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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

40696Every year I think that Wouter Melissen can’t do anything to top his previous Goodwood Festival of Speed review and every year he does exactly that. In addition to the speed events, his coverage of the accompanying Bonham’s Auction is simply spectacular.

‘Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motorsport’ was the theme for the 22nd edition of the ever expanding Goodwood Festival of Speed. Fittingly, the main sculpture was dedicated to Mercedes-Benz, who celebrate 120 years of motorsport in 2014. Equally steeped in racing pedigree is Maserati, who almost exclusively built competition cars before the War and celebrates their centenary this year. It was also not surprising that Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati competition cars featured strongly ‘on the hill’. In addition to these celebrations, the Festival of Speed also marked the 50th anniversary of John Surtees winning the F1 World Championship. Other machines in action over the weekend ranged from some of the earliest ‘Pioneering Giants’ to the three of the four class winners of the most recent 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the Audithat grabbed the outright victory. While the hill climb remains the main event of the Festival of Speed, there are many more side numbers, which include the Moving Motor Show, the de facto British Motor Show, the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance and the annual Bonhams Festival of Speed sale.”

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