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.
Stuart Milne, digital editor
Transits. There were plenty of them, mostly with RAC written on the side. But there were two that offered a very different appeal. Ford’s Supervan 3, complete with glassfibre bodywork on a Group C chassis clocked some impressive speeds with Anthony Reid behind the wheel. But it was Justin Law’s G-plate Tranny – complete with roof rack and Jaguar XJ220 running gear that was the most unlikely hero on the hill.
Matt Prior, road test editor
I love the atmosphere in the cool, shaded Cathedral Paddock, especially first thing on a dewy morning. It tends to hold some of the more eclectic cars too; ones you hold personal affection for, rather than the headliners. Like the fabulous Ford Cologne Capri that Emanuele Pirro launched up the hill with some abandon. “It’s got a lot of juice,” he beamed at the top. “You can drift it!”
Matt Saunders, deputy road test editor
Specifically, what you see when you poke your head through the window of Bob Riggle’s seriously tricked-up Plymouth Barracuda stunt dragster, the Hemi Under Glass. There’s an accelerator pedal that looks big enough for a chiropodist’s chair, and a secondary windscreen cut into the front bulkhead to grant a view down the road when the front wheels are six feet in the air. At which point, he steers the car using independent brakes on each rear wheel. What a showman.
Nic Cackett, road tester
The people. All 150,000 of them. It’s the multi-cultural throng, from bare-chested, all-day breakfast eating geezers to dashing older gents in tweed and ties, that makes the Festival of Speed the special occasion that it is. All are united; not by politics, outlook or background, but by a century-old and singular passion. I heard many accents, attitudes and adjectives this year, as wildly diverse as the people they issued from, yet all engaged in discussion of the same two quintessential Goodwood subjects: the internal combustion engine, and the sunshine. Perfick.
Darren Moss, digital reporter
Having now seen the famous machine firsthand, it seems the term speed pioneer was made for Sir Malcolm Campbell and his Bluebird. The land speed record racer was displayed at the Festival of Speed alongside other examples of the fastest machines on Earth. Bloodhound was here too, educating visitors about its 1000mph record attempt. The whole display was presented in a Daytona Beach mock-up - complete with sand and bathing beauties.