-litre engine, it was named in honour of a 1-2-3 class victory in the Ulster Tourist Trophy at Dundrod. In addition to seven Team Cars run by the factory, Aston Martin built a further 21 replicas for the company's customers to race. In addition to the Team Car on offer at Goodwood, we have added five other examples
, including a further four team cars, which are pictured in this 63-shot gallery
An altogether more modern machine consigned is one of just six CLK-GTR Roadsters
. These machines were built on special order by HWA using spare chassis from the CLK-GTR project. The example offered by Bonhams was retained by Mercedes-Benz until very recently and has only covered 8 delivery kilometres. The rare Roadster
has a pre-sale estimate of GBP 1.4 - 1.8 million.
In addition to the Aston Martins in the auction, the Festival of Speed will also feature several modern and classic Astons Martins. Among them is the all-new DB9 GT
, which will make its world debut on the hill. Compared to the existing DB9, the GT features an uprated, 540 bhp V12 and a substantially updated interior equipment. In addition to the DB9 GT Coupe
, a Volante version will also be available.
2015-06-19: Ferrari Friday with 312 PB and early sports cars ...
At this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed Mazda will be one of the featured marques. To mark the occasion, the Japanese manufacturer has assembled a spectacular line-up of the company's rotary engined sports racers. The headlining machine is undoubtedly the Mazda 787B
, which scored the only outright victory for a Japanese car maker at Le Mans back in 1991. The victory for the howling Nigel Stroud designed Group C racer was many years in the making and was the result of a perfectly executed preparation and strategy. We already captured the 787B
at several earlier outings as can be seen in this 45-shot gallery
The very first of the Nigel Stroud designed Mazdas was the 757
, which debuted in 1986. Powered by a three-rotor engine, it won its class at Le Mans in 1987 and 1988. Our detailed article
depicts the 1988 IMSA class winner, which is also expected at Goodwood.
Mazda's North American arm will bring over several of its cars, which are kept in full running order and are a regular sight at the Monterey Motorsports at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The most successful of these is the purpose-built RX-7 GTO
. Powered by a four-rotor engine, this Lee Dykstra designed machine won the IMSA GTO Championship in 1991. The fire-spitting RX-7 GTO
was also raced at Le Mans in 1994, where it placed second in class. After the successful 1991 season, Mazda stepped up to the GTP class with the RX-792P
. The car was raced in the 1992 and 1993 season but ultimately failed to score an outright victory. The RX-792P
is also a regular in the Motorsports Reunion where it has been raced every edition since 2009.
The sight and particularly the sound of these howling machines can really only be experienced in person. To do so, you can still pick up tickets for the Thursday and Friday at the Goodwood website
. On Friday, visitors will also be treated to an appearance of 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikonen.
To round off the week, we today take a look at four Ferrari sports cars of which we saw some fabulous examples during the past couple of events we visited.
Arguably the most spectacular is the Ferrari 312 PB
, which was developed during the early 1970s for the World Sports Car championship. Effectively an F1 car with all-enveloping body, the flat-12 engined machine proved very successful in sprint events. Ferrari won the World Championship in 1972 and along the way clinched victories in the Sebring 12 Hours and Targa Florio. Following the team's withdrawal at the end of 1973, the 312 PB remains the last sports racer fielded by the Scuderia Ferrari. Over the years, we have seen six different examples
of this phenomenal machine, which are pictured in this 96-shot gallery
One of Ferrari's first successful sports racers was the 166 MM Touring Barchetta
. Powered by a two-litre V12, it scored a breakthrough victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949. Among the 16 examples
we now feature is the actual Le Mans winning car. The most recent addition to our 148-shot gallery
, however, is the penultimate example, which was originally built for Gianni Agnelli and starred at last month's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
The same V12 engine, with a slightly larger displacement powered this 212 Inter Ghia Coupe
, which won best of show at the Modena Trackdays
. That particular car has literally come full circle as it is today in the collection of the son of the original owner.
For 1952, the V12 grew further in size for the Ferrari 225 S
, which was campaigned by Ferrari customers with great success. Among the most prominent results was a victory in the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix, which was run for sports cars that year.