Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series demonstrated the most appropriate way to leave the start line
Lewis Hamilton took centre stage on Saturday – and didn't disappoint his fans
Alain Prost's achievements were highlighted with a parade of cars from his career
Emerson Fittipaldi may have aged, but the broad sideburns and long smile are still evident
New Jaguar F-type took to the circuit in 3.0-litre supercharged V6 flavour
In between runs the Jaguar F-type prototype was being secreted in a container
A paddock of supercars waiting patiently to be unleashed onto the legendary track
A marching band was just one of the many sideshows to the track action
Making its debut at the GFoS was the revised McLaren MP4-12C. It was piloted by F1 star Jenson Button on Saturday
This Shelby GT500 was shipped over to Goodwood for its UK debut
Stirling Moss may be 82, but that didn't stop him driving at Goodwood this weekend
With its supercharged 5.8-litre V8, the GT500 is a punishing beast – as this overzealous driver testified
The infamous Silk Cut Jag is a Goodwood show star and stormed up the track in front of crowds of admiring onlookers
Making its UK debut was this camouflaged Renault Clio Sport prototype
With the action on the famous hillclimb underway, Lotus took centre stage as the featured marque
This Renault 5 Maxi Turbo impressed crowds lining the hill thanks to its 350bhp
This Ferrari 458 Spider will soon have a rival in the McLaren MP4-12C Spider
The GT MF5 is the latest BMW-engined sports car from the retro German firm
The Supercar Run was as packed - as ever - with new models, including several world debuts
Friday's action began in cold and damp conditions
In honour of McLaren's revisions to its MP4-12C, a smokey getaway was on the cards
While smoking's not usually condoned, the GFoS crowds were more than happy with this NASCAR's efforts
McLaren's MP4 had been adorned with a Union Flag vinyl wrap for the weekend
The hillclimb action was packed with everything from classic racers to contemporary supercars
Jaguar was the star draw at Goodwood last year, and had a strong presence at this year's Festival, too
This historic Fiat S74 from 1911 took to the hill. It won the US grand prix in 1912
The Jaguar XK120 was followed up the hill by a classic C-type
The Infiniti Emerg-E was driven up by Red Bull driver Mark Webber. It was the first time it's ever been seen in action
Another shot of the Jaguar C-type as it hurtled elegantly down the start/finish straight
This brash Trophy Truck is powered by a huge 8.2-litre V8, which produces 850bhp. You could certainly hear it coming
Not to be upstaged was this 2010 Red Bull F1 racer driven by Sebastien Vettel. The exhaust note alone was something to behold
A 600bhp 1937 Mercedes W125 storming the circuit. The 5.6-litre supercharged racer was driven to victory by Dick Seaman
The stunning sculpture in tribute to Lotus provided an appropriate backdrop
Among the classics was this 1.5-litre V8-powered F1 car from the 1960s
A Toyota Camry rally car burned up the asphalt and cloaked the crowds in smoke
BMW's new M6 coupe was put through its paces. Powered by the same turbocharged unit you'll find in the M5, progress was swift
The iconic Audi Sport Quattro is always a favourite at the event. The car took Stig Blomqvist to victory in 1984
Race cars weren't the only attraction. This Pikes Peak 16-litre truck was a force to be reckoned with on track
No event would be complete without a high speed run courtesy of a high-revving Ferrari 458 Italia
Passenger rides in the Skoda S2000 rally car were available for a lucky few
The Ferrari California HS 4.2 V8 is the Prancing Horse's updated California model that costs over £150k
Despite not finishing this year's gruelling Le Mans race, this Toyota TS030 HV-R racer showed real pace up the hill...
... as did Audi's entry, which has dominated Le Mans for the last few years
Not to be outdone, Mercedes' presence was strong, as demonstrated by this CLK GTR, which won the GT Championship in 1997
This Lola-Drayson electric LMP-style racer features regenerative dampers, wireless charging and 850bhp
Here, the 1995 Le Mans-winning McLaren-BMW F1 GTR showed off on the famous hill
Designed to celebrate 50 years of the original Renault Alpine A110, this stunning concept took to the track
This Chevrolet Camaro SS hurtled down the track accompanied by a pleasing V8 rumble
This open-top Lancia LC1 ran alongside the group C racers in 1982. Despite its 1.4-litre unit, it's devastatingly quick...
...but no match for the Porsche 956, which dominated the series between 1982 and 1984
Seeing millions of pounds worth of cars was a sight to behold - as these showgoers would testify
This stunning Ferrari 312 looked as steady as it did in 1968 when it won a rain-soaked Rouen GP
The 1184bhp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport drew a crowd...
...as did the Lamborghini Aventador. While not as quick as the Bugatti, it's no slouch; it'll hit 217mph
The Pagani Zonda R made its debut at the FoS
This Alfa Romeo 1993 DTM challenger eyed the start line before blast off
Not all of the action happened on four (or indeed six) wheels. This picture was taken just before a 100-metre long wheelie
Being the passenger in one of these sidecar racers requires agility and nerves of steel
Noble's brutal M600 was bathed in camera flashes. The £200k supercar is devastatingly fast
Showgoers young and old waited for the next supercar instalment with cameras at the ready
The Nissan Juke R was another crowd pleaser. Underneath its skin lie the internals of the Nissan GT-R
The Pagani Zonda R blasted past crowds with this year's Festival statue standing proud in the backround
The Lexus LFA was one of the most expensive cars to grace the hill circuit asphalt
Action wasn't confined to the hill, with the rally stage in particular seeing some spectacular action
Aston Martin had a strong presence at the GFoS and ferried passengers up the iconic hill to admiring glances
Former kart racer Carolynn Hoy led a tribute to 'Mr Karting', Martin Hines
The single-seat BAC Mono has become well known since its first appearance at the event last year
Subaru's BRZ was another crowd favourite and has recently gone on UK sale
The Lamborghini Aventador offered as much drama as you'd have found at the FoS
Nothing beats the rumble of Merc's thunderous V8 in a drop-top SLS
As ever, Goodwood allowed the fans as close as possible to the participating machinery
A Bentley Continental provided a swift, yet opulent way to hurtle up or down the track
Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal were among the BTCC stars at the FoS
The action wasn't just on four wheels on the hillclimb, it was in the air...
...and on two...
...and three wheels
Both Red Bull F1 drivers took to the hill, and not just in their F1 cars
The supercar paddock was the best chance to see the latest hot metal
The McLaren MP4-12C can still pull the crowds long after its launch
The Jaguar F-Type was one of the most important models at the FoS. It goes on sale next year
A Mercedes C 63 AMG Black Series in a typically smokey launch
It's easy to forget that Morgans are more than capable of lighting the rear tyres
Race2Recovery is a scheme to rehabilitate wounded soldiers through a series of rally events
The Renault Clio Renaultsport received its first public outing, admittedly in a camouflage wrap
Tens of thousands of fans flocked to Goodwood during the weekend
The Nissan Juke R combines compact SUV looks with supercar pace
The M3 'Chrome Bullet' was one of a number of wrapped M3s on BMW's stand
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake received its UK debut at the show
The youngest ever double world champion, Sebastian Vettel, wowed the crowds on Saturday
These days, they say, a successful Goodwood Festival of Speed is as necessary to the health of the nation’s motoring scene as a full tank in every family car. Early on this year, the weather looked as if it might threaten such a happy outcome, what with the cars of some Friday attendees having to be towed into their parking spaces.
Luckily, intermittent sun shone enough through the weekend to make this one of the happiest events ever, and one of the largest. Early reports put attendance at the ticket-only event at the magic 200,000 the organisers have been seeking for the past few years.
The Festival’s secret is to combine the spectacularly predictable – such as most F1 teams smokily demonstrating their cars a week before they take to the British GP grid at Silverstone – with the new and unexpected, such as Renault’s big boss (and closet historic single-seater racer) Carlos Tavares taking to the hillclimb first at the wheel of the new Alpine A110-50 concept coupe with which he intends to found a sports car dynasty, and later in a still-camouflaged Clio 4 prototype, the car upon which his company most depends for a much-needed European revival.
Though Goodwood nowadays kicks off on Thursday with the Moving Motor Show, the day-long event that allows manufacturers to demonstrate cars to customers on closed estate roads, the whole Festival gets closer annually to becoming Britain’s outdoor motor show. Manufacturers colonise the infield with enormous and specially built multi-tier stands (this year’s 'halo' manufacturer Lotus’s was biggest of all). International car bosses arrive on the South Coast from every point of the compass, as they never did to London’s series of ill-fated static motor shows, lured by amazing cars and a couple of nights’ accommodation in 'the House' at Lord March’s pleasure.
This year’s most high-powered arrival was undoubtedly Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s car-loving president, who braved a two-hour traffic queue to tour the grand prix paddock on Saturday afternoon, drive his own racing car on the track with Lord March and conduct just one interview (with Autocar) before heading back to Japan that evening.
Goodwood’s nooks and crannies continued to be well stocked with industry chiefs, such as Aston chairman David Richards (helping to launch the new Vanquish), McLaren Automotive chief Antony Sheriff (entertaining potential customers for the soon-to-launch MP4-12C Spider), Jaguar Land Rover's Ralf Speth (whose new F-type prototype and XF Shooting Brake were prominent), the aforementioned Carlos Tavares of Renault, and Nissan technical chief Jerry Hardcastle, recently awarded an OBE for his steadfast promotion of the UK’s component supply industry. Hardcastle even succeeded in turning Infiniti’s arresting Emerg-e electric coupe concept – driven flat out on the hill by Red Bull’s Mark Webber – into a showpiece for British batteries, British electric motors, British power electronics and British composites technology.
Lotus shrugged off current management 'issues' to take major attention via Gerry Judah’s gigantic sculpture on the lawn of Goodwood House, widely regarded by aficionados as the best in a 16-year sequence. Meanwhile, Clive Chapman’s slick Classic Team Lotus – with selected owners – put an amazing spectrum of Lotus racing machinery onto the track, ranging from the 1958 Lotus 12 that marked the team’s debut in F1, through Jim Clark’s lovely Lotus 25 and Ford-Lotus Cortina Mk1 (brilliantly driven by former bike champ Stuart Graham) to the Lotus-Renault R30, built and raced only last year.
Track action was both novel and non-stop. Sebastian Vettel was a huge draw, digging trenches in Lord March’s green verges with the punchy Infiniti FX SUV that carries his name. He was supported by Alain Prost, Jenson and Lewis, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and a whole galaxy of rally stars. Nissan stunt driver Terry Grant set a time of two minutes (not much more than double the 'normal' time) while driving an all-electric Nissan Leaf in reverse. A mighty red Kenworth threw aside overhanging branches to show how quickly a racing truck could go. The FoS-TECH display, populated mostly with electric cars, features futuristic offerings from everyone from Morgan to Kia, via the evocative Ford EVOS concept.
Underpinning everything, as ever, were Britain’s precious motoring and racing traditions, embodied this year by Jaguar heroes Sir Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis, who took repeatedly to the track, waving to the effusive crowd, in a beautiful pale green C-type Jaguar. At one point on the start line they were chatting so animatedly about old adventures that the starter had to interrupt them to drop the flag. It was such sights that made the whole thing worthwhile.