The 2015 running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed was staged June 25-28 at Goodwood House and the 9-turn, 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb in West Sussex, England. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the history of motoring and motor sport took part, as well as some of the most legendary figures from the sport.
Goodwood welcomed seven-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi, to the event for the first time in 2015. The Italian legend put on some spectacular ‘Flat-out and Fearless’ displays in front of a sell-out crowd on both two and four wheels.
For his Goodwood debut on two wheels, ‘The Doctor’ rode his Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike carrying a special livery to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Yamaha Motor Company, and then rode the machine into Goodwood House before appearing on the balcony with Lord March and Suzi Perry.
On four wheels, Rossi drove the legendary 1991 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B; the same car seen soaring out of the sky above Goodwood House in this year’s Central Feature, as well as an ex-Henri Toivonen Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car and the ex-Jacky Ickx/Jochen Mass Porsche 962C.
The Festival of Speed attracts stars of motor sport from around the world and this year was no exception. Current Mercedes F1 title contender, Nico Rosberg, celebrated his 30th birthday weekend with a blast up the Hill in his 2013 race-winning grand prix car; the Mercedes F1 W04. Nico was joined by legendary Mercedes-Benz drivers, including Sir Stirling Moss, Jochen Mass, Hans Herrmann and Klaus Ludwig, marking the 60th anniversary of an incredible 1955 racing season, during which records were set that still stand today, and Mercedes-Benz won both the Formula One and Worlds Sports Car Championship.
Kris Meeke, who became a World Rally winner for the first time in 2015, took overall victory on the Forest Rally Stage in his Citroen DS3 WRC while fellow WRC competitors, Elfyn Evans, and twice British Rally Champion, David Llewellyn, were among the other famous faces.
Meanwhile, professional ‘Hoonigan’ and Ford rally driver, Ken Block, unleashed the incredible ‘Hoonicorn’; a 1965 Mustang with 854bhp on Goodwood’s asphalt in a spectacular Gymkhana display.
Nissan set a world record as stunt hero, Terry Grant, took to the Hillclimb in a Nissan Juke NISMO RS, on two wheels. Grant set the world record for driving a car up the Hillclimb on two wheels back in 2011, and today broke his own record by an impressive 35 seconds with a new fastest time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
In addition to Tim Scott’s hill climb gallery and the Concours gallery, we have the following wonderful pictures from the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed that offer a different viewpoint to this year’s event. We split up the pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery
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