An ex-Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda rekindled fond memories
The Jaguar Project 7 makes a spectacular getaway from the start line
Sir Jackie Stewart soaks up the atmosphere, just ahead of Sir Stirling Moss
Away from the hillclimb, there's plenty of off-road action, such as these Ultra4s
This Type Monza W196 was one of eight of the classic Mercs present at Goodwood
The Michelin Supercar Run was timed on Saturday; ex-BTCC racer Anthony Reid was quickest
The Peugeot 404 diesel set endurance records back in 1965
This is the Pikes Peak Mini Cooper, as driven by Jean-Philippe Dayraut
Trucks like this Kamaz T4 have their own class on events such as the Dakar Rally
Stunt driver Terry Grant set a new world record for the longest road car run on two wheels
A classic Toyota TE27 rally car on Goodwood's purpose-built special stage
An ex-Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC wowed the rally stage crowds
US legend Richard Petty drives his classic Nascar Plymouth up the hill
Which is the star? The car, the statue or the house?
Drift stars put on a separate display. Here, a Mazda RX-7 does its thing
Not everyone was trying to drift or set new records up the hill, however
There were several Nascar racers on display, including this Toyota Camry
Jenson Button was among the current F1 stars on hand; this is an ex-Senna McLaren
Maserati made sure the crowds were aware of its presence
Red Bull ran an older F1 car in today's livery
Meanwhile, world champion Mercedes had more modern machinery on hand
The Vauxhall VXR8 showed what it is capable of in the hands of stunt ace Paul Swift
As ever at Goodwood, it was hard to know which way to look
The 28-litre Fiat S76 wasn't just on static display
The rally cars were also given turns on the hillclimb course
Sir Stirling Moss celebrated the 60th anniversary of his Mille Miglia win
The rally stage provided highs of a different kind
Lewis Hamilton didn't attend, so Nico Rosberg won over the British crowds on Sunday
Rally Argentina winner Kris Meeke set the fastest time on the rally stage
Works Mini rally raid driver Harry Hunt launches off the start line
Terry Grant did make use of a prop to set his two-wheeled record...
... while several bikers made do with one
Grant also proved he's no one-trick pony by putting on other stunt shows over the weekend
MotoGP winner on Saturday, star of Goodwood on Sunday - Valentino Rossi
The LaFerrari FXX K is based on the road-going LaFerrari
Even fast Ferraris can go faster... when in FXX form
Ferrari entered eight cars in the Michelin Supercar Run
Goodwood always offers chances to see even the rarest of supercars...
... although you have to be quick to catch them
Lamborghini focused its efforts on its most extreme offerings
This Jaguar F-Type will support the Bloodhound land speed record attempt
The 2015 Morgan Aero 8 put on a show
The Ariel Nomad got five stars in a recent Autocar road test; the crowds got to see why
Racing legend John Surtees was reunited with one of his old cars
The classic Martini livery featured on more than one Goodwood star this year
The livery of this Aston Martin Le Mans car was created by artist Tobias Rehberger
McLaren showed off its full range of road and track cars
When you've had enough of cars, there's still plenty to do
This Ferrari 512 BB/LM was 12th at Le Mans in 1979
A McLaren in the iconic Harrods livery
The 'Bloody Mary' racer was once driven by Autosport technical editor John Bolster
This Pikes Peak-spec Ford RS200 has more than 900bhp
Gymkhana star Ken Block pleased the crowds all weekend
This Porsche 935 racer was once driven by Paul Newman
The 28-litre Fiat S76 stands outside Goodwood House
The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed Statue celebrated Mazda
The new Honda Civic Type R hit the hill all weekend
Audi brought along its LMP1 Le Mans racer
Many different eras of Formula 1 were celebrated
Renault Classic entered this 40CV 'Montlhery Coupé'
The calm before the storm, as this Audi Quattro prepares to hit the stages
This Type C27 Grand Sport Cabriolet was built in 1934
This Volkswagen-Chevrolet Beetle was created in 1975
Reigning F1 world champion Mercedes has plenty of past glories to reflect on
The weather was kind to festival-goers on Saturday
Another view of the impressive statue
Citroen DS was celebrating its 60th anniversary
This year’s 23rd Goodwood Festival of Speed had absolutely no trouble living up to its 'Flat out and Fearless' theme.
It mixed all-action appearances by old-time heroes such as Nascar’s Richard Petty and drag racing’s godfather, Don Garlits, with cameos by global stars of the modern era such as Ford’s Ken Block and his incredible 845bhp Mustang 'Hoonicorn', grabbing every eye in a spectacular, tyre-smoking gymkhana display.
The most extraordinary debut of all was surely that of multiple motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi, who appeared without warning on stage at Goodwood’s traditional gala ball on Saturday night, its crowd already rocking to the Kaiser Chiefs.
Rossi, often regarded as a festival regular, was in fact making his debut at the South Downs’ most famous annual event, having jetted in direct from a storming race win in the latest MotoGP round at Assen in the Netherlands.
Resting on his laurels was never in Rossi’s script, and the next day he first rode his MotoGP Yamaha directly into Goodwood House (before appearing on the balcony with Lord March and BBC TV’s Suzi Perry to celebrate the Yamaha’s 60th anniversary) and then turned his hand to driving the most famous Mazda racing car of all, the Le Mans-winning 787B, and later a Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car.
Mazda’s new MX-5, new to most of Goodwood’s bumper audience, led off a glittering array of Supercars and First Glance models that included the three 'pinnacle' hypercars: the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.
Mazda was this year’s featured marque; its Kodo design philosophy was celebrated in Gerry Judah’s latest monumental sculpture to take pride of place on Lord March’s front lawn. The company’s impressive lineage of sports/racing cars seemed to be everywhere - except for one 767B that hit the notorious hay bales at Molecomb corner early in the event.
Another to suffer this fate was the world’s fastest man, Andy Green, who next year will attempt to reach 1000mph in southern Africa in Bloodhound SSC. There was exquisite irony in the fact that Green’s passenger was Daily Mail reporter Ray Massey, who predictably chose to write up what Bloodhound’s press department dismissed as Andy Green killing a hay bale as his “terrifying brush with death in £300,000 rally car”.
Extreme horsepower claims were everywhere. Aston Martin’s latest and greatest track-only special edition, the Vulcan, complete with a 7.0-litre V12 producing “800bhp-plus”, made a dignified world debut in the hands of regular works driver Darren Turner, having been finished at the factory only a day earlier.
Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales removed the wraps from his new track-day special, the 3-Eleven, whose 'basic' 450bhp power output looks plenty for a car weighing less than 900kg.
The F1 teams came as usual, although no one ran a 2015 car, because grand prix’s regulation-obsessed authorities would have considered it extra testing. Not so many regular grand prix drivers made the trip to the south coast this year, either, but Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg chose Goodwood as the setting for his 30th birthday celebrations - and showed off the noise difference between now and the good old days by bringing a 2013 2.4-litre V8 Merc. And Jenson Button was on hand to demonstrate Ayrton Senna’s championship-winning 3.5-litre McLaren Honda V12 from 1991, which set the traditionalists grinning with delight.
No one would want to get into an argument over the festival’s most popular fixture, but the traditional Supercar Run for more than 40 cars - which annually summarises the entire market for expensive, high-performance cars in Britain - would be a popular choice.
Bringing up the rear was Vauxhall’s VXR Road Train, consisting of Corsa VXR, Astra VXR, Insignia VXR and mighty VXR8. The cars, driven by Paul Swift’s stunt drivers, produced 1400bhp in total and set a precedent for the 2015 festival’s departing traffic by travelling impossibly closely together but doing it in a good spirit. As ever, a great time seemed to be had by all.
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