Each year the Goodwood Festival of Speed features a massive Gerry Judah “sculpture” on center stage (above, Roger Dixon photo), and this year the work honored former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone with cars tracing the “Five Ages” of his distinguished career. Highlighting the Festival schedule were the timed runs up the Hill, known as The Shootout, the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours and anniversary celebrations for Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Williams among others. We summarize some of the highlights below:
The Shootout – The huge crowds lining the Goodwood hillclimb course enjoyed another fabulous Sunday Shootout that kept them entertained throughout the day. With the cars taking to the course in reverse order of their qualifying times, the tempo of the competition rose until Justin Law threw his Jaguar XJR12D around every corner with inch-perfect precision to squeeze out a weekend best time of 46.13 seconds to take top honors.
The top 10 quickest times from Sunday’s shootout:
Justin Law – Jaguar XJR12D – 46.13
Jeremy Smith – Penske PC22-Chevrolet – 46.22
Mark Higgins – Subaru WRX STI – 48.25
Anthony Reid – Arrinera Hussarya GT3 – 48.28
Nick Heidfeld – Mahindra M4Electro – 48.59
Mike Skinner – Toyota Tundra – 49.02
Andrew Newall – McLaren M8F-Chevrolet – 49.41
Paul Dallenbach – Dallenbach PVA Special – 49.67
James Grint – Mitsubishi Mirage RX – 49.82
Charlie Eastwood – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 50.51
Cartier Style et Luxe – This year’s Cartier Style et Luxe at the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by MasterCard was one of the finest yet, from the incredible early-2000s hypercars to the glorious Silver Ghost class, with Maserati GTs, Aston Martin DBs and more gracing the lawn with beauty and elegance. Following are the winning cars for all seven classes and the overall winner:
Class 1 – Full Steam Ahead – 120 Years of the Stanley Motor Carriage – 1903 Stanley Motor Carriage Company B Type
Class 2 – The Best Car in the World – Rolls-Royce’s Sublime Silver Ghost – 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Brewster Landaulet
Class 3 – Add-Vantage Mr. Brown – The Bespoke DB Aston Martin – 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato
Class 4 – Maranello’s Masterpiece – The Fabled Ferrari 250 – 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
Class 5 – Trident Tested – The Intercontinental Maserati GT – 1959 Maserati 3500 GT
Class 6 – Cheeky Cinquecento – 60 Years of the Fiat 500 – 1957 Steyr–Puch 500 Modell Fiat
Class 7 – Game Changers – Genesis of the Hypercar – 1995 McLaren F1
Overall winner – 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series 1
• Ferrari celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a diverse display of 70 current and historic Ferrari roadcars and racecars, led by a 333SP driven by Emmanuele Pirro, a 166 Dino F2 driven by Derek Bell and a 458 GT2 driven by Nicolas Minassian. Also taking part were a number of other Ferrari cars and drivers, including Marc Gene (F60); Olivier Beretta (F1-90); Davide Rigon, (F2007); Sam Bird, (FXX); James Calado, (FXX K); Rene Arnoux, (599XX); Alessandro Pier Guidi, (488 GTE); Raffaele de Simone, (LaFerrari Aperta). Noteworthy as well was Derek Hill driving a replica of his father Phil’s World Championship-winning “Sharknose” Ferrari up the hill in tandem with former works driver Arturo Merzario in a second recreation of the fabled 156. The Ferrari brand was also showcased in the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours with a class dedicated to the Ferrari 250, with a number of noteworthy 250s. A special parade of Ferraris also climbed the hill — led by the very first Ferrari, the 1947 125 S — before assembling on the Lawn of Goodwood House for a unique “Ferrari Moment.”
• Gordon Murray, legendary designer of a string of Formula One championship-winning Brabhams and McLarens, as well as a Le Mans-winning sports car, drove a recreation of his very own IGM-Ford up the Goodwood course. The IGM-Ford was Murray’s vey first sports car, which he designed, built and raced in South Africa during 1967 and 1968 before going to England to make his name in F1.
• Reigning Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg drove his 2014 Mercedes-Benz W05 Hybrid up Goodwood Hill as part of the German company’s participation in the Festival weekend. He was joined by former F1 star Jochen Mass, in one of the W125 Silver Arrows, and DTM legend Bernd Schneider driving a 1927 Type S in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mercedes’ performance partner AMG.
• Williams marked the 40th anniversary of the team’s founding as well as the 25th anniversary of Nigel Mansell’s World Championship win with the FW14B, which was both on display and making demo runs up the hill in the hands of GP2 driver Nick Yelloly.