2008 Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Written by tonks on July 15, 2008

Mazda FuraiThe Goodwood Festival of Speed hosted some of the best and most popular supercars for the road and the racetrack. The event was held from July 11th to the 13th and the theme was Motorsport. There was much action from many F1 drivers that included Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton pleased the crowd with some tyre-smoking antics, and was followed by an over-enthusiastic Jenson Button, who managed to break the Honda RA107 F1 car he was driving! He lost both second and third gear, resulting in a fourth gear crawl up the hill.

Formula One wasn’t the only motorsport wowing the visitors – a celebration of 50 years of BTCC touring cars took place, as well as some sideways action by a crop of rally stars and a celebration of rally driver Colin McRae’s life, 10 months after his fatal helicopter crash. There were plenty of supercars making their way up the hill, including the Alfa Romeo 8C, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini LP560-4, and the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The Mazda Furai concept car even made an appearance. A bigger surprise for those attending was a low flyover of the new Airbus A380 passenger jet.

The quickest time for climbing the hill was posted by festival regular Justin Law, clearing the course in 44.19 seconds. Touring car star Anthony Reid wasn’t far behind, with a time of 44.58 seconds achieved driving a 1980 Williams FW07 F1 car. Another impressive figure was £2.2million – the amount paid for a Jaguar D-Type racer at the Bonhams car auction. That makes it the most expensive Jaguar ever sold.


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