I’ve just got back from the Goodwood press day, where plans for this year’s brilliant Festival of Speed and Revival events were laid out in detail.
The press day itself has developed into almost as much of an occasion as the full events put on by Lord March, whose family owns the Goodwood estate. Today there were almost as many cars at the press day as appeared at the inaugural Festival of Speed back in 1993.
Here’s a cross-section of what was on static display and being thrashed up the hill today.
Touring cars don’t come much more imposing than this Jaguar XJS from 1984. This car is a well-used example, having been driven by Tom Walkinshaw – whose TWR company prepared the machines in period – Win Percy, Armin Hahne, Jeff Allam, Ron Dickson and Martin Brundle.
Another ex-TWR production was this monstrous Rover SD1 Vitesse, which is believed to be the actual car that won the Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone in 1985.
The revolutionary Lotus-Cosworth 88B ‘twin chassis’ F1 car was the work of Colin Chapman’s team of innovative engineers and aimed to take advantage of ground effect aerodynamics that were first pioneered in the early 1980s. Sadly the striking car was banned by rulemakers (under pressure from other teams) before it could be proven in a race. The 88B is now part of the Classic Team Lotus collection and will form part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s tribute to the famous Norfolk equipe, which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year.
Another beautiful Lotus on display in West Sussex today was this Cosworth-powered 76 from 1974. Entered and driven by Andrew Beaumont, the ex-Ronnie Peterson machine featured a distinctive bi-plane rear-wing, hydraulically operated clutch and two brake pedals for left and right foot braking.
This gorgeous Mercedes-Benz 220 SE ‘Fintail’ was pedaled by Klaus Ludwig and Autocar’s senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel in an historic motor race in Germany late last year.
BMW is returning to the DTM touring car series this year, and British driver Andy Priaulx will fight against a gaggle of Mercs and Audis in this striking M3 DTM.
The Bavarian marque is also celebrating 40 years of its M performance division this year, and this mouthwatering E30-shape M3 Ravaglia edition was on hand to highlight the fact.
This Jaguar XKR8/9 was driven by Raul Boesel to victory in the 1987 FIA World Sportscar Championship and is now part of the collection owned by Jaguar sportscar aficionado Don Law.
Appetite whetted? The Festival of Speed runs from June 28 to July 1 and the Revival takes place on 14-16 September. Maybe see you at either, or both…