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Goodwood Festival of Speed ... undoubtedly the home for historic motorsport


241 Ferrari 458 GT2 s/n 2886 (2015) – Heinz Swoboda_Nicolas Minassian

241 Ferrari 458 GT2 s/n 2886 (2015) – Heinz Swoboda_Nicolas Minassian

 

Chichester, 29th of June - 2nd of July, 2017

Great Britain is very well known both for traditionalism and sportsmanship and few things combine these two key virtues just as vintage motorsport. Like Silverstone became the home of British Motorsport over the last decades it is undoubtedly Goodwood for historics. With the two major events in early summer and autumn both the hill climb in front of Goodwood house as well as the races at the motor circuit attract more people than any other classic event and might be only second to the actual British GP. But talking about the Goodwood Festival of Speed as seen two weekends ago one has to go beyond typical classic car events as it combines the best old and new, be it the huge Napier Railton Brooklands racer as a remnant of a time long gone or the latest Le Mans winning Porsche 919 victorious just a few days before still covering the dirt from La Sarthe.



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Little did the Earl of March know of the dimensions the FoS should reach in its 25th edition when the first cars drove up the driveway in front of Goodwood house in 1993 both concerning the huge crowd of spectators as well as the importance for the various manufacturers. Weeks before the actual event the preparations of the two-story displays are on their ways to present the latest cars be it the family van or the latest Supercar to the public. The Supercar run on all days showing the biggest engines and most refined technique they have on offer is one of the key features of the weekend and might even attract more people than the classic cars. Since a few years an additional day for these new cars on Thursday even gives the families the possibility the view they moving motor show at a reduced ticket price apart from the hospitality and sponsor tents of the following days.

But sometimes one might forget with all the admiration for the cars of the different brands that it is not all about the manufacturers but also about the individuals that are standing behind them and few editions made this clearer than this year’s FoS. For the first time not a manufacturer was celebrated with the big sculpture in front of Goodwood house but the lifetime achievement of Bernie Ecclestone with a 4-car display of his different stages of life that shaped Formula 1 like nobody else making the racing series of the “Garagists” the billion-dollar business it is today.

Although Ecclestone started as a driver and owner of the small Connaught team his first real input in F1 was as a manager of Jochen Rindt, the only driver to become F1 Champion posthumously. With Ecclestones talent for managing he went into becoming team owner of Brabham that had its own celebration this year at the festival with several red livered Brabham-Alfa Romeo and both the Cosworth-powered BT49 and the BMW-turbo BT52 that gave Brabham his two WDC of Nelson Piquet during this period. But even deeper goes the impact of Ecclestone taking over the commercial interests of the highest motorsport series making F1 what it is today. Over more than 4 decades Ecclestone led F1 into the business it is today not only making friends but certainly F1 would not exist in the current shape without him. After a long period of management symbolized by the Ferrari F2001 from the Schumacher era as well as the last years winning Mercedes-AMG W07 in the height of the sculpture Ecclestone finally ended his longtime F1 career just recently with the sale to liberty media. Ecclestone was present during the whole weekend and took part in the celebration of another heavyweight in F1, the 40th anniversary of the Williams F1 team. Just as many other teams the Williams team is based on the passion of a single person giving it birth and name 40 years ago: Frank Williams. Although Williams was in racing before, founding what should later become the Wolf racing team, it was the successful cooperation with Patrick Head that led to no less than 9 constructors’ championships and driver champions like Jones, Rosberg, Piquet, Mansell or Prost. Williams brought a great selection of cars including the 6-wheeler FW08B that never made it to the GP due to the upcoming restriction to 4 wheels. All the famous liveries could be seen from the early FLYsaudia, yellow-blue-white of the Honda and Renault year and the likes of Mansell and Prost to the last championship winning Rothmans-livery of Hill and Villeneuve twenty years ago. Unfortunately this also marks the last championship won but Williams is still a big part of the F1 circus, now in the famous Martini colors. Martini also celebrated their race heritage with an own paddock building, the Martini drivers club and a mouthwatering display of Lancias (rally cars and LC1/2) as well as the works Porsches 917 or 911.

Williams had their bid moment on Sunday when the cars were lined up in the assembly area and although Sir Frank did not make it to Goodwood it was Claire Williams to represent the Family business. None of the current drivers were present but Damon Hill was seen alongside Patrick Head on the group shot. As this took quite a while to set up as more and more people like Nico Rosberg came in somebody in the back assumed that this might have been the longest time Bernie Ecclestone held a smile over the last 4 decades although one had to say that he seemed rather relaxed in his retirement.

Today F1 is very much about money and there were a lot of talks about pay drivers over the last years and the latest entry in F1 is Lance Stroll who gave Williams just another podium days before the FoS. His father Lawrence is one of the financiers of the current Williams team and took the opportunity to visit Goodwood to follow his other passion: classic Ferrari.

With all the celebrations and round anniversaries one has certainly to pay tribute to the 70th of Ferrari as seen on virtually every classic car event on the planet with own displays and classes. Maybe no other individual had so much impact in motorsport like Enzo Ferrari who formed his own company in 1947 after running Alfa Romeo in his Scuderia Ferrari pre-war. Ferrari still is the only remaining F1 team that was present in every season since the start in 1950 and does attract more fans all over the world than any other F1 team. But Ferrari is not just about open wheeled cars, the racing sports cars of the last decades ranging from the reconstructed Ferrari 125 of the museum to the 512M and BBLM as shown on the hill are the most sought after examples in the market setting record after record every year. Goodwood had both a class for the open wheeled cars as well as the sports cars including the fireworks celebration midday both on Friday and Saturday when the cars where lined up in front of Goodwood house.

The early F1 history unfortunately today is represented mostly by reconstructions as Enzo Ferrari is known not to be too interested in cars that were not winning anymore and unlike the sports racing cars the dated open wheelers were less interesting for privateers and so many of them were simply scraped after their active career. So it is thanks to accurate reconstructions one could see the famous shark nose 156 as driven by Phil Hill in action today as well as the 246 Dino. Some of the most fragile and sophisticated examples where the 158/1512 both with 8 and 12 cylinder 1.5 litre engines as raced by John Surtees who was certainly missed after passing away earlier this year. Still the only champion on two and four wheels he had his own celebration including the mentioned Ferrari.

Unfortunately none of the current F1 drivers nor any of the former Champions of the Scuderia made it to Goodwood this year but to see their cars lined up certainly was a sight to be remembered in an all red assembly area.

As mentioned above Lawrence Stroll brought two of his gems with the 512M Sunoco and the famous 330 P4 that is considered as one of the most beautiful and iconic sports racer ever produced. Few people associate Jackie Stewart with Ferrari but he actually drove one of the sister cars back then and at Goodwood this year it was a rare opportunity to see him in a red car as he drove the P4 up the hill joined by Brian Redman in the 512M. After attending the Williams celebration on Sunday Stroll took the hill himself and judging the grin in his face on the way down he had as much fun as we had seeing and hearing it up the hill. Not less exciting but more regularly seen on European events were a duo of 250 GTO and 250 TR as well as two competition Daytonas. 

At the end of the weekend one has to say that no matter how often one attends the FOS it does never get boring. Although one might have seen a lot of cars in the past it is always great to see the variation on the display, something for every taste. There are spotters standing next to the hay bales that can name every single Supercar in the Michelin Supercar run as well as its power output and numbers produced on the limited editions. There are people in full team gear waiting for their favorite F1 team doing the donuts and burnouts in front of Goodwood house (Bottas and Rosberg were particularly successful in destroying the rear tires on their run) as well as those cheering to the drift cars for the smoke. Most of the entrants simply enjoy their time up the hill that is the rewards for waiting hours in line, others take the timed run very serious chasing the day’s best and few of them were as entertaining as Julian Majzub in the Bugatti T35B whose fearless run up the hill might be one of the highlight on youtube. Once the smoke cleared both from the hill climb and the forest rally stage the team of Lord March is certainly busy taking all things down while moving over to the motor circuit for the Revival in September as well as preparing next year’s FoS. Some things are decided just in the last seconds like the appearance of the almost LM winning by surprise Oreca of the Jackie Chan Racing team, others need a full year of planning. We certainly plan to be back in 52 weeks and leave you with a massive gallery of all cars on the hill climb for now.

 

Report & images ... Peter Singhof
www.ClassicCarPhotography.de

 

 

Ferrari Entry complied by Keith Bluemel

Model

Colour

Chassis #

Entrant

Class - Ferrari Single Seaters

125/166 Re-creation

Green

“TW125”

Federico Buratti

166 F1

Blue-Yellow

011F

Martin Viessmann

375 Indy “Grant Piston Ring”

Cream

GP/50/1

Louwman Museum

Lancia D50 Re-creation

Red

?

Steve Tillack

Lancia-Ferrari D50 Re-creation

Red-Green Band

?

Lord Bamford

Dino 246 F1 Re-creation

Red

BH

Tony Best

156 “Sharknose” F1 Re-creation

Red

0002

Jason Wright

156 “Sharknose” F1 Re-creation

Red

0006

Jason Wright

158 F1

Red

006

Barber Museum

1512 F1

Red

0008

Lawrence Auriana

Dino 166 F2

Red

0010

TK Mak

312 B3 F1

Red

015

Christian Knobloch

312 T F1

Red-White

?

Richard Mille

312 T5 F1

Red

042

Richard Mille

641 F1

Red

120

TK Mak

412 T1B F1

Red

155

Christian Overgaard

412 T2 F1

Red

157

Johnny Laursen

F2002 F1

Red-White

224

Henrik Lindberg

F2007 F1

Red-White

?

Scuderia Ferrari

F60 F1 (Display)

Red

279

Scuderia Ferrari

F60 F1 (Run)

Red

280

Scuderia Ferrari

Class – Ferrari Sports Cars

166 MM Touring Barchetta

Red

0040M

S. & D. Mason

750 Monza

White-Blue & Red St’s

0502M

E. Tabbachi

250 Testa Rossa

Red

0704TR

Private Collector

250 Testa Rossa 59/60

Red

0774TR

W. Connor II

330 P4

Red

0856

L. Stroll

250 GT SWB Berlinetta Comp’

Grey Met’

3005GT

L. Huni

250 GTO

Red

3757GT

N. & A. Mason

250 GTO ’64 Re-body

Red-Pale Blue

4399 GT

Lord Bamford

275 GTB

Red-RWB St’s

08213

D. Singleton

275 GTB/C

Red-Pale Blue Stripe

09035

P. Vestey

250 LM

Red

replica

J. Cottingham

365 GTB4/C

Red-Pale Blue

15681

S. & D. Mason

365 GTB4/C

Yellow

16425

J. Cottingham

512 BB Competizione

Yellow

22715

C. Kolles

512 BB/LM

Dark Green-RWB St’s

27577

Ten Tenths Ltd

512 M “Sunoco”            

Blue Met’-Yellow

1040

 

F40 LM

Red-White & Blue St’s

97893

C. Wilson

F333 SP

Red-Yellow

019

A. Rittweger

430 GT2

Red

2636

A. Pisker

458 GT2

Red-Multi

2886

H. Swoboda

488 GTE

Red-Multi

3818

AF Corse

488 Challenge

Yellow

226898

C. Froggatt

Class – Michelin Supercar Run

FXX Evo

Red-White

144881

B. Dransmann

599 XX Evo

Red Met’-Black

170886

T. Helvadjian

FXX K

Blue Met’-Black

218329

D. Mayer

California T Handling Speciale

Yellow

218637

Ferrari N. Europe

488 GTB

Orange

226643

Ferrari N. Europe

488 Spider

Blue Met’

224291

Ferrari N. Europe

GTC4 Lusso

Blue Met’

223913

Ferrari N. Europe

LaFerrari Aperta

Red

222124

Ferrari SpA

 

 

 

 

Class – Forest Rally Stage

308 GTB

Yellow

 

Tony Worswick

Cartier Style & Luxe Concours

250 GT S1 PF Cabriolet

Gunmetal

0729GT

Private Collection

250 GT LWB TdF berlinetta

Silver

1035GT

Dr Wolfgang Dietz

250 GT SWB California Spider

Grey Met’

3021GT

Private Collection

250 GT SWB Coupe Speciale

Pale Blue Met.

2821GT

Private Collection

250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Dark Blue

3107GT

Dr Conrad Ulrich

250 GT SWB Coupe Bertone

Dark Blue

3269GT

Private Collection

250 GTO

Silver-RWB Stripes

4153GT

Christian Glaesel

250 GT Lusso

Silver

4433GT

Private Collection

Enzo

Red

125308 

Karl Devine

Moving Motor Show Display

California T Handling Speciale

Red Met’

224289

Ferrari N. Europe

488 GTB

Red-Black

225505

Ferrari N. Europe

GTC4 Lusso T

Grey Met’

226540

Ferrari N. Europe

Michelin Display

458 Speciale

Red-White & Blue St’s

202607

 

GRRC Kinrara Enclosure

 

GTO (288)

Red     

56759

 

F40

Red     

85555