Behind the Bonnet at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed roared into the grounds of Goodwood House from June the 23rd to the 26th, bringing together classic cars, racing superstars, and a terrifyingly gravity defying Gerry Judah sculpture to boot. The festival has long been known for its iconic 1.16 mile hillclimb race and this years sprint was no disappointment, with appearances from countless turbocharged Formula One cars including Jensen Button’s championship-winning Brawn BGP 001, McLaren’s 570S Sprint and the Fiat 124 Spider.
It was one of the noisiest, fastest Goodwoods yet, featuring the thunderous sounds of the hugely powerful pre-war Silver Arrows and a bold selection of two-stroke Grand Prix bikes. The theme for this year’s spectacular was The Endless Pursuit of Power, with a focus on celebrating the most impressive machines to grace the race tracks of the world, and those intrepid drivers that piloted them.
As well as celebrating 100 years of BMW, the festival marked 40 years since James Hunt’s World Championship victory by gathering examples of every significant car that Hunt raced, from F1 to touring and sports cars, plus his Austin A35 road car. Official sponsors Tag Heuer also commemorated Hunt’s anniversary with the launch of two special anniversary Formula 1 timepieces, designed in collaboration with the Estate of James Hunt and his son and fellow racing professional Freddie Hunt.