Lotus stars at a stunning Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Lotus stars at the Festival of Speed. 
A fantastic tribute to Lotus greets visitors to the seemingly endless display of stunning metal that made up this year’s ‘quiet’ opening day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
At the premier event for car fans, sponsor of the event, Lotus, is the star attraction with less illustrious metal such as Lotus Cortinas and Talbots mixing with numerous F1 cars – including the Lamborghini-engined 102. All took they’re turn up the famous hill climb, before parading in front of the packed crowd at Goodwood House.  
The famous British marque was also out at force for Bonhams’ Goodwood auction with an ex-Ian Burgess 1961 Lotus-Climax Type 18 Formula 1 and 2.5-litre Intercontinental Series Racing Single-seater car, being one of the highlights of the sale. It came complete with an original-period chassis and is expected to make £175-225,000. 
The ex-Rod Carveth 1962 Lotus-Buick V8 Type 19 ‘Monte Carlo’ Sports-racing roadster was another focal point of The Glacious Collection. It was created when American customers – tired of waiting for large-capacity Climax engines – began shoehorning large V8s into their Lotus 19 chassis. The car is expected to make (£150-200,000).
Also present at the sale were a 1961 Lotus Ford Type 20/22 Formula Junior Racing Single-Seater (£40-50,000), a 1963 Lotus-BMW Type 23B Sports-Racing Two-Seater (£85-125,000) and a 1963 ex-Fred Wilkinson Lotus-Ford Type 27 (£75-95,000).
Motor sport fans are well catered for with race cars from all disciplines on show from Alain Prost’s 1986 Championship-winning McLaren, one of the Lancia LC2’s that will feature at Silverstone and its biggest competitor of the time – the Porsche 956.
The Cartier Style Et Luxe showcased many ex-Royal cars varying from Land-Rovers to Rolls-Royces. A 1974 Range Rover ‘State I Royal Review Vehicle’ being one of the more peculiar cars on display, it offered a more comfortable ride than the similarly speced Royal Land-Rover and featured a repositioned exhaust, to direct fumes away from passengers, and two concealed umbrellas.
Contrasting the Range-Rover was this Daimler 4.5-litre V32 Shooting Brake. It was ordered in 1937 to coincide with King George VI’s visit to Balmoral, can accommodate ten people and features drop-down windows to allow for shooting from inside the passenger compartment.
In amongst the ex-Royal vehicles was a Lincoln Cosmopolitan Limousine ‘Bubbletop’ with a 145in wheelbase. Ford supplied the car to the US Secret Service for a nominal lease fee. Its ‘bubbletop’ wasn’t added until 1954 when President Eisenhower realised he couldn’t be seen during a rainstorm, the Queen would later travel in the limo during a Presidential Motorcade to the Whitehouse.
Modern cars were out in force with all the main manufactures making a presence felt and keen to demonstrate their heritage with Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar who were (displaying an XJ220), Mercedes (with a 300SL), BMW, Nissan, Toyota all present
Meanwhile noisier entertainment was provided by a spectacular aerobatics display from a Euro fighter.
Goodwood continues on into the weekend to find out more visit the event’s website.

A fantastic tribute to Lotus greeted visitors to the seemingly endless display of wonderful metal that made up this year’s ‘quieter’ opening day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Event-sponsor Lotus is omnipresent with cars such as Lotus Cortinas and Talbot Lotus Sunbeam mixing with numerous F1 cars – including the Lamborghini-engined 102. Each took their turn up the famous hill, before parading in front of the packed crowd at Goodwood House.

The famous Hethel marque was also out in force at Bonhams’ auction (separate report to follow) with the ex-Rod Carveth 1962 Lotus-Buick V8 Type 19 ‘Monte Carlo’ (below) one of the focal points of well-hyped Glasius Collection.

The car was created when American customers – tired of waiting for large-capacity Climax engines – began shoehorning V8s into Lotus 19 chassis and sold today for £158,000.

Motor sport fans are well catered for with race cars from all disciplines on show from Alain Prost’s 1986 Championship-winning McLaren (above), one of the Lancia LC2’s that will feature at Silverstone and its biggest competitor of the time – the Porsche 956.

The Cartier Style Et Luxe showcased solely ex-Royal cars varying from Land-Rovers to Rolls-Royces. A 1974 Range Rover ‘State I Royal Review Vehicle’ (below) being one of the more peculiar cars on display, it offered a more comfortable ride than the similarly specced Royal Land-Rover and featured a repositioned exhaust, to direct fumes away from passengers, plus two concealed umbrellas.

Contrasting the Range-Rover was this Daimler 4.5-litre V32 Shooting Brake (below). It was ordered in 1937 to coincide with King George VI’s visit to Balmoral, can accommodate 10 people and features drop-down windows to allow for shooting from inside the passenger compartment.

In amongst the ex-Royal vehicles was a Lincoln Cosmopolitan Limousine ‘Bubbletop’ (below) with a 145in wheelbase. Ford supplied the car to the US Secret Service for a nominal lease fee. Its ‘bubbletop’ wasn’t added until 1954 when President Eisenhower realised he couldn’t be seen during a rainstorm. The Queen would later travel in the limo during a Presidential Motorcade to The White House.

Modern cars were very evident with all the main manufactures having a presence. Those that also took the opportunity to display their heritage included Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar (which displayed an XJ220 below), Mercedes (with a 300SL), BMW, Nissan and Toyota.

Meanwhile noisier entertainment was provided by a spectacular aerobatics display from a Eurofighter.

Goodwood continues on into the weekend; to find out more visit the event’s website

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