The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a terrific event which brings together classic and contemporary racing cars along with their drivers in a summer tea party setting. I look forward to it every year.
But the DVD review, though packed with great footage of the cars and lots of interviews, is a slightly odd proposition.
Motor sport DVDs usually tell the story of a racing season. This disc, which contains footage from this year’s four-day Goodwood Festival of Speed, hasn’t got a story to tell as such.
It doesn’t help matters that the main programme appears to have been transferred straight from the television broadcast.
Presenter Matt Dawson (a oddly-cast former rugby player) introduces the programme by telling us we’ve all “overdosed on football” – a reference that might have made sense when the World Cup was on but not four months later.
Co-presenter Holly Samos (of BBC’s F1 coverage) seems far more at home. I’d have paired her with someone like Tony Jardine, who does superb interviews with drivers during the Festival.
There are some excellent mini-features – particularly the one on Jim Clark’s Indianapolis 500-winning Lotus 35, a real star of this year’s show.
I would like to have seen more material like this: interviews with stars of the past and the stories behind the oodles of great cars on show. Too many of the interviews follow the same “ooh-what-a-lovely-day-isn’t-it-nice-to-see-the-fans” script.
The main programme is bolstered by an extensive collection of extras including footage of all the cars heading up the hill complete with the original live commentary. This is some of the best material on the disc.
There’s nothing particularly bad about the review – excluding perhaps the cliche-ridden commentary on the timed hill runs. On the whole it suffers from being a tricky event to commit to film.
Sky’s live coverage of the event this year was very good and it’s a shame more of the content from that hasn’t made its way onto the DVD.
At times it feels like an extended advert for the event itself. Given the choice of spending my money on the DVD review or buying a ticket for next year’s Festival, I’d plump for the latter every time.
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