Last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed offered the best combination of cars, theatre and weather. And unlike some other motor shows, Goodwood offers an enthralling atmosphere.
Autocar reported live from the event. Here are our favourite moments from the 2013 Festival of Speed.
Jim Holder, editor
From the drama of its late entrance from behind closed gates in to the supercar run to the sheer speed at which it went up the hill, the McLaren P1 took top honours for both theatre and drama. The engine may lack outright volume, but its swooshing menace sits nicely with the space-age design of the car. One smart guy stood next to the car as Jenson Button emerged from it at the top of the hill after his run. "Bloody hell that was fast," said a visibly blown away Jenson to nobody in particular as the scissor doors swung open.
Steve Cropley, editor-in-chief
Oddball highlight you might reckon, but my highlight is FoS stalwart Bob Riggle and his 1500hp, wheelstanding Plymouth Barracuda, because a) they're always spectacular, b) they help define the ultra-wide spectrum of Festival fare - with the Eurofighter at the other extremity - and c) Bob is a top bloke.
Matt Burt, deputy editor
I did a double take when I saw Vulcan XH558 carve a lazy arc through the summer sky above Goodwood House on Saturday afternoon. How is it possible for Roy Chadwick’s 60-year-old design for the delta-winged aeroplane to still look futuristic and so fresh today? It’s a shape that’s every bit as iconic and evocative as the Jaguar D-type. The best news of all is that the bomber’s retirement from British skies has been pushed back until 2015, giving us two more years to enjoy this game-changing aircraft.