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.