The 2016 edition of Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated the ‘Endless Pursuit of Power’ and 100 years of BMW. It was the 24th annual edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed founded by Lord March (Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara DL). In case you are wondering, DL stands for Deputy Lieutenant: a Crown appointment and one of several deputies to the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex. He is heir-apparent to the 10th Duke of Richmond and President of the British Automobile Racing Club, Patron of the TT Riders Association and an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers Club.
His grandfather, the 9th Duke of Richmond, opened the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948 within the 12,000 acre Goodwood estate. The circuit held its last race meeting in 1966. The revived Goodwood Festival of Speed is a Hill Climb race held in the grounds of Goodwood House instead of the motor circuit. It has 9 turns over 1.86 km (1.18 miles) and the lap record (41.6 seconds), set in 1999, is held by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car.
BMW is the featured brand this year to celebrate its 100th anniversary celebrations.
The ‘Goodwood Central Feature’ sculpture is always done by Gerry Judah, who has designed them since 1997.
This year’s sculpture is generally considered the best ever but the choice of the BMW 328 Mille Miglia, the 1983 Brabham-BMW BT52 Formula 1 car and 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR were nigh on perfect. Littlehampton Welding Ltd did the construction and here are their beautiful results.
Many automotive racing giants such as John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Carl Fogarty, Keanu Reeves, Patrick Dempsey, Ross Brawn and seven F1 teams attended the Festival alongside visitors capped at 150,000 people for public safety reasons. Martin Brundle drove Button’s championship-winning Brawn BGP 001, not seen running since 2009, up the hill.
Luxury watch brands like TAG Heuer, Chopard and Cartier were there as official timekeepers or friends of the festival. As time-keeping partners of Porsche Motorsport, Chopard was represented at the Porsche Café Le Mans by their ambassadors and Porsche drivers. Race-winning Porsche 917 and 919 cars were seen, as were drivers Brendon Hartley (Chopard Ambassador) and Marc Lieb.
Driver: C. Eastwood. Did Clint Eastwood travel to Goodwood from California? 🙂
No; it was one of our local boys.
Porsche Carrera Cup Scholar, Charlie Eastwood, continued his debut season with wins and drove at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016. “I’m now looking forward to seeing where I am against the big boys in the Supercup race at Silverstone and I’ve got Goodwood this weekend, so I’m keeping myself busy!” – Charlie Eastwood.
He drove his Porsche 911 GT3 to 5th position in the hill climb and was spotted wearing the new Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Automatic SPEED BLACK watch launched this year.
The new Porsche 911R was raced up the hill climb at the Festival of Speed. With over 500 bhp and a manual gearbox in a lightweight machine, it made for a hairy ride. The driver still makes a difference so the Porsche GT3 still came out on top.
Amongst other supercars seen was a McLaren P1 GTR in the colours of late F1 champion James Hunt, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hunt’s world championship.
An Aston Martin Vulcan and a Konigsegg One:1 (1341 bhp) were also spotted; they were both in keeping with the theme of “the endless pursuit of power”.
Goodwood 2016: a Good Time was Had by All.