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Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood, 11 – 13 July 2008

Excess all areas! – The 2008 running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed lived up to the reputation built up through the previous fifteen gatherings, with an enormous selection of attractions to thrill the petrol head. Virtually every type of two and four wheel motor sport is covered, then there is the Cartier Style et Luxe concours, the various manufacturers displays, the trade area, the cricket pitch dragster display, whilst even the kids are made to feel welcome with the Junior Festival of Speed area, together with the Wacky Racers, which are equally enjoyable to adults. The entertainment is not limited to the ground, as on the Saturday the whisper quiet new Airbus A380 flew over, and displayed its capabilities at low altitude, then on Sunday the Red Arrows gave their always spectacular aerobatic display.

Themes – Each year there are themes to the event, together with anniversaries to be celebrated, and of course what has now become a tradition, the sculpture in front of the house. The theme this year was “Hawthorn to Hamilton – Britain’s Love Affair with World Motor Sport” celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mike Hawthorn becoming Britain’s first F1 World Champion Driver. On the anniversary front, a massive steel girder structure commemorated the 60th anniversary of land Rover, this stretched so high skyward that it had an aviation warning beacon on it! Other 60th anniversaries were the first post-war British Motor Show in 1948 and Porsche. Golden anniversaries were Lola Cars, Cosworth Engineering and the British Touring Car Championship, whilst the event also recognised centenaries of the Model T Ford and the birth of Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, with a display of the cars used in the films, complete with “Bond” girls. For all these anniversaries there were either displays or demonstration runs up the hill. On a more sombre note, the festival also recognised the achievements of Britain’s first World Rally Champion, the late Colin Mcrae, who died in a helicopter accident in September 2007, with a display of the cars that he drove during his career. At the wish of his family all charity proceeds raised at the event will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for youngsters fighting life threatening illnesses.

Two Wheels – The motorcycle fraternity was well represented with a wide selection of both classic and modern bikes, including John Reynolds on his 2004 BSB Championship winning Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000, Jamie Whitham on a KTM Superduke 990R, and Terry Rymer on a Loctite Yamaha OW01 with which he won the BSB Championship in 1990, whilst classics included a 1925 Brough Superior and a supercharged 1939 DKW 350SS. Other riders in attendance reads like a “who’s who” of the motorcycle world, Jim Redman, Leon Haslam, James Hayden, Michael Rutter, Mick Doohan, Alex Barros, Troy Corser and Carl Fogarty to name but a few. However, the star on two wheels was none of these, despite the rubber they burned and the wheelies that they pulled, it was Dougie Lampkin, who treated everybody to some spectacular stunt riding. This included riding through Goodwood House, yes, through the house, on the polished floors and plush carpets, climbing the stairs to exit onto the roof where he rode along pulling wheelies and standing it on its front wheel, not for the faint hearted!

Formula 1 – Every year the event is supported by a number of F1 teams, and this year there were six teams in attendance, BMW Sauber, Ferrari, Honda, McLaren, Red Bull and Toyota, plus the FV10 team of Cars International, with a 2003 Jordan E13 and a 2004 Jaguar R5, the former being driven by car owner Andrew Tate, and the latter by ex F3 Champion and test driver Marc Hynes and ex-F1 driver Johnny Herbert. The F1 team driving duties were as follows, BMW Sauber had Marco Asmer and Christian Kline, Ferrari had Marc Gené, Honda had Jenson Button and Alexander Wurz, McLaren had Lewis Hamilton and Pedro de la Rosa, Red Bull had Sebastian Buemi, and Toyota had Kamui Kobayashi, the latter two doing some spectacular “doughnuts” for the appreciative crowd. There was also a display of historic McLaren F1 cars in the paddock, together with a wide variety of historic F1 cars in attendance. There were also some great pre-war single seaters, including the re-creation of the mid-engine 1938 Auto Union Type D, which was driven by Nick Mason. Unsurprisingly the big attraction for the British fans was the appearance of Lewis Hamilton, who appeared on the Sunday, and was interviewed on the balcony of Goodwood House by radio and TV personality Chris Evans, while the appreciative crowd thronged around the sculpture on the lawn to capture his every word. A nice touch here was that Champagne was served to the crowd, so that they could toast him at the end of the presentation, which must have emptied a few magnums of Verve Cliquot!

I started with “Excess All Areas”, and that is certainly the case, there is so much to see and do, people to meet, ambience to enjoy, the Bonham’s auction, the Cartier Style et Luxe concours, not forgetting a scout around the trade area, so that even after three days solid you still haven’t seen everything.

David O’Neill


Ferrari Participants


Colour Chassis # Entrant

248 F1

Rosso Scuderia 253 Scuderia Ferrari

F1 2007

Rosso Met’ 262 Scuderia Ferrari


Red 0482 Alexander Boswell

246 Dino F1 Recon’

Red 0006/R2 Duncan Hamilton & Co Ltd

312 F1

Red 0007 Jean-Francois Decaux

246 Dino Tasman

Red 0010 S. & D. Mason-Styrron

312 B2 F1

Red 005 Speedmaster Ltd

312 B3 “Spazzaneve”

Red 009 Lorenzo Prandina

F93 A F1

Red-White 146 Adam Reece

412 T2 F1

Red 162 Klaas Zwart

340/375 MM PF Berl’

Dark Red 0320 AM Sir Paul Vestey

250 Testa Rossa

Red 0704 TR Eric Heerema

512 M

Red-White/Blue Stripes 1022 Adrian Newey

599 GTB Fiorano

Silver 153124 Ferrari GB Ltd

612 Scaglietti “India”

Dark Red-Cream 155221 Ferrari GB Ltd

430 Scuderia

Red-Grey Stripes 159393 Ferrari GB Ltd

Concours Field

250 GT California Sp.

Black 2377 GT Chris Evans

250 GT SWB Berl’ *

Red 3401 GT Chris Evans

250 GT Lusso

Brown 4891 GT David Moores

* = Sunday only.

Keith Bluemel


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