Getting the good vibrations down at Goodwood
Published 18/07/2013 | 05:00
If ever there was an air of positivity about an industry buffeted in difficult economic times Goodwood was the place to come.
It was a full immersion in the sheer passion of the people for whom this exciting annual four-day extravaganza continues to set pulses racing.
The young, the old, the beautiful and the bold again came in their droves, in the blazing sun and searing heat, to the sprawling stately home of Britain's Lord March in verdant west Sussex.
They came, as they have done since the Festival's revival in 1993 – to bear witness to the magnificent men (and women) and their magical machines which , year after year, through a combination of ingenuity, hi-tech engineering wizardry and sheer human courage, continue to push back the boundaries of technology and performance.
The Festival of Speed is a magnet for the rich and the famous but, more to the point, for the legends of motor sport whose feats, from rallying to Formula One, continue to enthral millions.
It is, of course, also a living tribute to the legendary figures of yesteryear.
The focus of the Festival of Speed, now described as Britain's biggest "moving car show" is very much on the present and the future with vehicles, sporting challenges, including the famous Hill Climb.
Some of the highlights of this year's event included the appearance of Formula One drivers Jensen Button and Lewis Hamilto and iconic former F1 racer Sterling Moss.
On show were some of the world's most historic and priceless racing cars, while among the events to attract huge attention was Porche's 911 display charting the history of the famous car, and the sale of a 1954 Mercedes W 196R race car for the princely sum of £17.5m, a world record ror a car sold at auction. The car was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and won a number of Grand Prix. The identity of the successful telephone bidder was not revealed.