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Garden Party Party
When 150,000 people are happy to turn out in the rain and the mud of the globally warmed (!) 2007 summer to tramp around around your back garden and look at old cars, you must be doing something right. And indeed, the Earl of March has been doing it “right” for 15 years now. Once again he astounded by bringing together a mouth-watering assortment of machinery for the occasion - and he still managed to find a few we hadn’t seen before too. The star names were there also; many returning as they do every year, others such as Al Unser jnr making a first appearance. Oh, and F1’s latest wunderkid Lewis Hamilton deigned to pay a fleeting visit on Sunday afternoon too.

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River Deep, Mountain High
Formula 1 cars are no longer timed on the hill, officially at least, so whilst a bevy of race and test drivers entertained the crowds with burn-outs in more recent cars from Ferrari, Honda, McLaren, Red Bull, Toyota and Williams it was left to Rod Millen to set the fastest time on the hill in his 2003 Pike’s Peak Toyota Tacoma pick-up, the fearsome beast reputedly pumping out some 900bhp in Goodwood trim - or some 200bhp more than it managed in the rarefied air found at the Peak’s summit. Highly appropriate though that a Toyota hill-climber should scoop the honours on the occasion that Toyota were celebrating 50 years of motorsport. To mark the occasion the Japanese manufacturer took centre stage in front of the house with an impressive ‘i-swing’ display of race & rally cars.

Older Grand Prix and Indy cars were in action however, with Classic Team Lotus having a particularly strong presence. The hard-working Gold Leaf Team  Lotus 49 R5/10 was re-united with Emerson Fittipaldi, this being the car he drove to his first Grand Prix victory at Watkins Glen in 1970 - at 23 Emerson was just a year older then than Hamilton is now. The very same 49 was also guided to victory in the 1968 & ‘69 Monaco Grand Prix by Graham Hill and son Damon took the opportunity to get behind the wheel during the weekend. It’s a car he’s driven before so he’s getting quite used to it. David Leslie had a rare outing in a Formula 1 car when he drove the JPS Lotus 79 with which Mario Andretti clinched the 1978 world title. Jackie Stewart took a step back to his Indianapolis past, driving the Lola T90 he piloted at the Brickyard some 40 years ago, in 1967. This car is now owned by Lola boss Martin Birrane who was also present at Goodwood. Lola will celebrate their 50th anniversary here next year.

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The 25th anniversary of Group C was a feature of the weekend with a representative selection of machinery, many of them cars that are now regularly competing in the revitalised Group C/IMSA series. Aside from the familiar Porsche, Jaguar, Aston Martin & Nissan examples we were also treated to some rarer machinery such as a pair of Lancias, Sauber-Mercedes C11, Rondeau M382, Peugeot 905B and even the ill-starred Allard J2XC. Even these stunning beasts were upstaged on the sportscar front by a couple of Americans. Jim Hall brought his Chaparral-Chevrolet 2J “sucker car” for Vic Elford to drive, whilst the Howmet TX whooshed up the hill in the hands of Chuck Haines. Will we ever see their likes again?

Brooklands, just 50 miles up the road from Goodwood, marked its centenary the week before, and a selection of vehicles came on down to continue the celebrations, including the Napier Railton that still holds the outer circuit lap record, together with the Pacey Hassan and a trio of Le Mans Bentleys. There was a link to that ‘other’ oval too (Indianapolis) with the appearance of the FWD Miller that raced at both.

One Of These Days.............
It’s impossible to mention everything that ran up the hill but as ever all branches of the sport were represented. Nick Mason has had the opportunity to drive some pretty exotic cars in his time but even he was almost overwhelmed at being invited to drive Audi’s Auto Union D Type. Last September’s Goodwood Revival turned out to be Australian hero Pete Brock’s last race meeting before his untimely death on a rally just a few days later so it was fitting that his 1978 Bathurst-winning Holden Torana was one of the stars. Rally cars had their own expanded stage this year where a variety of cars took full advantage of the mud. And speaking of mud, off road passenger rides were being given in Porsche Cayennes  -  could this have been the first known occasion on which the Stuttgart tractor actually ventured off tarmac and got dirty??

The latest supercars took their turn on the hill and amongst the inevitable array of Aston Martins, Ferraris and Lamborghinis there were one or two interesting newcomers such as the Tesla Roadster, a Lotus-developed electric sportscar, whilst the tidy little Concept Climax was spotted getting the once-over from Aston boss Dave Richards. Ferrari celebrated its 60th anniversary not so much with a display of cars but art, a collection of specially created posters, one for each year, depicting highlights of Prancing Horse history. However, they were all upstaged by the nearby display of five, yes five, Bugatti Royales. That’s from a total production of just six built between 1927-1933. Remarkably, despite an estimated combined value of some $60 million the display was not fenced off in any way. That in a nutshell explains the popularity of the Festival and long may it continue, even if it makes it difficult for us to work!

The incredible display record-breakers was fenced off, but then they were sited on the cricket pitch. There are certain priorities, you know. Actually, seeing the likes of Gary Gabelich’s 1970 Blue Flame, Bruce Meyer’s 1949 So Cal drop tank and even Jonathan Suckling’s MG ZT-T (the world’s fastest estate car) displayed on a re-creation of Bonneville salt flats was very effective and certainly captured the attention of most visitors.

‘Spark of Genius, Breaking Records, Pushing Boundaries’ was the very apt working title for the event this year. Every year we marvel at the way Lord March and his team manage to amaze us. No doubt they’ll do it all over again next year but before that there’s the Revival Meeting to look forward to in September. Remarkably that will be the 25th event (15 Festivals, 10 Revivals) under Lord March’s stewardship. Long may it continue!

John Elwin
August 2007

 

 

Who Drove What at the Festival of Speed

Michael Ammermüller,
Red Bull racing’s test driver, took to the hill in the 2007 Red Bull-Renault RB3.

Chris Atkinson,
WRC driver for Subaru, took to the hill and the Forest Rally Stage in the Subaru Impreza WRC.

Rowan Atkinson,
actor and comedian, drove the Napier-Railton, Brooklands Special, which is the perpetual lap record holder at Brooklands.

Richard Attwood,
popular Le Mans winner, drove a 1987 Porsche 961 at the Festival.

Derek Bell,
five times Le Mans winner, was at the Festival all three days, driving a Porsche 956, 917/30 and a Mirage-Ford GR7.

Stig Blomqvist,
former World Rally Champion, drove an Audi Quattro S1 on the Forest Rally Stage and the mighty Quattro ‘Pikes Peak’ car on the hillclimb.

Troy Bayliss,
WSB champion, was at the Festival on Friday and Saturday, riding his 999F07 race bike.

David Brabham,
son of three-times Grand Prix World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, took the hill in the Aston Martin DBR9 at the Festival this year.

Russell Brookes,
former British Champion and star of the British circuit, drove his 1985 title-winning Opel Manta 400 on the Forest Rally Stage over the weekend.

Ralph Bryans,
Former Honda works motorcycle star, rode a Honda RC162, brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.

Andy Burton,
hero of British rallying, was in action on the Forest Rally Stage over the weekend in his unique Peugeot-Cosworth.

Jenson Button,
star driver for Honda Racing F1 team, drove the Honda RA107 on Sunday and take part in the Goodwood Organic Milk Cycle Race on Saturday.

Troy Corser,
former WSB champion, rode the Motor Italia Yamaha YZF R1, over the course of the weekend.

Paul Dallenbach, multiple Pike’s Peak winner, took to the hill in his purpose-built Dallenbach PV03 ‘Pikes Peak Special’.

Anthony Davidson,
current F1 star with the Super Aguri team, took to the hill in a historic Williams-Honda FW11 F1 car.

Helmut Daehne, works BMW motorcycling legend and worthy winner of the Isle
of Man TT, rode his title-winning BMW R90S throughout the weekend.

Marcus Dodd, twice British Rally Champion, drove the 2003 Hyundai Accent WRC all weekend on the Forest Rally Stage.

Paddy Driver,
former TT and 500cc World Championship contender, rode a 1958 Manx Norton 500 over the weekend.

Vic Elford,
a leading talent in Sports Cars and also a Grand Prix driver, was back behind the wheel of the legendary Chaparral-Chevrolet 2J ‘sucker car’, which he raced in the 1970.

Sean Emmett, BSB team PR Branson Honda rider, took to the hill on a Suzuki
RGV500.

Gwyndaf Evans, rallying wizard who won the British Championship and also
competed in WRC events, shared a drive with Guy Wilks in the Sun Mobil 1
Ford Focus WRC car.

Tony Fall, former works BMC and Datsun rally driver, was in action in a Datsun 240Z all weekend on the Forest Rally Stage.

Gene Felton,
hero of NASCAR and TransAm racing, drove a Dodge Charger over the weekend.

Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director of the Honda F1 team, drove a Williams-Honda FW11 on Sunday.

Emerson Fittipaldi
Double F1 world champion, Indy 500 winner and 1989 Indycar champion, was reunited with the Lotus 49B in which he made his GP debut.

Marc Gene,
test driver for Scuderia Ferrari, drove the F2006 Ferrari F1 car.

Carl Fogarty,
four-times WSB Champion, took to the hill on the MV Agusta F4R 312.

Peter Gethin
Formula 1 driver for McLaren and BRM, drove a Lancia LC2 and the BRM P160 in which he achieved the fastest–Grand Prix in history, a record which stood for more than 30 years.

Stuart Graham,
one of the few men to win TT’s on two and four wheels – took to the hill on a Honda RC174, brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.

Andy Green,
holder of the World Land Speed Record, drove an Aston Martin DBR2 over the weekend.

John Haugland,
former works Skoda rally driver, drove the Skoda 130RS in which he competed in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Lewis Hamilton,
young British Formula One sensation took to the hill in the 2006 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/21 F1 car.

Peter Hardman,
renowned historic racing specialist, was as spectacular as ever, driving the Ferrari 330 P3 on the Goodwood hill.

Damon Hill,
Britain’s last Formula 1 World Champion, drove a Lotus 49B, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and took part in the Goodwood Organic Milk Cycle Race on Sunday

Ernst Hiller,
former winner of the German Street Championship, rode the BMW 500 Type 225 Kompressor.

Neil Hodgson,
former WSB Champion, rode his 2003 championship winning 999R.

Paddy Hopkirk,
British rally driver, made his debut on the Forest Rally Stage in an ex-works Mini Cooper S.

Yukio Kagayama,
WSB rider, was in action over the weekend on an Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7.

Rupert Keegan
Former F1 driver for both Hesketh and Surtees as well as World Sportscar Championship star – drove a Ford F3L up the Goodwood hill.

Christian Klien,
test driver with Honda F1 team, drove the Honda RA107 F1 car on Saturday.

David Leslie,
renowned British sports and touring car driver, was reunited with the Aston Martin AMR1 Group C car at the Festival.

Arie Luyendyk,
twice winner of the Indycar 500, was in action on the Goodwood hillclimb in the Pensk-Ilmor PC19

Ray Mallock,
renowned star of sports car racing, was reunited with the Aston Martin Nimrod C2B Group C car at the Festival.

The Earl of March,
drove a Lola T90 Indycar and was a passenger in a Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185 driven by Mr Toyota-san himself.

Nick Mason,
the Pink Floyd drummer and keen motor enthusiast, drove the Auto Union Type D from Audi Tradition.

Jochen Mass,
former Grand Prix star and Le Mans winner, drove a Mercedes-Benz W196, Sauber-Mercedes C11 and Dodge Charger over the weekend.

John McGuinness,
multiple TT winner, rode the HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR that he rode to victory in the recent Isle of Man TT.

Bob McMillan,
Honda team boss during the Joey Dunlop era, rode the RC45 on which Dunlop used to compete.

Allan McNish,
Le Mans winner and former GP star, drove the record-breaking Audi R10 diesel Le Mans car throughout the weekend.

Colin McRae,
former World Rally Champion, was in action all weekend on the Forest Rally Stage, driving his 2007 McRae R4, which debuted at the Festival.

Jeremy McWilliams,
Grand Prix rider and stalwart of motorcycle racing, rode the 2007 Ilmor X1 Moto GP bike.

Hannu Mikkola,
1983 World Rally Champion and designer of the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage, drove an Audi Quattro A2 throughout the weekend on the rally course he created, and an Audi Sport Quattro S1 'Pikes Peak' up the hill.

Rod Millen,
Kiwi hillclimbing legend and Pike’s Peak winner, drove his Toyota Tacoma Pike’s Peak car up the hill at some pace, setting the fastest time of the weekend.

Sammy Miller
The world's greatest trials rider, with an unparalleled number of victories, also a world-class road racer during the 1950s – rode a selection of bikes from his vast collection including a FB Mondial Bialbero and a Gilera Quattro.

Bill Milliken,
designer of the famous Milliken MX1 Camber Car, drove his interesting creation over the course of the weekend.

Franck Montagny,
test driver for the Toyota F1 team, took to the hill in the Toyota TF106 F1 car on Friday and Sunday.

Sir Stirling Moss,
probably Britain’s greatest-ever never to win a World Formula 1 title, drove the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in which he won the 1955 Mille Miglia, as well as the unique four-wheel drive Ferguson-Climax Project 99 F1 car.

Michele Mouton
the only female rally driver to win a WRC event and the first to win the famous ‘Pikes Peak’ International Hillclimb – drove the 1985 Audi Quattro Coupe S1 'Pikes Peak' in which she won the event.

Kazuki Nakajima
Son of Satoru Nakajima, the first ever full time F1 driver from Japan – drove the Williams-Toyota FW29 on Saturday and Sunday.

Jackie Oliver
Le Mans winner, former F1 driver and Arrows F1 team owner – drove a Porsche 917K and a McLaren M19G F1 car.

Scott Parker,
flat-track legend and nine-times winner of the AMA National Championships, rode a Harley-Davidson XR-1200 Prototype over the course of the weekend.

Riccardo Patrese,
F1's longest servant, with 256 GP starts, drove a Ferrari 246 Dino, Lancia Beta Montecarlo and Lancia LC1 up the hill.

Chris Pfeiffer,
World Stunt Champion, performed his daring stunts along the Goodwood hillclimb on his BMW F 800 S.

Andy Priaulx,
Double World Touring Car Champion, drove his 2007 BMW 320i WTCC all weekend.

Brian Redman,
former F1 driver with a brilliant career in sports cars for Ferrari and Porsche, drove the BRM P25 up the hill.

Anthony Reid,
stalwart of the British Touring Car Championship, drove a Nissan Primera BTCC and a 350Z GT500 at the Festival, the latter in which he set the fastest time of the day on Sunday.

Robert Reid
former co-driver of England’s only World Rally Champion, Richard Burns – was at the Festival throughout the weekend, managing the activities of The Richard Burns Foundation.

Bob Riggle,
All American drag racing showman, was back at Goodwood to perform mind-blowing 100-metre wheelies in the 1100bhp Plymouth Barracuda ‘Hurst Hemi Under Glass’.

Tommy Robb,
former works rider for Honda, took to the hill on a Honda RC163 throughout the weekend, brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.

Scott Russell,
five-times winner of the Daytona 200, rode the Kawasaki ZXR750 up the hill.

Michael Rutter,
BSB rider, rode the Isilon MSS Discovery Kawasaki ZX10R at the Festival this year.

Terry Rymer,
the first British rider to win a WSB race, was in action on a Loctite Yamaha OW01 at the Festival.

Carlos Sainz,
twice winner of the World Rally Championship, took to the Forest Rally Stage in a 1993 Toyota Celica GT-FOUR ST185.

Ralf Schumacher,
driver for the Toyota F1 team, drove the Toyota TF106 F1 car on Saturday.

Vern Schuppan,
1983 Le Mans 24 Hour winner and Japanese Sports Car Champion, took to the hill in a Porsche 962C and 935 'Baby' over the weekend.

Petter Solberg,
former World Rally Champion, took to the hill and the Forest Rally Stage in a Subaru Impreza WRC on Friday.

Sir Jackie Stewart,
Britain's most accomplished Champion, having lifted the F1 crown three times, drove a 1966 Lola-Ford T90 up the hill.

Marc Surer,
former F1 driver, drove the BMW Z4M Coupe over the weekend.

John Surtees
seven-times Motorcycle World Champion and F1 Champion for Ferrari, thereby the only man to win the world titles on two wheels and four – was in action in the legendary Honda RA301.

Luigi Taveri,
former works rider and TT winner took to the hill on a Honda RC145, brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.

Danny Thompson,
Bonneville speed record holder and son of the legendary Mickey Thompson- – shared a drive in the Thompson-Buick Special with Al Unser Snr.

Al Unser Snr,
four time winner of the Indy 500, took to the hill in the Thompson-Buick Special.

Bjorn Waldegård,
rallying superstar and the first-ever winner of the Drivers’ World Championship, took to the hill and the Forest Rally Stage in a Toyota Celica GT4 ST 165.

Mark Webber,
F1 driver for Red Bull Racing, took part in the Goodwood Organic Milk Cycle Race.

Guy Wilks,
leading British rally driver, shared a drive with Gwyndaf Evans in the Sun Mobil 1 Ford Focus WRC car.

Charlie Williams,
works Yamaha TT rider and multiple Isle of Man TT winner, rode the Yamaha TZ250G up the hill.

Malcolm Wilson,
Britain’s leading rally driver during the explosive Group B period in the 1980s and principal of the Ford M-Sport works rally team – drove the Ford Focus WRC on Sunday.

Matthew Wilson,
WRC driver and son of Group B star Malcolm, drove the Stobart Motor Sport Ford Focus WRC up the hill and on the Forest Rally Stage.