As the sun comes up on the 25th Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, early visitors were saluted by a creation by sculptor Gerry Judah, this year jointly presented by Goodwood and Formula 1 in celebration of the extraordinary life and career of Bernie Ecclestone.
The work is in recognition of the ‘The Five Ages of Ecclestone’; five defining eras of Bernie’s career, as a driver, manager, team owner, impresario and quite simply as a legend of the sport. Each age is portrayed by a different car.
New FoS Future Lab An Instant Hit at Goodwood
FoS Future Lab was created to showcase cutting-edge technology from automotive and aviation sectors.
Among the most popular exhibits inside FoS Future Lab are three different flying car concepts – the PAL-V gyrocopter design, joint Italdesign / Airbus quadcopter and VRCO’s NeoXCraft, which has vertical take-off and landing capability.
Prancing Horses break into a gallop
The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is celebrating 70 years of this iconic marque with an array of sports-racing and GT cars taking to the hill over the weekend as part of a standalone class. They span models as diverse as the 1947 125S, the first Ferrari ever to win a race, to the latest 488 Challenge.
If you like your racing cars big, brash and ballistic, the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed has you covered. The Americana class is honouring the fastest and most extreme cars ever to turn a wheel in anger on race tracks in the USA. Wildest of them all, however, is the tyre-frying Rat Trap dragster.
The Peaks of Bravery class honours the heroes of the early days of motor sport, when drivers risked everything in town-to-town races. Cars venturing up the famous course this morning included Ben Lohr’s 1902 Mercedes Simplex 40HP which, at 6.2-litres, is a baby compared to Martin Viessmann’s 12.8-litre 1908 Mercedes Grand Prix. Neither of these can, however, match Duncan Pittaway’s 1911 Fiat S76 for heft and sheer drama. The ‘Beast of Turin’ is equipped with a vast 28.5-litre aeroplane engine which produces around 300bhp.
Supercars storm the hill
An unrepeatable array of exotica took to the hillclimb this afternoon during the ever-popular Michelin Supercar Run. Ferrari came out in force with super-rare hardware such as the 2009 FXX Evo and more recent LaFerrari Aperta. Not to be outdone, Aston Martin put on a show with five models including the awe-inspiring AMR Pro which made its public debut at the Festival of Speed on Friday.
Nico burns rubber
Reigning Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg put on a tyre-shredding display aboard a 2014 Mercedes-Benz F1 WO5 Hybrid. The German was on stellar form, and said later: “It’s a special day for me. I love it here. I’ve been to the Festival maybe eight times, but this time it’s different and awesome to be here as World Champion.”