Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

mercedesIt’s that time again…for the annual Goodwood drool fest. Yet again, Wouter Melissen and his intrepid crew of photographers have captured some truly spectacular shots including many of the cars up for auction at the annual Bonham’s event. From Wouter’s introduction to this year’s coverage:

“When Charles Lord March, the Duke of Richmond & Gordon, opened his Goodwood estate for the first Festival of Speed back in 1993, he expected that no more than 5,000 enthusiasts would accept his open invitation. When over 20,000 ventured to beautiful West Sussex in the south of England, he and his minimal staff were more than a little overwhelmed. The Festival of Speed hit the ground running and has today grown out to be one of the biggest events of its type in the world, now attracting close to 200,000 spectators. With the addition of the Moving Motor Show on Thursday, the Festival of Speed healeyhas also become the de facto British Motor Show. However what has really set the event apart from the start was the fantastic array of historic and contemporary racing cars and bikes that are assembled, often gunned up the hill in front of Goodwood House by the original drivers and riders. Nowhere else can spectators get so close to the world’s finest machinery and drivers than at the Festival of Speed. To mark the 20th anniversary of the event, Lord March this year invited back some of the greatest cars of the first 20 years of the Festival of Speed. Among the other celebrations were the 50th anniversaries of the Porsche 911 and McLaren Racing.”