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The hill climb is the heart and soul of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the 2015 version was a circus that didn’t disappoint!  Every kind of classic and modern racing cars and motorcycles delighted in screaming up the Earl of March’s 1.16 mile driveway.

You can’t believe all the racing legends and supercars and superstars that show up…

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Sir Jackie Stewart soaks up the atmosphere, just ahead of Sir Stirling Moss

Each day of the festival, no fewer than 300 vehicles made the drive up the hill:  legendary Formula 1 cars, Le Mans LMP1, Group B rally cars, Indycars, Pikes Peak monsters, pre-war bolides, classic touring cars, the elite of modern supercars, NASCARs, future concepts, bruiser racing trucks, and superbikes.

Who could leave out drifting champions? Ken Block brought his Hoonicorn Mustang to show off all the smoke, but raced the hill in his Gymkhana Ford Focus RS.  The world record for fastest time over 1 mile on 2 wheels was established by Terry Grant in a Nissan Juke RS Nismo. 2 mins 10 secs.

Terry Grant sets new world record for driving crazy.

Do you love getting close?  Because Lord March (owner of Goodwood) wants to fully reflect the style and history of motor sport, visitors can get so close to the action, separated by a few yards and reinforced straw bales.  You could have seen how close, had you been at the corner where the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo spun out of control.

Driver of Lamborghini Huracan *overcooks it in Molecomb corner*

World land speed record holder Andy Green lost control of a Jaguar XJ Bloodhound SSC and plunged into the bales at 100 mph. Mazda’s racing legacy was the festival’s focus, but sadly that didn’t prevent a Mazda 787B from being nearly totaled on the hill climb.

SUPERCAR *STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN*: Within the hill climb, there was the Michelin Supercar Run, which debuted the new Koenigsegg Regera – with a supersonic 1,479bhp. the Ferrari 488 GTB joined Jaguar’s Project 7, Mercedes’ AMG-GT and 38 other supercars.  McLaren brought along its 570S, one of just 50 650S Le Mans, and its track-only 986bhp P1 GTR to play with its competitors.

IT AIN’T AS EASY AS IT LOOKS:  The course starts as a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate which then turns to sweep past the front of Goodwood House before climbing a steep and narrow estate road bordered by flint walls and dense woodland groves towards the pedal to the medal sprint to Goodwood’s equine racecourse cresting the magnificent South Downs.

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How the Goodwood Estate looks before the Festival of Speed.  

Goodwood’s traditional ‘Sunday Shootout’ – where drivers compete to set the fastest time on the hill – was won by Olly Clark in his Subaru Impreza, dubbed Gobstopper II. He managed to cover the 1.1-mile hill climb course in just 44.91 seconds. While undoubtedly fast, it’s still some way behind Nick Heidfeld’s record, which was set in 1999 at 41.6 seconds and still stands unbroken.

NASCAR FEELS AT HOME: Making the trip to Lord March’s estate for the third time, Richard Petty climbed behind the wheel of his iconic No. 43 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Petty wasn’t the only famous NASCAR name to tackle Lord March’s hill climb course this weekend. Bobby Labonte and Kerry Earnhardt drove Chevrolets.

“It was a lot of fun to get back behind the wheel, but I wasn’t looking to win any race,” Petty said after his run up the hill.

If you love the culture of Goodwood, be sure to check out the artwork of SHERIDON DAVIES in our art store.  Sheridon has captured the spirit of Goodwood.

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