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Back in full force
After two difficult years, the Goodwood Festival of Speed was back in full force in 2022. Now truly a four-day event, the ultimate celebration of speed featured more action than ever before both on and around the famous hill climb. Among the numerous celebrations this year were 50 years of BMW Motorsport, Ferrari's 75th anniversary, 40 years of Group B and Group C, and 30 years of Nigel Mansell's World Championship winning effort. As has become the standard practice during recent editions, the Festival of Speed also featured several world debuts, which included the BMW M3 Touring and Porsche 963 in 2022. Perhaps the most evocative moment was when Wayne Rainey took to the hill with his 1992 World Championship leading Yamaha YZR500. Despite being paralysed from the chest down, the three-time World Champion even managed to do a wheelie off the line during one of the runs.
Our photographers were back at Goodwood for the first time since 2019 and used this renewed acquaintance with the Festival of Speed to capture this 240-shot gallery.

Cartier Style & Luxe
A set fixture during the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the Cartier Style & Luxe Concours d'Elegance. Spread over seven very distinct classes, this year's edition featured anything from early Austin Sevens to a full class of McLaren F1s. The legendary, Gordon Murray designed supercar was introduced 30 years ago this year and the line-up included several important models including an early prototype, Ron Dennis' personal car and 1996 and 1997 press-launch F1 GTRs. As part of the main programme, there were also three additional F1 GTRs that were seen in action every day. Another class of the Cartier Style & Luxe was dedicated to early mid-engined cars, which included a René Bonnet Djet and the unique Buick-engined Elva GT160. A very diverse panel of judges took their time to assess all of the cars. Eventually they picked the unique Bucciali TAV8-32 as the winner. This magnificent front-wheel drive car is a rare survivor of the experimental machines produced by Albert 'Buc' Bucciali.

Ferrari 75th Anniversary
One of the best executed of the many celebrations was that of Ferrari's 75th Anniversary. The Italian manufacturer was represented by formidable line-ups both in the Concours d'Elegance and on the hill. As part of the celebration, Nigel Mansell was reunited with one of the Ferrari Grand Prix cars he drove during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Later in the weekend, he was also back behind the wheel of his 1992 Williams to properly celebrate his World Championship winning effort. The other Ferraris included all of the famous models like the 250 GTO, TR and SWB to name just a few. Impossible to miss was the bright yellow, ex-Ecurie Francorchamps 365 P, which was recently restored after having spent many years in the Maranello Rosso museum. An altogether more delicate but even more impressive machine was Jean-François Decaux his 312 F1. This was the very first Grand Prix fitted with a wing and this was re-installed at the factory during a meticulous restoration.

BMW Motorsport
Taking centre stage this year was the BMW Motorsport department, which was established 50 years ago under the leadership of Jochen Neerpasch. The main sculpture in front of Goodwood House featured four iconic BMW 'M' cars and also the all-new M Hybrid V8, which will be campaigned in all the major endurance races from the 2023 season onwards. On the hill climb, BMW Motorsport was represented by an eclectic mix that included an ex-Alpina Jägermeister 3.0 CSL, the 1990 Spa 24 Hours winning M3 and the V12 LMR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright in 1999. Also on track was one of the BMW-engined Brabhams that Nelson Piquet drove to the World Championship in 1983. It was driven on this occasion by his grandson Pedro. There were also two very distinct versions of the M1 present; the first was a familiar Procar while the other was a much wilder Group 5 machine built by Sauber using a heavily modified chassis and bespoke bodywork.

Further highlights
With so much action on the hill, it is impossible to list all the highlights but the report would not be complete without mentioning just a few more. As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Group C, Porsche wheeled out the second 956 ever built. Now fully restored, it is the 1982 Le Mans winner and spent many years upside down in the Porsche Museum. Damon Hill was re-united with the very BRM P578 from the Collier Automotive Museum that his father had driven to the World Championship in 1962. Perhaps the happiest man of all at Goodwood was Emanuele Pirro, as he was finally back behind the wheel of the McLarens that he had helped develop during the early 1990s.
Another highlight is the annual shoot-out where a selection of cars aim to secure the fastest time of the weekend. Although it was clear from quite early on that this was going to be Max Chilton in the fascinating McMurtry Speirling, his winning run defied the rules of physics. His 39.09 seconds run on Sunday afternoon was a new course record. Also very impressive was Ben Mitchell, who set the third fastest time with a 45-year old BMW-engined March Formula 2 car.

Final thoughts
It was great to be back at Goodwood and with a full capacity crowd. The tens of thousands of visitors were treated to a great show for four full days. As always, the event managed to bring out some of the best machinery and reunite it with their original drivers and riders, all right in front of the spectators. The 30th edition of the Festival of Speed will be held next year and we can not wait to get back to Goodwood to see how this will be celebrated. The one-year wait will no doubt be made a little easier by this action-packed, 240-shot gallery.

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Report by Wouter Melissen and images by Wouter Melissen and Pieter Melissen for Ultimatecarpage.com