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Goodwood – A revhead’s heaven

Goodwood is revhead heaven.

The best of past motorsport heroes (both in terms of driver, rider and car, bike), iconic road cars, the latest and greatest models all drive through the grounds of Goodwood House in a major celebration of motoring.

In fact, it was Australian Tony Gaze who suggested the Goodwood airfield should be used to replace the legendary Brooklands circuit.

One of two events held at Goodwood each year, the Festival of Speed uses the hill climb course where many famous road, rally, sports and touring cars race up the famous stretch of tarmac.

This year was no exception as an EV, the McMurty Speirling set the record for fastest time up the hill climb in a 39.08s with Max Chilton behind the wheel. Other manufacturers such as Fisker, Genesis, Hispano Suiza and more represented the latest in electric technology.

A major celebration was held for Nigel Mansell in acknowledgement of the 30th anniversary of his only Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship. Mansell drove both his Ferrari 369 V12 and the Williams FW14B he won the title in back in 1992.

An ex-Walkinshaw Racing VE Commodore also competed in the hill climb in the hands of Ric Wood proved a popular entrant as it roared up the course.

A BMW-powered March 782 Formula 2 finished third outright in the hill climb behind the McMurty and a Porsche 718 GT4 ePerformance driven by factory driver Richard Lietz.

One of the more popular moments of the Goodwood Festival of Speed was the scene of Qyane Rainey returning to ride his championship winning Yamaha YZR500 alongside former rivals Mick Doohan and Kevin Schwantz. Also joining the trio was former team manager of the Yamaha squad and champion rider Kenny Roberts.

Another highlight was Goodwood’s 50th year celebration of BMW’s M performance brand.

Enjoy these images from the event.