We don’t mean vagabonds. This year a handful of Formula Drift cars made their way up the hill—not in a straight line, whatsoever. How about a 1,200-horsepower rotary-powered Mazda MX-5? Yup, that. Crowds went wild for the cars, which meant to us that while the fastest way between two points is a straight line, it’s not always the most entertaining.
Where else can you see Formula One racers next to LeMans prototype cars fresh from their win? (And still dirty too.) Hundreds of thousands of fans crawl all over priceless vintage cars and sideshow exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Think of the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a neighborhood garage party where a race breaks out.
Almost unbelievably, some of these priceless cars and machines are actually up for grabs. Several exhibitions featured “For Sale” signs on cars hot off the track, and Bonhams hosts an on-site auction that generated millions in sales. Yes, you can buy award-winning racecars and vintage machines to bring home. No, we didn’t say any of it was affordable.
Where else do you see Paris-Dakar motorcycles run up after pre-War vintage race cars? The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates all forms of speed—two wheels or four, or three. Want more? The 28-liter “Beast of Turin” gas-guzzler shared track time minutes after a Rimac electric supercar whizzed past.
While some of the entries are all about showing off, some of them are about showing their stuff. The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed had plenty of exciting competition between disparate racers all looking for the fastest time up the hill. While we didn’t see any record-breaking times, we still saw plenty of racers shaving inches off corners in a quest for the coveted quickest time up the hill.
Motor Authority reporter Aaron Cole contributed to this story.