A lime-green Jaguar XKR going sideways? Lewis Hamilton doing doughnuts in his McLaren F1 car? Electric supercars with names you can’t pronounce silently speeding past you? It can only be the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Lord March’s annual motorsport extravaganza has come to an end for another year on his famous Sussex estate. None of the 150,000 plus show goers this year were likely to have gone home feeling disappointed after one the most varied and action packed motorsport celebrations on the calendar.
One of the main highlights of the weekend was the Sunday Times Supercar Paddock, which had one of the most impressive hot-metal line ups ever seen at the festival. There were UK debuts aplenty – Ferrari California, 599 HGTE and Scuderia 16M, Pagani Zonda R, Porsche Panamera, Nissan GT-R V Spec, Citroen GT, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport and the beautiful chrome Veyron Pur Sang.
The real supercar stars up the hillclimb though were three home-grown heroes. Jaguar’s Mike Cross put in an expert sideways display in the lime-green Goodwood special XKR, while Derek Bell slid the Bentley Continetal Supersport he was piloting onto the grass on several occasions. Completing the trio was the Jaguar XFR, which managed to record 225mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US last year.
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