Goodwood preview day dazzles and delights

| 14 Mar 2012

Goodwood launched its season with a galaxy of stars and a mass of superb machinery today (14 March).

The media day for the privileged few has now become an event in itself and was believed to have more machinery on display than ran up the hill at the inaugural Festival of Speed in 1993.

The shame, of course, is that the enthusiasts who helped to make that event and the Revival such a success, some of whom do complain that the original atmosphere has been smothered by the theatre and the crowds, could not be at this event to see that that spirit of Goodwood is alive and well.

Even at the press day there was more entertainment than in previous years with many elements of the Revival meeting incorporated: a bus-load of period-dressed schoolkids, a 1950s-style band, Goodwood House's Egyptian Room decked out like a war room.

The main themes of both the 2012 Festival of Speed and Revival were represented by wonderful displays of Lotus F1 cars (the Lotus-Lamborghini 102 below), Cobras, Barry Siddery-Smith's MGB and even Paul Vestey's Ferrari 1962 GTO.

Sponsors were out in force with modern machinery, but as always it was overshadowed by the classics.

Obviously, today's event was held solely to provide an insight into what's coming at the Festival of Speed and the Revival, but we'll bring you separate reports on that because we believe this gathering is worthy of its own story.

Here are some more photos.

Daytona Cobra gets ready to burn gravel outside Goodwood House

Ford RS200

Auto Union Type C  hillclimber

Royal cars will be a core theme of the Cartier Style et Luxe in Jubilee year

Spectacular Alfetta t158/9

Gorgeous Tour de France looked to have hand-painted sills

Lotus 88B, the first and only twin chassis F1 car

Cosworth-powered Lotus 76 with its distinctive twin-wing set-up

Did you have the model of this? Then you can buy it at Bonhams' Festival of Speed auction

Lotus Cortina with Clark, Sears and Whitmore history

Bob Berridge's awesome sounding 1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9

Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica

The names on the side of this 250GT SWB are Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez

Also coming up at Bonhams, the 1908 Itala Grand Prix

1963 BMW-powered Lotus 23B, one of just three built