With another year done and dusted, we pick our favourite moments from the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Once again glorious Goodwood failed to disappoint, with Lord March’s annual summer party celebrating in style all that’s good in the world of motoring. Looking back on the three-day event, we’ve handpicked our favourite moments:
Quintessentially British, the Jaguar D-type is a stalwart within the circle of crowd-drawers, and this weekend proved no different. The 1955 Le Mans-winner entertained with its straight-six 3.6 litre grumble when in action, and with its jaw-dropping aesthetics parked in the garage.
The Sunbeam 350HP was first raced at Brooklands in 1920. In 2015, it returned to another British heritage venue, Goodwood, along with all 18-litres of the V12 airplane-engine sat within the bows of the car.
Colin Chapman never really made an ugly car, but in 1972 the Lotus 43 became one of the most beautiful. It still looks rather nice today. Flawed by its heavy and unreliable BRM-engine, the car took only one win in 1966, perhaps with the only man capable of dragging it up to the top step of the podium, Jim Clark.
The Ford RS200 Pikes-Peak was one of the stars of the hillclimb time-attack in 2015, finishing in the top five at its debut Festival of Speed. The original car became obsolete after just one year of rally competition following a safety ruling by the FIA, however a much bigger engine and improved aero has seemingly brought the ugly duckling back from the dead via the Pikes Peak-treatment,
The Fiat S76 remains reminiscent of something Dick Dastardly and Mutley forgot to draw - yet it’s that bonkers-side that continues to turn heads. Built in 1911, the ‘beast of Turin’ was brought back to life in 2014 after more than a century of redundancy.
America’s most decorated racing driver Richard Petty again returned to Goodwood this weekend along with his 1970 Plymouth Superbird. The first Nascar ever to average 200mph around Talladega Speedway, the Superbird and Petty’s inclusion as Goodwood was spectacular as ever, epitomising the diverse range of cars from each corner of the globe that descend on Kent once a year.
Off the beaten-track at Goodwood was the annual forest rally stage, with one of this years highlights being the Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.3s. Beautiful from all angles, the Fulvia was one of the prettiest Lancia’s ever built, if not its most successful rally car. That said, it rubber-stamped the Italian marque’s move from Formula 1 to rallying in 1965, starting a chain of Lancias that would win no less than seven world titles - the first coming from the Fulvia.