For the 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the organisers are trying something special – on Sunday 14th the event will be broadcast live on Goodwood’s Storystream page.
The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed is the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, but that doesn’t stop other marques playing a starring role in the event.
It’s also McLaren’s 50th, Lamborghini’s 50th, Le Mans’ 90th, Martini’s 150th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of the World Rally Championship (WRC).
Most prominent reminder is from Porsche, which features in the ‘Central Sculpture’ outside Goodwood House. The display which contains an original 911, 1973 2.7 RS, and the latest Type 991 Carrera 4 shows the evolution of the iconic sports coupé and was designed by acclaimed artist and sculptor Gerry Judah (the man responsible for most of the previous displays).
Goodwood is mostly about seeing priceless cars being driven enthusiastically up the hill, but there’s also plenty of new machinery this year worthy of your attention. Top of the bill is McLaren’s P1, shown in stealth black – it’s acceleration off the start-line is really a sight to behold.
The P1 is joined in the Michelin Supercar Run by the Porsche 918 Spyder and the still-born Jaguar C-X75. Listen out for the Jaguar’s 1.6-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine, it revs to a little over 10,000rpm and sounds like no other four-cylinder engine we’ve ever heard. Glorious.
Other models to catch our eye were Renault Twin’Run, which sounds louder than many a race car, Jaguar’s Project 7, Alfa’s 4C and the new Mercedes A45 AMG.
Elsewhere at the Festival of Speed, Soap Box racing returns for a few demonstrations runs – this was a mainstay of the Festival between ’00 and ’04 but gradually became squeezed out of the schedule.
Coincidentally the Red Bull Soapbox Race is on at Alexander Palace, London this Sunday and features Johnny Herbert and Ted Kravitz (from Sky F1) and Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner.
You can follow the live timing and updates from the race over at the official redbull.com page.