The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed had so much to offer historic vehicle enthusiasts that we decided to put together this gallery for those who couldn’t make it.
As ever, the Festival of Speed ran over three days, from the Friday to the Sunday afternoon, preceded by the Moving Motor Show on the Thursday. The event centres around Goodwood House, unlike the Revival Meeting which is located at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, a few hundred metres along the road. At the Festival, cars race up the main drive towards the house, turn right past the grandstands, before shifting left and climbing up the hill towards the Goodwood horse race course.
When not being ‘raced’ (many prefer to conduct show drives up the hill) the cars are held in various paddocks dotted around the grounds. All of these are open to the public, as is the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours. Up the hill, there is a rally forest stage course and other off-road driving experiences. Numerous trade stands cover the rest of the area.
For many classic enthusiasts, the Goodwood Festival of Speed does not have the attraction of the Goodwood Revival of the Memebers’ Meeting, when historic cars race each other on the legendary track. But this year there was a lot to see. Our highlights included watching Stirling Moss and Jochen Mass take it in turns to drive the Mille Miglia record-holding Mercedes-Benz 300SLR ‘722’ up the hill, then afterwards stop and chat to spectators. At the other end of the spectrum, the Singer Porsches were there- a beautiful yellow 911, and in Style et Luxe the sublime new Singer Porsche 911 Targa. The other Porsche that caught our eye was Derek Bell’s 924 Carerra GTS, that Porsche famously gifted him.
There were lots of superb Ferraris: from the one-off 1953 Ferrari 212 Vignale Geneva Coupe to Jim Glickenhaus’s superb P4/5, and on track lots more, including the Ferrari 312P and 512BB LM.
The Vauxhall stand also had a lot to offer, including a lovely Vauxhall Firenza and a Lotus Carlton.
We hope you enjoy the gallery.