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Old 13-07-17, 17:42
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

The theme of the 25th Goodwood Festival of Speed was ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. As always, the event brought together an amazing collection of cars and bikes - this has now become a completely unique event, un-rivalled anywhere in the world - the best garden party for petrol heads in the world held in Lord March's garden!
This year saw the "front of house" celebration given over to Formula One ringmaster, Bernie Ecclestone - celebrating Bernie's 5 decades in motor sport - 'The Five Ages of Ecclestone' - this is the first time an individual has been honoured in this way - the display is usually dedicated to a manufacturer - a car was chosen to represent each decade - displayed on another stunning Gerry Judah sculpture.
There was the Connaught that Bernie used as a driver - realising that driving was not going to make him wealthy - he could not qualify the car for the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix - he then moved into driver management - the most successful driver being Jochen Rindt - the only posthumous winner of the F1 World Championship in 1970 - Jochen's Lotus 72 represented this period. The 1981 Championship winning Brabham BT49 of Nelson Piquet represented the period of Bernie as a team owner - when Nelson took 2 World Championships in cars designed by Gordon Murray. A Ferrari F2001 of Michael Schumacher represented the dominance the manufacturer and driver enjoyed, taking 5 of his 7 Championships in the red cars from Maranello - Bernie at his peak as the ringmaster. The display was topped off with the Mercedes W07 - Nico Rosberg's Championship winning car from 2016 which represented the final years of Bernie's reign. He was interviewed by Mark Webber on the balcony of Goodwood House on Sunday afternoon in front of the massive crowd who gave Bernie a rousing reception.
Bernie's career was not the only significant celebration this year at Goodwood.
The Goodwood weekend celebrated 70 years of Ferrari - there was a vast and highly valuable collection of Maranello's finest gathered at Goodwood in celebration. On Friday and Saturday, the cars lined up in front of Goodwood House with a band playing out the Italian national anthem with fireworks - an awesome sight. Centre stage was Lord March and VIPs flanked by two cars spanning the decades: a 1947 125 S and a 2017 LaFerrari Aperta. They made the perfect bookends for a 70-year career that has set the pace for road and racing alike. Amongst the road and track cars on display - and many being driven full blast up the hill - included the following: Single-seaters - 1948 166, 1952 375 ‘Grant Piston Ring Special’, a 1961 156 ‘Sharknose’, 1965 1512, 1974 312 B3, 1980 312 T5, 1984 126 C4/M2, 1990 641, 1995 412 T2, 2002 F2002, the F2007, not forgetting a pair of the Ferrari-powered Lancia D50s. Sports cars - 1947 125 S, 1950 166 MM Barchetta, 1958 250 TR58, 1962 250 GTO, 1971 365 GTB/LM and 1979 512 BB/LM, 1993 F40 LM and 458 GT2.
Nine times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen celebrated his 50th birthday and the 20th anniversary of his first Le Mans win.
Following his 1997 Le Mans win with the Joest racing team in a TWR-designed, Porsche-powered WSC95, the Dane went on to become the most successful driver at the French endurance classic - six of those wins coming in consecutive years.
Tom has also won the 12-hour race at Sebring in Florida a record six times.
Kristensen’s 36 years in motorsport was honoured with a collection of his greatest racing cars, including many from his glorious career with Audi, as well as the stunning Bentley Speed 8. The BMW V12 LMR in which he recorded his first victory at Sebring was also demonstrated on the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course. Over the weekend, Tom drove most of the cars - sadly the Bentley Speed 8 was only on static display in the paddock.
This years Festival also saw Williams celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Karun Chandhok, the official Williams Heritage Driver, drove two of the Grove-based team’s most famous Formula One race cars, the FW08B and the iconic FW14B up the hill.
Other Williams cars on static display included the FW11B, FW12C and FW19
On Sunday as part of this years William's celebrations, all static and running Williams cars gathered in the car assembly area with some of the key personnel from over the 40 years - including Damon Hill, Mark Webber, Patrick Head, Adrian Newey. Sadly, Frank was not well enough to be present himself.
Designed by Patrick Head and Adrian Newey, the FW14B is critically acclaimed as the greatest ever Williams car. Williams & Nigel Mansell dominated both championships, winning nine races (a record in one season at the time), and clinching the title in Budapest with five races still to go. The Championship-winning Williams-Renault FW14B took to the track for the first time since clinching the title 25 years ago at Williams’ celebration fan event at Silverstone on June 2nd after a significant restoration.
The six wheeler Williams-Ford FW08B was a variant of the 1982 car designed by Sir Patrick Head and Frank Dernie, and looked promising in testing, but the FIA stepped in to ban the technology before it ever raced.
In 1987 the Constructors’ Championship winning, FW11 was updated to become the FW11B. The FW11B was dominant throughout the year in the hands of Nelson Piquet and Mansell, winning nine out of 16 races on the way to another Constructors’ Championship, and a Drivers’ Championship for Piquet.
The FW12C, driven by Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese for the majority of the 1989 season, was the first Williams car to feature a Renault engine. The FW12C picked up one victory in Canada in the hands of Boutsen, and several podium places. It was replaced by its successor, the FW13, towards the end of the season in Portugal.
The FW19 is the team’s most recent championship-winning car. The team secured its 100th GP victory with Jacques at Silverstone. Jacques went on to win the Drivers’ title with his teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen helping secure the Constructors’ title.
There was also a "goodbye" to John Surtees who passed away in March aged 83. John had been heavily involved in the Festival of Speed since the early days and a staunch supporter of Lord March's projects. John was ever present displaying his significant skills on both bikes and in cars at every event (including the sister event, The Revival) and he won his first ever car race at the nearby Goodwood Circuit. As a celebration of John's life and achievements ( the only man to win World Titles on bikes and in cars) - there was a demonstration of John's bikes - 1949 Vincent Grey Flash; 1953 Works Norton; 1960 MV Agusta and cars Ferrari 158; Lola T70; Team Surtees TS15 and TS20
In addition to all the fantastic competition cars on display and in action on the hill, there was also an awesome display of current supercars. The Michelin Supercar Run has grown over the years and is now a significant part of the weekend in its own right. The results of the timed runs:
Supercars
1 Audi R8 Coupe 51.00
2 Nissan GT-R 52.68
3 Porsche 911 Turbo S 53.31
4 Lamborghini Aventador S 54.44
5 Ford GT 54.54
6 Noble M600 Speedster 54.73
7 Rimac Concept S 54.89
8 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro 55.62
9 Pagani Zonda 760RS 57.04
10 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro 57.83
11 Zenvo TSR 58.03
12 Maserati GranTurismo 58.42
13 Nissan BladeGlider 61.80
Race Cars for the Road
1 BAC Mono 49.54
2 Caterham Seven 620R 50.01
3 Radical RXC Turbo 50.83
The finale on Sunday saw the Shootout between all the competition cars that had set times over the weekend. This as usual was a tightly fought battle. Anthony Reid had held top position for most of the session in the Polish supercar Arrinera Hussarya GT3 getting his quickest time in early. However, it was not to be for Anthony....and Mark Higgins in the Subaru WRX STI pipped him! Mark though looked disappointed with his run....I think he thought he could have gone quicker. With 2 cars left to run, Justin Law hit the hill in the Bud Light IMSA spec Jaguar XJR12D - Justin had been in fine form all weekend - celebrating his 40th birthday on Saturday. Justin a winner of BTDBTDBTD on 6 other occasions at FOS blitzed the hill setting a time that would not be beaten by the final car - the Penske-Chevrolet PC22 Indy Car being driven by Jeremy Smith - it was close though - only just over a tenth in it - Jeremy made a slight mistake coming out of the first corner which needed a rapid correction but probably cost a couple of tenths in the process.
A well deserved win to the ever popular Justin Law.
The results:
Justin Law - Jaguar XJR12D - 46.13
Jeremy Smith - Penske-Chevrolet PC22 - 46.22
Mark Higgins - Subaru WRX STI - 48.25
Anthony Reid - Arrinera Hussarya GT3 - 48.28
Nick Heidfeld - Mahindra M4Electro - 48.59
Mike Skinner - Toyota Tundra - 49.02
Andrew Newall - McLaren-Chevrolet M8F - 49.41
Paul Dallenbach - Dallenbach PVA Special - 49.67
James Grint - Mitsubishi Mirage RX - 49.82
Charlie Eastwood - Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - 50.51
All that was left was for the prize giving by Lord March in front of Goodwood House where the various winning and significant cars from the weekend had been gathered as the sun set on another very memorable Festival of Speed. I am starting to look forward to FOS 2018 already!
For a selection of pics from the event, please visit my Flickr album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rivier...57686013885866
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Old 13-07-17, 19:06
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Shame they don't invite some proper hill climb cars to do the shoot out.....I reckon the times would be under 40s
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Shame they don't invite some proper hill climb cars to do the shoot out.....I reckon the times would be under 40s
but the faces don't fit.....
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Old 13-07-17, 21:56
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I do think it's a great event and always watch a bit on TV/internet.....the shoot out always looks good too......they just never seem to have anything really fast doing it. Did you see the plume of smoke coming out of the old Indycar that came second? Must be due a rebuild I reckon!!!
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Old 14-07-17, 01:06
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Thanks for that Riviera Guy next best thing to being there. The photos are stunning and some of the ROPS scary!
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Great report, thanks for the write up.
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