Welcome to Heaven: Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​2013

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Goodwood House. Chichester. About 60 to 70 miles from Heathrow Airport, UK. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is the 20th anniversary of what I now consider a must-see pilgrimage site for any motor enthusiast. It’s my first year at Goodwood. Ahead, a whole weekend watching, listening, touching … all those cars that we have ever dreamed of. Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren… I think it’s heaven.

It’s Friday. I won’t be entering Goodwood for the first time until Saturday. On Sunday I will repeat, but now it’s time to get to our accommodation, driving in the opposite direction to the traffic that already leaves the Goodwood parking lot. The traffic jam in the opposite lane could not be more worthy of admiration … A couple of Lotus Elise, Porsche, a lot of Porsche, a few Ferrari FF, the occasional Lamborghini in smaller numbers … and BMW M3, Audi RS or Subaru Impreza STI as utilitarian of the assistants. You already breathe passion. There is a festival atmosphere.

And is that Goodwood is the closest thing to a music festival in the motor world. Show in various stages. In this case, the main track, a dirt area dedicated to the rally and the different paddocks where, in addition to the presence of several car firms, you can see how the cars that will later hit the track are being tuned or enjoy between the different positions of food and merchandising … ranging from T-shirts of your favorite F1 team to Formula 1 parts collected in a circuit in the world after some mishap … passing through a table made with part of a Lamborghini engine or molds of those used by Pininfarina in their designs.

It is the closest thing to a music festival that is related to our passion … and the atmosphere says a lot about the culture for the car that is breathed in the United Kingdom. The festival site is full. All tickets sold. And it is packed with audiences of all ages. Women and men, children and the elderly …

Entering the festival site for the first time is not knowing where to look. Next to you the prototype of a supercar that deluded some adolescent child back in the 80’s. A little further on, a whole Ferrari F40. In the background, a spectacular Lamborghini Countach in orange … possibly not the most exclusive of those present … but certainly with an aura, with a charm … that overshadows the Bugatti Veyron that rests on the grass beside it. It is first thing in the morning, they are cleaning them after having spent the night in the open. There is no problem in approaching, touching, peeking inside … and even more so if we talk about modern supercars.

The McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder … only the Ferrari LaFerrari missed the party and that is because those from Maranello were more present among the classics than among modern cars, although there, along with the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series the Ferrari was parked SP12 EC by Eric Clapton. Those who could not miss the appointment were the British … and it is that in this 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​Aston Martin and Jaguar were very present.

One signature next to the other in the Michelin paddock, sharing a shadow with the new Porsche 911 GT3, with the Pagani Huayra or the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster among many other illustrious ones, they wore their best clothes in the form of two concept supercars, the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept, taking charge of reviving the Aston Martin DBR1 and the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Concept, tasked with taking the Jaguar F-Type to a new dimension, tasked with giving the new Jaguar roadster a classic touch, the scent of Goodwood. The scent of passion, a la British, for motorsport. Both, side by side, fully accessible, ready to be fingered by attendees, ready to be admired. It is a pleasure that brands, in an event full of people, leave their latest creations in such an accessible way.

But beyond the huge cast of sports cars, classics, racing cars, posing in each of the different paddocks, there is a central dance floor where you can truly enjoy each and every one of them. With a perfect organization. Even being tens of thousands of people. With a perfect setting where even straw bales collaborate in that atmosphere, in that hotbed of passion for motorsport. It is spectacular to be able to enjoy the jewels that they won at Le Mans, the classic Formula 1 jewels. The most diverse classics … burning rubber, burning gasoline … putting the soundtrack to the festival … and all this while sharing a table with Allan McNish, 3 times Le Mans champion, with Freddie Spencer or Randy Mamola, as you see Hamilton enter his hospitality in the background, Grosjean jumping one of the fences to go faster from one side to another or Sergio Perez, signing autographs before getting to the controls of the McLaren-Cosworth M23 1974.

The asphalt layout, narrow to the point of being the most talked about among the drivers with whom we have the opportunity to share a conversation, looks like the catwalk of some great fashion show … McLaren, displaying all its racing jewels of the last decades. A good presence of modern and classic cars. Porsche with their Le Mans cars, with the new 911, with the new 911 GT3. Roadster shining under the sun of an England that seemed well Mediterranean. The McLaren 12C Spider, the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, the Maserati GranCabrio, the Lotus Exige Roadster… shows for all tastes and collections for all generations.

A small blue pellet, the Renault Twin’Run Concept, makes its way through the straw bales. The Skoda Octavia RS also does the same. Peugeot does not fail with the Peugeot RCZ R and Caterham also takes the new Caterham 620R for a walk, with its corresponding 311 horses, all without forgetting the Citroën DS3 Cabrio R. Goodwood is not only competition, it is not only classics or supercars … Goodwood is also a perfect setting, far from the usual motor shows, where you can bring out your latest sports innovations … something that we will surely see used by more and more brands in the next years.

Nissan was not lacking, which, how could it be otherwise, was represented by Nismo. Neither Audi nor BMW. Bentley was not lacking. Toyota was not lacking with the GT 86 Y FT 86 Open concept as protagonists. Mercedes was not lacking with a good cast of AMG, Lotus or Caterham either, totally “in their sauce” … and there was a small Mexican manufacturer, Vühl, willing to stand up to the KTM X-Bow with the Vühl 05. 285 horses, 725 kg and about 70,000 euros also debuting at Goodwood.

Data sheet

  • Motor 2.0 Ford Ecoboost
  • Power 285 horses
  • Maximum torque 420 Nm
  • Weight 725 kg
  • 0 to 100 km / h 3.7 seconds
  • Price 70,000 euros


Planes flying over the festival sky. Good weather. Live music. Food. Beers “made in Goodwood” … and the roar of the engines. All this in a perfect conjunction. My first year at Goodwood. My first weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed… and I’m sure it won’t be many more years until I get back.

Every passion, in this case our passion for motorsports, needs figures to admire. You need places of worship. You need “save parties” like the Monaco Grand Prix or the 24 Hours of Le Mans. If we already had hell with the Nürburgring, Goodwood might as well be heaven. A heaven to which of course I totally recommend going to any motor enthusiast. It is not very common to be able to enjoy classics in perfect condition, old legends of the competition, current Formula 1 and classics, motorcycles … along with the latest commercial novelties and concepts cars … all also far from the walls of a living room. automobile, in the hills of Chichester. Goodwood, the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​… is heaven for all motor enthusiasts.

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