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Old 23-08-16, 23:17
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Goodwood Festival of Speed

In June, the Goodwood Estate hosted the 23rd running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed - heaven for all petrol heads, when Lord March allows a vast selection of machinery to blast up his front drive. Run as a hillclimb, most of the cars only complete demo runs. However, there is an ever growing number of cars that now take part in a Run Off for the glory of being the fastest car of the day. This year saw the return of Olly Clark (son of rally legend Roger) to defend his 2015 title in "Gobstopper 11".
The cars roar past sculptor Gerry Judah's central display outside Goodwood House. This years featured marque was BMW celebrating the German manufactures long involvement in motorsport. The Judah sculpture hoisted high into the sky a BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52 and the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR.
A big attraction of the weekend was the Michelin sponsored supercar run. There were over 60 of the world's fastest, most expensive supercars in this class, including the UK debut of the Bugatti Chiron and a £3M McLaren P1LM.
The theme for the Festival of Speed 2016 was 'Full Throttle - The Endless Pursuit of Power'. Other themes celebrated the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500; the inaugural Can-Am Series 50 years ago, and the career of James Hunt on the 40th anniversary of his World Championship victory with McLaren in 1976.
The McLaren P1 LM was one of the cars making a first appearance in the UK and it broke the record for the fastest road legal car up the Goodwood hill with a time of 47.07 seconds, beating the previous record of 49.27 seconds, set by the Nissan GT-R Nismo (R35) back in 2014.

Top Ten Run Off

1 Subaru Impreza 'Gobstopper II' Olly Clark 46.29
2 McLaren P1 LM Kenny Brack 47.07
3 Toyota Tundra Mike Skinner 50.44
4 McLaren-Chevrolet M8F Andrew Newall 51.01
5 Porsche 911 GT3 Charlie Eastwood 51.34
6 Hesketh-Cosworth 308B Jordan Grogor 52.49
7 Ferrari 312 P Spyder David Franklin 53.33
8 Chevrolet SS Ed Berrier 53.81
9 Ford RS200 'Pikes Peak' Pat Doran 53.97
10 Lancia Lasupra Peter Pentell 55.17

For a selection of my pics from the event, please visit my Flickr site:
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Old 23-08-16, 23:44
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Indeed. Great event but fyi you'll find many a thread on here respecting GFOS but at the same time acknowledging that it's only very loosely a Hillclimb, is purely a showcase and rarely has it acknowledged the discipline in the true sense. Good fun for a day out and some fantastic cars and drivers to behold but unfortunately it has never chosen to embrace or demonstrate Hillclimbing at its best, ( maybe it can't, maybe doesn't want to - opinions are varied ).

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