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2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren Mercedes

There are at least three automotive events I’d like to see before I move on from this world—the Pebble Beach Conours, the Monaco F1 race (I share that desire with Healey Rick), and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Given that, at present, my attendance at these events is purely vicarious, thanks to the power of the Internet, I’m always happy to see Wouter’s coverage.

Renault RE40

“This past weekend Lord March opened his fabulous Goodwood estate for the 20th Festival of Speed. Each year the unique event attracts some of the world’s most evocative machine, this time ranging from a 1903 Mercedes 60hp to the latest production cars still wearing camouflage. The 2012 theme was ‘Young Guns, Born to Win’ and Lotus was the featured marque, honoured with a spectacular statue in front of Goodwood House. Additionally over 40 historic Lotus competition cars were gathered to mark the 60th anniversary of the British manufacturer. Other celebrations included 30 years of Group C and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Also grabbing headlines was Bonhams’ annual Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. Highly anticipated, the seven-hour auction had a total result of GBP 22 million, setting a new record for a British car sold at auction in the process.”

“Our eye was nevertheless firmly on the hill where many evocative and rarely-seen machines were seen in action for three days, often re-united with their original drivers. Some of the many highlights included the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix winning Eagle Mk1 Weslake, the wild Ford Zakspeed Capri Gr. 5 and the oldest Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in existence, which was freshly restored by Mercedes-Benz.”

You owe to yourself to take a look through Wouter’s, once again, excellent coverage of this historic event. Truly something to see.

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