Top 40 pictures from the 2012 Goodwood Festival

2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

In four days at the Goodwood Festival of Speed I managed to snap almost 3,000 photographs of all manner of delectable racing machinery.

Here’s a selection of my 40 favorites, including famous faces, F1 cars and top machinery from a range of disciplines.

F1 cars

Oliver Turvey, McLaren MP4-26, Goodwood, 2012

Oliver Turvey blasts the McLaren MP4-26 out of the starting gate.

Mercedes W02, Goodwood, 2012

A Mercedes W02 climbs the hill.

Williams FW08C, Goodwood, 2012

The 1983 Williams FW08C returns to the paddock after a damp run on Friday. Read more about this car here:

Renault RS01, Goodwood, 2012

Little protection for the drivers of the 1977 Renault RS01 – note the pedal box well in front of the front axle line.

Marc Gene, Ferrari, Goodwood, 2012

Festival regular Marc Gene returned for Ferrari.

Lotus T127, Goodwood, 2012

There were many original Lotuses on display (see below). This was referred to as a ‘Caterham T127′, though it was raced as a Lotus T127 when the name returned to the sport in 2010.

Complicating matters further, the 2010 Renault R30 (not pictured) was called a ‘Lotus R30′ and run in the current Lotus team’s black and gold colours, rather than its original, striking yellow and black livery.

Paddock pics

Eagle-Weslake T1G, Ferrari 312/68, Goodwood, 2012

A 1967 Eagle-Weslake T1G and a V12 Ferrari 312/68 from the following season in one shot? I’m surprised the lens coped with exposure to that much gorgeousness.

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren MP4-26, Goodwood, 2012

Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-26, Goodwood, 2012

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the MP4-26 on Saturday.

See more pictures of them and other drivers at the Festival here:

Alfa Romeo 183T, Goodwood, 2012

The first turbocharged Alfa Romeo, the 1983 183T, also appeared. Though lamentably unreliable when it raced, it had some potential, and Andrea de Cesaris scored a pair of second places with it.

But did any F1 car ever carry a more mundane slogan than “World’s largest knitwear producer”?

March 2-4-0, March 701, Goodwood, 2012

This picture gives you some idea how much longer the six-wheeled March 2-4-0 was than a conventional car (though it is slightly further forward than its predecessor the 701).

More pictures of the six-wheelers here:

Six-wheeled Williams

Williams FW08B, Goodwood, 2012

Unlike the March this six-wheeled Williams from 1982 was not running, but attracted many curious onlookers in the paddock. Read more about the car here:

Debut drivers

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Goodwood, 2012

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel shows off the Red Bull RB7 he crushed his rivals with last year. The car was festooned with cameras so hopefully we’ll see some footage from his run as well.

Alain Prost, Renault RE40, Goodwood, 2012

Four-times world champion Alain Prost made his first appearance at the Festival. Had Renault not let up on development of this car, the RE40, he might well have been a quintuple-champion. Read more about it here:

Lotus celebration

Lotus display, Goodwood, 2012

A key part of the event was a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Lotus. Their cars featured on the dramatic central display in front of Goodwood House.

Emerson Fittipaldi, Goodwood, 2012

Emerson Fittipaldi in front of the display, where you can just make out a Lotus 72 of the type he won the world championship with in 1972.

Lotus 18, Goodwood, 2012

This Lotus 18 in Rob Walker’s blue and white colours ran without its side-panels, just as when Stirling Moss drove one to his greatest victory at Monaco in 1961. Sadly I wasn’t able to get a picture of Moss in the car.

Lotus 79, Goodwood, 2012

The last championship-winning Lotus: the dominant ground effect 79.

Tom Kristensen, Lotus 98T, Goodwood, 2012

Eight-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen drove Ayrton Senna’s 1986 Lotus-Renault 98T.

Lotus 102, Goodwood, 2012

The curvaceous diffuser of the 1990 Lotus 102. Note the exhausts from the V12 Lamborghini engine feeding into it.

See more pictures of the dozens of different Lotuses at the Festival here:

Personal favourites

Lancia-Ferrari C2, Goodwood, 2012

I love the Martini livery on this Lancia-Ferrari C2 Group C Le Mans racer. Loads more pictures of it here:

Lotus 49, Goodwood, 2012

Lotus 49, Goodwood, 2012

The Lotus 49: Such a significant and great-looking car I had to include two pictures of it. This is the very chassis Jim Clark used to give the car victory on its debut in the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix.

Jordan 191, Goodwood, 2012

The Jordan 191 – not just a beautiful car and not just the car Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut in, but surely one of the best debut efforts from a new team.

The Gary Anderson-designed chassis was neat, effective and had superb aerodynamics. Its Ford-Cosworth HB engine may not have been a match for Honda and Renault on sheer power, but it was reliable and driveable.

The result was a car that scored a double points finish in its fifth race, and was in the hunt for victory in the Belgian Grand Prix in the hands of Andrea de Cesaris:

Tony Brooks, Connaught B-type, Goodwood, 2012

I was very keen to see Tony Brooks driving a Connaught B-type. Brooks scored a remarkable win driving the car in his first Grand Prix, a non-championship race at Syracuse in 1955, aged just 23.

Brooks’ recently-released autobiography is essential reading:

Leyon-House CG901B, Goodwood, 2012

Plumes of smoke from the rear wheels of this 1990 Leyton-House CG901B, an early design by Adrian Newey.

Le Mans racers

Audi E-Tron Quattro, Goodwood, 2012

This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours winner was present: the four-wheel-drive diesel hybrid Audi E-tron Quattro.

Toyota TS030 Hybrid, Goodwood, 2012

Neither Toyota TS030 Hybrid finished the Le Mans 24 Hours and Anthony Davidson had to cancel a planned run in the car at Goodwood after injuring his back during this year’s race. The car still ran, though.

Bentley Speed 8, Goodwood, 2012

A slightly earlier car: the Bentley Speed 8 is one of only two non-Audis to win the race in the last 13 years.

The Race to the Clouds

Donner-Chevrolet DD3 Pikes Peak, Goodwood, 2012

I had no idea what this noisy beast was when it blasted past me on Friday morning. I should’ve guessed it was created for tackling a much steeper incline than Goodwood hill – the mighty Pikes Peak hillclimb in the USA.

Four generations of the Donner family have been competing on the hill – this 2005 DD3 chassis features a 750bhp Chevrolet engine as used in NASCAR.

Kenworth T2000 Pikes Peak, Goodwood, 2012

There’s also a category for trucks at Pikes Peak. This monstrous five-ton machine boasts 1,375bhp from its Caterpillar C16 engine.

Sadly, this year’s running of the hillclimb has been postponed due to serious forest fires in the Colorado area.

Seventies sports cars

Shadow-Chevrolet MK3, Goodwood, 2012

The Shadow-Chevrolet Mk3 Can-Am car was an unforgiving beast at the best of times, never mind in the rain. It spun harmlessly at Molecomb on the damp Friday.

Ferrari 312PB, Goodwood, 2012

The Ferrari 312PB sports car used the same flat-12 engine as the contemporary F1 machines and won every race it entered in the World Sportscar Championship. However Ferrari – perhaps wisely – decided not to pit their F1-engined car against the rigours of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Lola-Chevrolet T310, Goodwood, 2012

The trumpets on top of this 1972 Lola T310 Can-Am racer caught my eye.

Lola-Chevrolet T310, Goodwood, 2012

Touring cars

Alfa Romeo 155 DTM, Goodwood, 2012

An enduring favourite of mine: Alfa-Romeo’s 155 DTM racer.

Frank Wrathall, Toyota Avensis BTCC, Goodwood, 2012

BTCC racer Frank Wrathall has impressed in this Toyota Avensis built to the category’s Next Generation Touring Car rules.

Rally action

Thierry Neuville, Citroen DS3, Goodwood, 2012

Goodwood has a dedicated rally stage but unfortunately I didn’t have time to check it out. Here’s rising star Theirry Neuville getting Citroen’s championship-leading DS3 sideways on the hill.

Karts

Zip Eagle Rotax 256, Goodwood, 2012

A quartet of karts belonging to ace driver and talent-spotter Martin Hines went up the hill. F1 drivers including Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to Hines, who died last year. This is a Zip Eagle Rotax 256.

Supercars

Supercars, Goodwood, 2012

A supercar traffic jam on the hill.

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18 comments on Top 40 pictures from the 2012 Goodwood Festival

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 2nd July 2012, 13:24

    But did any F1 car ever carry a more mundane slogan than “World’s largest knitwear producer”?

    Yes.

    In 1997, Tyrrell showed up to the British Grand Prix with (wait for it!) “Xena: Warrior Princess”, erm, adorning the car …

  2. richevans123 (@richevans123) said on 2nd July 2012, 13:28

    Did anyone do a gopro count this weekend, seems virtually every car had at least one grey box attached to it!

  3. Funnyphan said on 2nd July 2012, 13:39

    Thank you for the nice collection of photos.

  4. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 2nd July 2012, 13:54

    My fav cars:

    All the F1s from the 60′s
    The Alfa 155
    That 312 Sports Car.

    Glad you covered them all here :P Fantastic gallery!

  5. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 2nd July 2012, 13:59

    Great pictures! F1 fans were spoiled rotten in 1967, the cars were so beautiful that year.

    And the Pikes Peak car could be ahead of its time with the protection around the driver’s head.

  6. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 2nd July 2012, 15:05

    Alfa 155 DTM….mmmm, pretty.

  7. DamionShadows (@damionshadows) said on 2nd July 2012, 18:28

    Bentley Speed 8 *drools*

  8. Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 2nd July 2012, 22:39

    The rear exhausts of the Alfa DTM are so BRUTAL!!!

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd July 2012, 22:58

    The Lotus 49 is my favourite here. The uncovered engine just looks stunning with the flowing manifolds, big cylinders and purposeful looking suspension. Pure art.

  10. xeroxpt (@) said on 2nd July 2012, 23:14

    I love the Alfa too, the DTM Alfa romeo 155 is my favourite car ever (normal road car)
    the liverys make you travel in time really.

  11. schooner (@schooner) said on 3rd July 2012, 1:54

    I’ve always LOVED the Lotus 49. I never actually saw the car in a race, but I was around at the time, and my very first slot car was a copy!

  12. TED BELL said on 3rd July 2012, 5:06

    BEST PICTURE

    The Lotus 79

  13. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 3rd July 2012, 5:14

    PVAXX!!! what the hell? :D

    pike’s peak is an awesome race, and 1 of only 2 i can think of where the unlimited class is truly unlimited – the other being land speed record attempts. nascar motors have been frozen in time for half a century, 427 cubic inches or 7.0 liters, but i wouldn’t mind having one. good enough for le mans, good enough for me

  14. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 3rd July 2012, 13:58

    Bentley Speed 8 = Beast.

    Thanks for sharing your photos Keith.

  15. Robbie (@robbie) said on 3rd July 2012, 14:00

    Great shots, Keith…thanks! Four days at Goodwood…3000shots…sounds like car heaven. Btw…did you see Stirling Moss with his 3 ‘pit babes’? Perhaps not or surely they would have made top 40.

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