The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 opens its doors this weekend. We take a look back at last year's show
Steve Cropley Autocar
25 June 2012

"Purists say there are no grades of perfection, but if they existed the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed would surely have moved the peg higher", is what we said of last year's show.

The event featured vehicles more strikingly diverse than ever, from hugely fast F1 turbo cars, via unbelievable electric cars to an awesome jet motorcycle.

The theme was ‘Racing Revolutions’, which is why extraordinary cars such as Parnelli Jones’s jet-powered Lotus 56 – an ‘almost’ Indy winner – were on hand. But the true hotbed of progress was the green-themed FoS-Tech centre, where the Nissan Leaf and Vauxhall Ampera rubbed shoulders with the Delta coupe and the Peugeot EX1, the closest thing to an electric rollerskate.

The event’s most-seen car was the Morgan 3 Wheeler – appropriate when you think about it. It might be all-new, yet it draws so much from the past. Just like the Festival of Speed.

Autocar will be reporting live from this weekend’s Festival of Speed. Stay tuned for the latest news and pictures from the event.

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