Goodwood Festival of Speed – Saturday 25 June 2016

Catching up with an event from the ‘summer’, the theme for this year’s Festival of Speed was ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’. Centred around a hill-climb through the estate, current and historic motor racing cars, bikes and drivers hurtled up the tight course which passes Goodwood House and the BMW central feature sculpture. The modern cars included Formula 1 teams and 2016 season drivers or test drivers, plus others from the more recent past. Also on show were the motoring industry’s latest models, from family hatch-backs to the fastest supercars – all looking for customers. Although the weather looked promising in the morning, it soon closed in to become overcast and wet.


Goodwood Festival of Speed – Central Feature – 27 June 2014

Every year of the FoS is marked by the construction of a central feature, or sculpture, positioned in front of Goodwood House. For 2014 it was the turn of Mercedes-Benz to celebrate 120 years in motor sport with the unveiling of the largest feature to date, which for the first time arched right over the house and required that it was evacuated for safety whilst assembly took place using a number of heavy lift cranes. Designed by Gerry Judah with structural engineering by Capita and Littlehampton Welding, the sculpture measures 45 metres in length, rises 26 metres in the air and weighs 160 tonnes.

The two cars that appear to be passing each other over the house are a replica of a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W 25 Silver Arrow, and a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04 – the same chassis raced by Lewis Hamilton in fifteen Grands Prix in 2013. Together, the W25 and the F1 W04 show the first – and currently last – of the eight-cylinder Silver Arrows Grand Prix racers, spanning eighty years of motor racing. The roof and balcony of Goodwood House also make perfect vantage points for the airshow commentary and control personnel.DSC_1457-FOS-27-6-14-PhilWhalley DSC_1464-FOS-27-6-14-PhilWhalley DSC_1460-FOS-27-6-14-PhilWhalley DSC_1634-FOS-27-6-14-PhilWhalley DSC_2943-FOS-27-6-14-PhilWhalley