There’s much more to the Goodwood Festival of Speed than just the Formula 1 cars.
Here’s a collection of my ten favourite non-F1 cars at the show this year, including some stunning Alfa Romeos, an Indianapolis 500-winning Lotus and more.
This is the very car that Jim Clark won the 1965 Indianapolis 500 with. He missed that year’s Monaco Grand Prix to enter the race – something that would be unthinkable today.
Even more remarkably, he still won the world championship despite having missed that round. Jackie Stewart did much of the driving in the car this weekend.
Alfa Romeo 155 Touring Cars
Alfa Romeo are celebrating their centenary this year, which explains why there are so many of their cars at Goodwood.
In the mid-nineties the company was active in several touring car championships. The 155 was campaigned in the British championship, winning in 1995, and also the German DTM series.
That became the short-lived ITC in 1996, where the teams enjoyed much greater technical freedom, as it clear to see in the vastly more sophisticated aerodynamics of the ITC racer. Unfortunately spiralling costs killed the ITC.
Mercedes CLK LM
Mark Webber won’t be in a hurry to get re-acquainted with this one. He suffered a huge crash in this car, flipping it over at Le Mans in 1999.
But unlike his Valencia crash last week, Webber could do nothing to avoid that accident. The car’s unstable aerodynamics caused it to flip over at top speed.
Alfa Romeo 164 Procar
The ultimate Q-car? This 164 was built by Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham team as a prototype for a new racing series he intended to set up using F1 engines in saloon car silhouette bodies.
Only the fat racing slicks, rear spoiler and engine starter inlet hint at the gigantic power on tap in this racing car. Other manufacturers were cool on the idea and Procar, intended as an F1 support series, never took off.
Audi R15 TDi
Audi scored a surprise one-two-three finish at Le Mans this year with their diesel T15-plus, mainly by out-lasting the rival Peugeot 908s, all four of which retired during the race.
BMW M3 GT2
A smashing livery on this GT2-spec M3 which won the Nurburgring 24 Hours earlier this year.
Mercedes 300SLR ‘Uhlenhaut Coupe’
At the same time Mercedes were dominating Grand Prix racing in the mid-fifties, similar technology propelled them to the front of sports car racing.
This road-going car was based on their SLR sports car, built in coupe form and used by designer Rudolf Uhlenhaut. Only two examples exist.
Alfa Romeo SE 048 SP
Three years later than the Procar, another unraced Alfa Romeo. This was built to contest the 1991 world sports car championship but when the team took it testing they found it was far off the pace and never raced it.
Few of the other teams could keep up with Jaguar’s XJR14, so that was probably a smart decision. It’s a pity it didn’t go as well as it looks.
Speaking of which, here is that XJR14. Ross Brawn designed the car, taking advantage of the sports car rule book to build a machine that was little more than an F1 car with a few concessions to sports car regulations.
It left their rivals – including the works Mercedes team featuring up-and-coming driver Michael Schumacher – unable to compete.
It’s too soon to say whether the McLaren’s MP4-12C will one day be thought of as fondly as its previous road car, the F1, which was formerly the world’s fastest production car.
As it’s not intended to rival its famous forebear in outright performance, perhaps it will not become as celebrated. But its importance for one of F1′s most successful teams cannot be understated.
As McLaren and Mercedes prepare to go their separate ways, the MP4-12C leads McLaren’s efforts to become a major performance car manufacturer in its own right.
Lewis Hamilton took a passenger ride up the hill one of the awkwardly-named cars on Sunday.
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