Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​2015: the automotive passion is still alive

I expected to be impressed by this annual event in England, a rating of race, during my first visit to Goodwood Estate. I rather was overthrown by his incredible folly.

After all, the celebration of speed and cars and motorcycles noisily powerful it should not be considered as being a politically incorrect absurdity? Absolutely. However, the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​is the finger has social responsibility, at least, time for a weekend a year.

One type of sporting event, dimension races existed for over 100 years in Europe. It”s simple, in fai: drivers travel upward and winding road while attempting to register the fastest time. However, at Goodwood, it”s not everyone who rolled his foot to the floor, and for very good reasons.

Here, every year, a epoustouflant rally cars, trucks and motorcycles appeared at the Festival of Speed, and most of them go up the coast in front of thousands – er, tens of thousands – of friendly and happy spectators .

Of private collectors bring their precious cars, manufacturers arrive with their sports car ranges, and famous pilots of the past and the present are also participating in the event. Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Chevrolet, Ford, Bentley, Koenigsegg, Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Toyota – to name a few – are all of the party”s Goodwood.

Being a connoisseur of fine automotive machinery – well, rather a tripeux tanks – which points to the Festival of Speed ​​for the first time, I was stunned. The first time, I tried to figure out how to finish the day without running out of batteries, memory cards and breath. Several things happen at the same time, and every time I turned your back on the track, a super powerful car spun a full speed and I missed. Although with the number of spectators present along the barricades, if you are not standing on an elevated surface, you will not see much. Buy a ticket to sit in the stands is proving a very useful expense, unlike the T-shirt that I bought remember, I did not believe that a pound is equivalent to two current Canadian dollars.

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Walking through the paddock or the various cars come and go, the evil brulee gasoline smell, shredded tires and clutches overheating fills have: a very fragrant bouquet for car lovers! In order to please everyone, all kinds of cars, trucks and motorcycles are on display or train to climb the odds. Rally cars, Group B racing cars and Group C of the F1 single-seaters, NASCAR racing cars, drift cars, endurance cars, racing motorcycles, Baja trucks, and even of supercars concepts are there. Some freshly outputs of the factory machines are one of their first public appearances in Goodwood, such as the Porsche Boxster Spyder and the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf.

The theme of the Festival of Speed ​​this year is Flat-Out and fearles: racing on the edge, highlighting the drivers and the most dramatic moments in the history of motor racing. The visitors were even able to live some magical moments on site, such as Sir Stirling Moss climbing the odds in a Mercedes-Benz W196 and Jackie Stewart making even driving a W196 Streamliner. Richard Petty in the famous 1970 Plymouth Superbird blue. Ken Block boucanant the crowd in his Ford Mustang Hoonicorn, a beast of 845 horses. Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP 2015 the series. Nissan JUKE NISMO who climbed the coast complete on two wheels. And many more.

Alas, the Festival of Speed ​​is also the theater of accidents, breakdowns and fireballs. For example, when the Toyota Camry NASCAR driver Patrick Friesacher caught fire while trying to entertain by performing a great show smudge, then continue his rise from the coast in a pinkish smoke cloud. This seems oddly me set the stage. Which probably was not planned, it was a race car Mazda 767B 1989 Jaguar XJR RRV, a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo and a Toyota Tundra NASCAR who all skidded to finish their race in the hay barricades. It destroyed a budget, but mostly an ego …

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I could even talk at length about the experience of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but I epuiserais you. If you are planning a vacation in Europe next summer, you should consider to England, since this event should be on the list of things to do for any car lover. Finally, I have just scratch mine.