JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8: 592bhp and the most extreme performance Jaguar ever made
EAGLE LOW DRAG GT: Technically brilliant, stylistically very close to perfect
LAMBORGHINI CENTENARIO: 759bhp V12-powered supercar thrilled the crowds
FERRARI 308 GTB: High up the hill at Goodwood's rally stage, a Ferrari catches huge air
TOYOTA CELICA: Another rally legend, the Celica, was on the show's rally stage too
FORD FOCUS WRC: As campaigned by the late, great Colin McRae in the World Rally Championship
SUBARU IMPREZA 555: Another car formerly campaigned by Colin McRae hits the stage
RENAULT ZOE E-SPORT: Supermini hot hatch looks, supercar pace. Could this precede the world's first production electric hot hatch?
LEXUS LC 500: Lexus' new coupé flagship has the engine note to match its looks
CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO NASCAR: A typically restrained effort from across the pond
LANCIA 037: Proof again that a Martini livery can make good looking cars look like supermodels
FIRE THEM UP: It's not just cars - there are motorbikes at Goodwood too. And planes. And helicopters. And drones...
ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE: Not your usual rally car, but fast and effective nonetheless
FORD MUSTANG DRIFT CAR: If you're giving up smoking, don't come to Goodwood
MAZDA RX-7 DRIFT CAR: A common choice of drift car, if there is such a thing; this one has 510bhp
MERCEDES-BENZ CLK63 AMG BLACK SERIES: AMG's 50th anniversary is celebrated in style
FERRARI 641: Campaigned bin 1990 by Alain Prost; powered by a 3.5-litre V12
FORD GT: Ford's long-awaited supercar wowed crowds at its UK debut
MAD MIKE's MAZDA MX-5: It's an MX-5, but not as you know it. This drift car has more than 1000bhp
MAD MIKE's MAZDA MX-5: Former MotoX racer Mad Mike Whiddett's MX-5 has a quad-rotor engine
MAD MIKE: No need to ask how he earned his nickname!
MCLAREN P1 LM: The road legal version of the P1 GTR; Nurburgring lap record time: 6m 43.2sec
LAMBORGHINI HURACAN PERFORMANTE: Another 'Ring king takes to Lord March's driveway
MERCEDES DTM RACER: Not your average Mercedes saloon
PORSCHE 911 GT3: Porsche's now second wildest car took to the hill; even with the arrival of the GT2 RS, it's no shrinking violet
NOBLE M600 SPEEDSTER: Noble's convertible. As loud as it is red
BMW M3 E30 TOURING CAR: A World and British Touring Car Championship winner
ASTON MARTIN DB11 V8: Aston's AMG V8-engined DB11 was unveiled at Goodwood. It's more nimble than the V12 - and still sounds ruddy terrific
BILL GOLDBERG: WWE wrestler Goldberg took to the hill in a Cessna V8 truck. He wasn't going to squeeze in an F1 car, was he?
BILL GOLDBERG: Getting ready to rumble (or whatever it is WWE wrestlers do)
FERRARI LAFERRARI FXX K: Ferrari's most extreme road-based car sets off. Spectacularly
LANCIA 037: A mid-engine sports car and rally car built by Lancia in the early 1980s. Still looks great
MG METRO 6R4: MG's legendary Metro 6R4 in the colours of rallycross ace Will Gollop
FERRARI FXX EVO: Smoke, engine roar, drama - this is the Ferrari that delivers it all
SINGER PORSCHE 911 TARGA: The Singer Targa wowed crowds as it swept up the hill
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS: Bentley's quickest car yet, with a 0-62mph time of 3.4sec...
LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S: ...that's not as quick as the 2.8sec Lamborghini claims for the Aventador S, though
ALFA ROMEO 1750 GTA: 220bhp in a car that weighed just 780kg
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2017: Described as 'Glastonbury for cars' - but altogether less muddy this year, and more genteel
RENAULT 5 MAXI TURBO: Victory on the 1985 Tour de Corse cemented the legend
CHEVROLET CAMARO: Touring car racing came in all shapes and sizes in the 1970s; 5.7-litre V8 powered this racer
GOODWOOD SCULPTURE: Fans flocked to take in the sight of the central display
ALFA ROMEO 155 DTM: Alfas old and new are here, from this 155 DTM to the new Stelvio SUV road car
MERCEDES-BENZ CLK63 AMG BLACK SERIES: Part of Mercedes' celebrations for AMG's 50th anniversary
FERRARI 488 GT3: A smokey start for this Ferrari 488 GT3 pleased the crowd
FERRARI P3/4: The Ferrari P3/4 was intended to avenge Ford at Le Mans in 1967, but it couldn't overcome the might of the GT40s.
JAGUAR XF SV PROJECT 8: Fresh from its recent unveiling, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 passes in front of Goodwood House
50 YEARS OF AMG: The raw power of a classic AMG Merc never gets old
FORD MUSTANG DRIFT: Well, a Mustang was never going to go up the hill in a straight line, was it?
RANGE ROVER VELAR: The all-new Range Rover Velar cocks a wheel on its way up the hill
Often the most noise at Goodwood is made by the classic bikes
FERRARI 312 B3: Ferrari's 1974 Formula One contender, the 312 B3, heas up the hill in the hands of its owner, Christian Knobloch.
BUGATTI TYPE 59: The Bugatti Type 59 proved too heavy for the new 750kg weight regulations introduced just after it was designed. The solution? Holes were drilled in the side members to reduce weight.
FIAT S76: The Fiat S76, better known as the Beast of Turin, wakes with a spurt of flame
Bonnet mascots: they just don't make them like they used to.
See what we mean?
MAZDA MX-5s: underpowered. Or not, in this case.
The action at the Festival of Speed isn't only on track.
It's safe to say this isn't your usual Range Rover
BAC MONO: The BAC Mono is one of Britian's most exclusive track day specials
MAZDA MX-5: More smoke from drifter Mad Mike Whiddett and his ballistic Mazda MX-5
LORRAINE DIETRICH: More smoke, though this time from the exhaust of the pre-war Lorraine Dietrich
BUGATTI CHIRON: The Bugatti Chiron strikes a pose.
ALFA ROMEO 155 DTM: The DTM-spec Alfa Romeo 155 from 1993 certainly doesn't lack menace...
MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS DTM: ...and neither did this 2005 C-Class DTM
FERRARI 512 BB: How do you make a Ferrari look even better? Simple: turn it into a racer.
FERRARI F60: The unmistakeable shape of a modern Ferrari F1 car. This one's an F60, from 2009...
FERRARI F2007: ...although this F2007 from, ahem, 2007, shows just how much things changed in two short years.
WILLIAMS FW14B: Red Five rides again. The 1992 Williams FW14B was piloted up the hill by Karun Chandhok.
MCLAREN-HONDA MP4/6: Once upon a time, the name 'McLaren-Honda' had very different connotations...
KAMAZ TRUCK: There's nothing quite like seeing a Kamaz go up the hill, is there?
TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER: Who wouldn't want this life-size recreation of the Tamiya Sand Scorcher radio-controlled car?
LOTUS 49: A Lotus 49 swings through one of Goodwood's corners; an evocative sight
LANCIA LC2: Heavy fuel consumption gave the Lancia LC2 an uphill struggle against its rival Porsche 956s.
LOTUS PRATT & WHITNEY 56: This incredible gas-turbine car came remarkably close to winning the Indy 500 in 1968, but its fuel pump gave out with just nine laps to go. Gas turbines were banned the following year.
Racers mix with true thoroughbreds on the Goodwood hillclimb
MAZDA RX-7: Proving why the 'Catch My Drift' class is named as it is, James Deane and his Mazda RX-7.
NISSAN GT-R: More smokey madness from Steve 'Baggsy' Biagioni and his Nissan GT-R.
RENAULT RS01: Although it had a reputation for poor reliability, this Renault RS01 was the first ever turbocharged Formula One car, paving the way for today's turbos
NISSAN 370Z: Turns out the Nissan 370Z makes a pretty decent drift car too.
FORD RS2000: Darth Ford-er, anyone? Sorry. Anyway, this RS200 looked fantastically evil.
SUBARU WRX: This Subaru looked understated, but was anything but when it made its way up the hill.
AUDI QUATTRO RS002: Now here's a special thing. An Audi Quattro RS002, the last remaining survivor of Audi's stillborn Group S mid-engined rally car project.
A Jeep, doing its thing on the hill. Never let it be said that the Festival of Speed is not a broad church.
Another shot of that fabulous Alfa 155 DTM. Because why not?
FORD CAPRI ZAKSPEED: Still think Capris are all about chest wigs and medallions? Well, you couldn't be more wrong.
FORD GALAXIE: A welcome slice of classic American in the form of the Ford Galaxie.
We could do that too, if we wanted to. We just don't want to. Ahem.
FERRRARI FXX: A smokey-as-FXX start.
Is there a better sight to cause a petrolhead's heart to flutter?
And here's another shot of that Ferrari 512 BB racer. Don't complain. We're spoiling you.
PAGANI HUAYRA: It's the Pagani H... Hu... the one that came after the Zonda.
JAGUAR E-TYPE LIGHTWEIGHT: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But if the beholder says this isn't beautiful, we'd have to take exception.
FORD MUSTANG: Another obligatory sideways Mustang shot.
Sparks fly as Mad Mike takes his MX-5 for another run.
When your wing-to-cockpit ratio is just right.
BMW E30 M3: Oh, for an E30 M3 in M Sport colours. This one's just perfect.
JAGUAR XJ220: Here's the Jaguar XJ220 racer that won its class at the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans (before being disqualified a month later, but let's not go on about that...). You can read all about the roadgoing version in this week's Autocar. What are you waiting for? Oh, yes, the last couple of pics. You're allowed to wait for those.
FERRARI 166: See? Ferraris don't always have to be red.
ALPINE A110: And finally, a look to the future: the Alpine A110 heading up the hill.
This, above all, was Bernie Ecclestone’s do. In the months leading up to the 2017 edition of the world’s most remarkable motorsport festival, most of us presumed Ferrari’s much-ballyhooed 70th anniversary would take precedence over everything else at Goodwood — and there was indeed plenty of Prancing Horse action on the most famous hill in East Sussex.
But for this year’s, the 25th, founder Lord Charles March decided months ago that his mission would be to celebrate the unique career of the man who built Formula 1 and in this he received extraordinary support from many directions. Sculptor Gerry Judah’s eye-popping installation on the front lawn of Goodwood House suspended five of Bernie’s own racing cars at impossible angles, high above the crowd, to mark the five phases of Ecclestone’s career — as driver, manager, team owner, impresario and legend.
Bernie’s friends and acolytes were there in depth (Goodwood’s celebrity count, always impressive, seemed practically to double) and many teams and individuals brought cars relevant to his reign — not least a wonderful array of Brabham F1 cars which combined the talents of Ecclestone and Gordon Murray between 1972 and 1987. The whole enterprise was admirably supported (to the tune of a rumoured £1 million for design and erection of that “five phases” sculpture) by CVC Capital Partners and Liberty Media, F1’s departing and arriving owners.
And at the critical moments, the event was graced by attendance the little man himself. In his pomp, Ecclestone knew that one way of underscoring his power was never to allow his arrival at events like this to be predictable. But this time he was prominent at the Saturday night Festival Ball and at a special ceremony on Sunday afternoon for which the faithful gathered in thousands below Goodwood House’s balcony while Bernie was interviewed, honoured and cheered to the echo.
Other stuff happened. The Bernie events chimed perfectly with the 50th anniversary of the winning debut of Ford’s immortal DFV racing V8 (in the back of Jimmy Clark’s impossibly beautiful Lotus 49 at Zandvoort). The same engine powered nearly all of Ecclestone’s Brabhams, and was staple power for most teams while Ecclestone’s expansion of F1 was in its its steepest trajectory.
As a glorious and entirely different sidelight to F1, this Festival also featured the wedge-shaped sight — and most importantly, the unearthly sound — of the Lotus 56 turbine car that appeared at Indianapolis 50 years ago, and looked set to win the famous 500 the following year until a simple fuel pump failed with just nine laps to go. After that, the car was banned by race authorities concerned that it wasn’t noisy enough…
If noise was what you wanted, Ferrari had it. Red cars ran in droves to mark the 70th. All the famous sports/racers that Goodwood usually commands were there — LMs and GTOs and the rest of them — but even more outstanding was a glorious array of V12-engined F1 cars, which set pulses racing with their extraordinary shouting, wailing exhaust notes, so different from the rest, back in the day. Talking Ferrari, there was also time to celebrate the Prancing Horse’s 1964 world champion, John Surtees, who died this year and was the only man ever to win world motorcycle and car championships. His winning Ferrari 158 single-seater and a championship MV Agusta motorcycle were both there, along with several successful single-seaters he built under his own name.
Road car manufacturers have long supported Goodwood, and there was an almost bewildering array of recent arrivals on display in the (intermittent) Sussex sunshine, some moving under their own steam for the first time. The new Alpine A110 coupe was driven with special verve as was Ford’s road-going GT. Italdesign’s Zerouno was there, Jaguar surprised many by showing a 592bhp version of its XE compact saloon called Project 8, McLaren unveiled its latest 570S Spider, and there was even space in the field for London Taxi to run its new, all-auminium cab, complete with range-extender powertrain and a battery-only range rumoured to be around 80 miles.
That was not all. There were desert racers and rally cars and fashion cars and aircraft displays. This year’s fields included and some and most powerful cars on the planet (my own favourite was the extraordinary 28.5-litre, 300hp 1911 Fiat called “The Beast of Turin”) and there was even a full-size Lego McLaren consisting of 280,000 pieces and weighing two tonnes. Variety, colour, noise and the non-stop excitement of cars were all there as ever — to show that Goodwood was in the rudest of health.