Goodwood Festival of Speed
It would be a waste to focus only on the F1 cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and overlook the hundreds of other fascinating machines on show.
So to round off this year’s coverage, here’s a collection of my favourite other cars (not including the huge collection of IndyCars) which appeared at this year’s Festival.
Pictures can’t do justice to the peculiar wail of the rotary-engined Mazda 787. It won the Le Mans 24 Hours 20 years ago in the hands of F1 drivers Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot.
McLaren MP4/12C GT3
I’m very pleased to see McLaren will be racing their new road car.
This one caused the commentators no end of trouble, as they persistently referred to it – incorrectly – as a Renault F1 car.
It is in fact a car built by Group Lotus last year to give customers the chance to experience an F1-style single seater, and painted in the colours of the Renault F1 team.
Here are pictures of Bruno Senna driving it.
Peugeot 405 T15 GR
I like racing cars to have this degree of subtlety – i.e., none. This aggressive version of Peugeot’s 405 rally car was built for the Pikes Peak hillclimb in America.
Auto Union Type C
Another hillclimb special from another era. Auto Union adapted their Grand Prix car for hillclimbing purposes by sticking an extra pair of rear wheels at the back.
Toyota TS020 GT-One
Toyota’s striking Le Mans racer which came within a flat tyre of winning the race. There are rumours Toyota are considering a return to the 24 Hours using thier old F1 car factory in Cologne as a base.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the picture I wanted of the back of this highly unusual car.
With ground effect skirts (several years before they were seen in F1), a snowmobile engine was used to drive a pair of fans which sucked the car to the ground.
Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2
It’s no exaggeration to say Audi’s development of four-wheel-drive changed the face of rallying. This 1985 example of their Quattro added a double-clutch gearbox, boosting the car’s accelerative force as up-changes could be made without lifting the throttle.
A few years ago I was supposed to be driven up the Goodwood hill in this car. But I regretted urging the driver to give it plenty of stick when he gunned the engine on the line, dropped the clutch – and broke it.
An iconic car of my youth resplendent in its glorious purple livery. Martin Brundle, John Nielsen and Price Cobb won Le Mans with it the year before the Mazda did.
Audi R18 TDi
Goodwood maintain their tradition of bringing the latest Le Mans winner to the race. This R18 was the only one of three Audis to survive the race, the others being destroyed in gigantic crashes.
More non-F1 cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
More of my favourites below.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Top 40 pictures from the 2012 Goodwood Festival
- Great Group C cars at the Goodwood Festival
- F1 stars and their cars at the Goodwood Festival
- Williams FW08C: Ayrton Senna’s first F1 test car
- Renault RE40: Prost drives car he almost won title in
- F1 cars 2000-present at the Goodwood Festival
- 1980 and 1990s F1 cars at the Goodwood Festival
- 1970s F1 cars at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed
- McLaren MP4-13: McLaren’s last constructors’ title-winner
- 1950s and 1960s F1 cars at the Goodwood Festival
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