Technical marvel stuns the Goodwood Festival of Speed crowds

| 2 Jul 2012

An astonishing time from the March-Cosworth 2-4-0 was the highlight of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed as Jeremy Smith drove the six-wheeled F1 car that never was to a time of 52.13 secs taking 8th place on its debut visit to the Sussex festival.

A Leyton House-Judd CG901B took the number-one spot with the fastest average time (over two runs) for the weekend, flying up the famous hill in 45:74 secs in the hands of Gary Ward.  It would be left to an historic Le Mans car to take second place, in the form of a Jaguar XJR8/9. The aerodynamic big cat was gunned up the hill by Justin Law with an average time of 46.94 secs.

Other classics also made their presence felt among the modern metal of the top 10, with a Lotus-Cosworth 76 grabbing 7th (51.74 secs) driven by Andrew Beaumont, and a Ferrari 712 driven by Paul Knapfield coming in 9th (52.13 secs).

Rally fans were well catered for, too, with rallying greats such as the Mini, Lancia 037, Ford’s RS200 and Mk2 Escort, Porsche's 911, and plenty more attacking the rally stage at the top of Goodwood hill.

The event’s paddock areas gave visitors a rare opportunity to get up close to some famous machinery, with event sponsor Lotus bringing a particularly comprehensive line-up of its cars, which included everything from the Lotus Elite to the Lotus-Cosworth 79.

Meanwhile, glamour was provided in spades by the Cartier Style et Luxe. It celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee, bringing together a never-seen-before collection of Royal-owned cars that included a 1929 Daimler Double Six 30hp Brougham and a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

They shared space with Royal working cars such as a unique coachbuilt 1956 Ford Zephyr Estate and 1961 Vauxhall Cresta Friary Estate – used to transport Her Majesty’s corgi dogs – plus personal cars such as the Queen’s Rover P5 and Prince Philip’s 1961 Alvis TD21.

It would be an Aston Martin DB6 Volante, owned by Prince Charles and immortalised by William and Kate as they drove down the Mall in it after their wedding, which would be the judges’ pick.

Despite some detail changes – and even the conversion to run on biofuel – the Prince of Wales’ 21st Birthday present from his mother was a clear winner.

Arguably even more glamorous was the Bonhams sale, which we’ve covered extensively. It left a trail of records broken with more than four cars passing the million-pound mark, raising more than £22million in the process. Top sale of the day went to the mighty ex-Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin 1929 4 ½-litre supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley single-seater that sailed past an eye-watering £5million.Modern car fans were catered for, too, but most manufacturers took the heritage-rich Goodwood event to make as much of their past as the future with older models on show on many stands.

Meanwhile, others gave the opportunity to take part in the action with visitor-participating pit stops or drive sessions in Porsche Cayennes and mini-motos, but

Possibly most exciting off all was the near-to-event-close display from the RAF’s latest acquisition – the Eurofighter – that demonstrated its ability to pull-off its trademark supersonic and subsonic manoeuvring