Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

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BMW 320 Group 5 weapon hand-painted by pop art maestro Roy Lichtenstein offered colour to BMW centenary celebrations.

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Andy Bruce’s McLaren F1 GTR and P1 GTR gate guardians for the GRRC.

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BMW brought its one-off 2002 tii Hommage. Retro cool at its most finely judged.

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Lego Porsche 911 RSR on trend.

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Still wearing its race grime, the 2015 Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid took pride of place on the marque’s vast show stand.

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Even Edwardian racers understood the invisible force of aerodynamics.

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Drift gods smoked tyres and attracted smart phones.

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John Cobb’s stately Napier Railton running beautifully as ever.

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Dakar truck – dimensionally similar to a detached house – belched smoke and performed lurid powerslides at will.

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Jason Phelps closed the weekend with outrages burn-outs from his Mustang Funny Car once again.


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Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP champ and a winner in WSB this season, brought his famous #69 Honda to Sussex.

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British WSB hero Tom Sykes illustrating the redundancy of his front wheel.

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Bruce Anstey articulates the requirement for visor tear-offs at the TT.

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The great Kiwi’s 2016 TT Zero winning ‘bike and trophy.

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Double WSB champion Troy Corser as cool as ever.

Rally & Off-road Stages

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Citroen Vina carrying war damage but still getting out on stage.

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The slick, chalk surface did nothing to deter the enthusiasm of Simon Larbey in the family Metro 6R4.

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Toyota’s R3-class GT86 has brought affordable RWD fun back to the forests.

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FIAT 124 Abarth of Bill Gwynne adds Italian flair to the Goodwood forest.

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The yump proved once again to be the photographer’s paradise, with most competitors seeing full droop from all four wheels. This is Stuart Larbey’s Subaru Impreza WRC adopting the correct attitude.

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Stephen Petch was flying all day in the R5-spec M-Sport Fiesta.

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Toyota Celica RA40 out of shape in a way which is now as redolent of the Japanese drift scene it is the forest rally stage.

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Formula Offroad is a niche branch of the sport which started in Iceland. It involves 1,700bhp rocket fuel-powered buggies ascending mountains and driving across lakes. Utterly barmy and the spectacle of one of the these monsters at Goodwood was as beguiling as it sounds.

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Land Rover doing as a Land Rover ought.


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Huge crowds gathered on the hill between Molcombe and the Flint Wall to watch the Aston Martin Vulcan howl its way up the climb.

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International debut for Aston Martin GT12 Roadster.

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Huge twitches out of Molcombe for the Koenigsegg one:1.

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Singer 911 attracted huge interest over the weekend.

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Noble M600 Speedster.

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McLaren P1 GTR.

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Ferrari 599XX offered the most strident voice in the batch.

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Ferrari 488 GTB leaning on all the systems through Molcombe.

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Huge crowds thronged around the Vulcan at every turn.

Sports cars

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Derek Bell spared no horses aboard Mirage GR7, of the kind in which he and Jacky Ickx achieved Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1975.

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Ex-Piquet BMW M1 Procar.

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Ex-Cheever BMW 320 Group 5.

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Sir Jackie Stewart took a turn in the ex-John Surtees Lola T70 Spyder.

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Richard Dodkins celebrates safe passage aboard the huge – and hugely potent – March 717. GFoS 2016.046

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Marc Lieb ascended the hill with some considerable verve in the Porsche 919 Hybrid which, only a week earlier, had carried him to outright Le Mans laurels.

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Ferrari 275 GTB/C.

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Renault RS01 one-make racer has somehow gained GT3 homologation…

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Hepworth International brought the ex-Rodriguez BRM P154 back to life, pausing only for the heaviest rain when it was decreed that slick tyres and almost 700bhp might not mix well.

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Paul Knapfield’s Ferrari 712 remains the carrier of the marque’s largest-ever engine, with 12 cylinders offering a counterpoint to the V8s of most rivals.

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It was emotional to see Yannick Dalmas’s helmet atop his 1999 Le Mans winning BMW V12 LMR.

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Visit Florida? If it means Daytona or Sebring, I’m in!

Single Seaters

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Bernard Charles Ecclestone brought six BMW-powered Brabhams from his private collection, including the dramatic ‘low line’ BT55.

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The Grant Piston Rings Special Ferrari 375 of the Louwman family got grubby and looked great for it.

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Marc Gene was on spritied form in the Ferrari F10, with little time for showboating.

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Nobuharu Matsushita relishing his runs in the ex-Senna McLaren MP4/6.

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One of the weekend’s absolute highlights was the return of the Brawn GP 001, now owned by Ross Brawn himself and recently recommissioned. Martin Brundle was quick but respectful.

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The 50th anniversary of James Hunt’s legendary 1976 F1 world title was celebrated, including the appearance of the Wolf WR7 in which he bowed out of contemporary competition.

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Current F1 world championship point leader Nico Rosberg became the first man to unleash modern hybrid V6 power on the Goodwood hill and seemed to relish every moment.


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Well into his eighth decade, David Franklin demonstrated he has lost none of his phenomenal hillclimbing ability as he cut a 53-sec run aboard the hugely valuable Ferrari 312P.

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Any Newall unleashed full fury at every available opportunity, hustling Lord Bamford’s McLaren M8F to fourth overall.

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Mike Skinner’s all-out assault in the vastly unsuitable Toyota Tundra NASCAR pick-up truck left onlookers gasping. The only car I’ve ever seen to ground out through the final corner in a shower of sparks, his demolition of the hill achieved a remarkable third overall. One of the all-time great climbs.

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Olly Clark had 820bhp at his disposal and used every one to take an emotional win aboard his wild Gobstopper II Time Attack weapon. The traction and sheer savagery of the Subaru’s power delivery in wet and dry conditions was spell-binding. His commitment perfectly demonstrated this year’s Festival theme: Full Throttle; The Endless Pursuit of Power.

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