On the vast land of the Goodwood House, an enormous manor in West Sussex, England and seat of the Duke of Richmond, each year the Goodwood Festival of Speed is held. The festival, generally abbreviated simply to Goodwood, is a showcase for automotive majesty. From beautiful classic cars of bygone eras, to the absolute cutting edge of the auto industry, festival-goers are treated to some of the most enthralling and jaw-dropping scenes that the world of cars can offer. The 2018 festival marked 25 years of Goodwood wildness, and it was as good as ever – in fact, it may have been the most action packed and headline-making Goodwood yet. Here are the top Goodwood moments that you should know about.
Land Rover 70th Anniversary Parade
In celebration of 70 years of glorious existence in the world of car making, Land Rover launched a parade celebrating its illustrious history. With 70 Land Rovers, each decade of Land Rover’s existence was represented in the caravan, which made its way up the famous Goodwood Hill in exultant fashion. The 70-car bunch was the highest number of cars to ever take to the hill at the same time. Land Rover also commemorated their history by sending their fastest ever Defender Works V8 up the Hill on its own. Land Rover and stunt driver Terry Grant also captured the Guinness world record for longest drive while balancing on two wheels. Grant managed to balance on the Range Rover Sport SVR’s side for an entire 2 minutes 24 seconds.
Porsche 70th Anniversary Parade
Not to be outdone by Land Rover, Porsche also sought to celebrate its 70th anniversary in style. Porsche also brought some of its most historically important vehicles to the track in celebration of its seven decades of history. The 919 Hybrid Evo that broke the Nürburgring lap record, numerous 356 Speedsters including the legendary ‘No.1’ Roadster, made it onto the track in a wonderful procession of Porsche’s from the company’s history. Watch a video of the parade below.
Bullitt Car chase Reenacted
The legendary original Mustang Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt made its way onto the Goodwood Hill. But it wasn’t there for some slow trot to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Instead, it recreated a scene from the legendary movie, always considered one of the greatest car chase scenes of all time. The legendary, dark green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback was also accompanied by the original 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum that Steve McQueen tailed in epic fashion. This was a live-action recreation of a true piece of auto and cinematic history.
James Bond Car Sells to Espionage Museum
Goodwood is also a place of business. Big time deals go down each year at the Festival, where some of the most famed cars are auctioned and sold to deep-pocket collectors. This year, a true Bond car was sold to Spyscape espionage museum, a museum that exhibits spy gear in New York City. The Aston Martin DB5, which was driven by Pierce Brosnan in 1997’s Goldeneye was sold to the museum for around $2.3 million. Spyskape will offer fans the chance to enter the contest and ride in the DB5, as the famous chase scene from the legendary Bond movie is recreated by stunt drivers.
Siemens Autonomous Mustang Gets A DUI
Engineers at Siemens created the first fully autonomous car to take to the Hill Climb at Goodwood by outfitting a 1965 Ford Mustang with sensor technology. The pony car was adorned with tech that, in theory, would allow it to navigate the Goodwood hill expertly, with the deft and skill of a full-fledged race car driver. That’s not exactly what happened. Instead, the car’s path went slightly awry, to the delight of onlookers (and the chagrin of the Siemens team) who could witness the cabin-view from live streams on the big screens all around the Festival.
Wild Porsche Sculpture
The parade that Porsche launched for its anniversary was not their only contribution to this year’s Goodwood Festival. Hired by the German car company, UK-based artist and designer Gerry Judah, who created a large Porsche sculpture for Goodwood 2015, created a memorable and totally whacky 170-foot sculpture to celebrate Porsche. With seven sharp tips, six of which are mounted with classic Porsches, the impaled cars are some of the most legendary models in the German car manufacturer’s history. The sculpture features the Porsche 917, the endurance racer Steve McQueen drove in Le Mans, the 959 Rally Porsche that took first place at the 1987 Paris Dakar rally, as well as the 918 Spyder, the 2015 Porsche 919 Le Mans Prototype and the 911R from 2016.
Volkswagen ID R Smashes EV Record
The dawn of electric cars is upon us, and nowhere was that truth more evident than at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed. Fresh off its victory at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, the Volkswagen Electric Hypercar ID R shattered the Goodwood Hillclimb record, with a lightning quick time of 43.86 sec up the 1.1-mile course. Romain Dumas, the multiple-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance race, piloted the near-700 HP EV to victory. It wasn’t without challenge, however; the Nio EPG nearly caught the I DR with an equally impressive time of 44.32 seconds up the hill, narrowly losing to the VW. Watch the full “Shootout” Hillclimb below.
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