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Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a fascinating historical celebration of motor sport from the Victorian and Edwardian era to the present day. It was first held in 1993 in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England and there is a 1.16 mile hillclimb course. The course record is held by Nick Heidfeld driving a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13, 3 litre, in a time of 41.6 seconds.

The majority of classes are represented - from the Gordon Bennett, Vanderbilt Cup and Brooklands eras through the decades to the lastest "hi-tech" Formula 1, Le Mans, Indy/NASCAR and Rally cars. This diversity definitely caters for those individual tastes of all ages.

There are two paddocks - Brooklands and Main, and together with the Cartier Style et Luxe and the main feature in front of Goodwood House, these areas are accessible to everyone. There are no barriers. The emphasis is on a friendly atmosphere, thus allowing the motor racing "connoisseur" to mix with the drivers - their heroes, motor racing celebrities and more importantly the cars.

The 2001 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held on 6th, 7th and 8th July.

  • 1914 - Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1923 - Leyat Hélica [Propeller Car]
  • 1929 - Duesenberg Model J Roadster
  • 1932 - Bugatti Type 55
  • 1938 - Lagonda V12
  • 1939 - Delahaye 165 V12 Roadster
  • 1956/57 - Aston Martin DB3S, 3 litre
  • 1959 - Aston Martin DBR4/250, 2.5 litre
  • 1961/62 - Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, 3.7 litre
  • Auto Union Display
  • Three models of Auto Unions
  • Auto Union Van
  • Dashboard of Auto Union
  • Engine of Auto Union
  • 1999 - Audi R8C, 3.6 litre
  • 1913 - Daimler 30hp
  • Engine of 1975 - Mirage-Ford GR8, 3 litre
  • Ferrari
  • Ferrari
  • 1950 - Ferrari 166 Barchetta, 2 litre
  • 1963 - Ferrari 330LM/B, 4 litre
  • 1965 - Ferrari 250/275LM, 3.3 litre
  • 1978 - Ferrari 312 T3, 3 litre
  • 1935 - SS1 Airline
  • 1960 - Jaguar E-type
  • 1962/63 - Jaguar E-Type 'Sayer' Low-Drag Coupe 'Cut 7', 3.8 litre
  • 1982 - Jaguar XJS TWR, 5.4 litre
  • 2000 - Jaguar-Cosworth/Ford R1, 3 litre
  • Jaguar Display
  • 1904 - Mercedes 28/32, 5.3 litre
  • 1929 - Mercedes-Benz SSK, 7.1 litre
  • 1929 - Mercedes-Benz SS Rennsport, 7.25 litre
  • 1938 - Mercedes-Benz W154, 3 litre
  • 1952 - Mercedes-Benz 300SL prototype, 3 litre
  • 1955 - Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, 3 litre
  • 1970 - Porsche 917K, 4.5 litre
  • Porsche Display
  • 1973 - Porsche 917/30, 5.4 litre turbo
  • Edwardian Motorcycle
  • 1902 - Quadrant, 211cc
  • Edwardian Motorcycle
  • 1947 - Nardi-Danese 6C Mille Miglia Spyder, 2.5 litre
  • 1913 - Rover TT 500cc
  • 1965 - Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1, 1.6 litre
  • 1938 - Maserati 8CTF, 3 litre
  • 2000 - Ford Puma Evo, 2 litre turbo
  • 1999 - Jordan-Mugen Honda 199, 3 litre
  • 1995 - McLaren F1, 6.1 litre
  • 1995 - McLaren F1 GTR, 6 litre
  • 1999 - Cadillac Northstar LMP, 4 litre, twin turbo

Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival Meeting

"Goodwood" - the name which is synonymous with the wealth of British Motor Racing; the cars, the drivers, the people.

The Goodwood Motor Circuit was originally the perimeter road of RAF Westhampnett [which was later renamed Goodwood] and it's length is 2.42 miles.

The Duke of Richmond & Gordon ~ Freddie March ~ officially opened the Circuit on 18th September, 1948 followed by the Opening Meeting - the "First Goodwood Motor Race Meeting". The programme consisted of races for open and closed sports cars [from 500 cc up to 3000 cc] and Formula 1. The races were short but not short of excitement. Local landmarks gave their names to the races, straights and corners with the exception of the introduction of the Chicane in 1952 - "Paddock Bend", a name which is never referred to. Over the years, motor racing had progressed to such an extent that motor racing supporters came in their thousands. The worlds greatest drivers raced at Goodwood.

Due to the way in which the world of motor racing was progressing, at rather a fast pace, Freddie March decided to close the Circuit in 1966.

After numerous years of perseverance, the dream of the Duke's grandson, the Earl of March, came alive when fifty years later to the day, the Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival Meeting was held on Friday, 18th September, 1998. The Earl of March officially opened the Circuit driving a Bristol 400, exactly as his grandfather had done fifty years earlier.

Friday was an extremely powerful day, full of mixed emotions. For many, an emotional trip down memory lane of a bygone era. For others, a feeling of intrigue and quiet excitement.

The circuit had not been altered and the buildings were exactly the same. Attention to detail was meticulous and accurate.

To see the same motor cars and motor cycles that raced all those years ago brought back many a special memory to so many individuals. To see familar faces was an important reminder of great racing battles. The drivers, engineers and marshalls all wearing 1950's designed overalls. To see many of the tens of thousands of fans enter into the spirit by wearing period dress of the 'fashionable fifties'. The camaraderie was present.

  • Stirling Moss
  • Derek Bell

The racing programme had been replicated. The racing was spectacular and thrilling, friendly but serious, appreciated by cheerful applause. The will to win had not faded. The roar of the engines, to watch the racing skills, the overall ambience, the adrenalin was flowing.

  • 1998 - Damon Hill & Barry Sheene

Quite simply, this renowned atmosphere has been recaptured. The glory days have been recreated. A wonderful opportunity for the younger generation to experience a unique period in motor racing history.

The 2001 Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival Meeting will be held on 14th, 15th and 16th September.

Land Speed

How it all began ........

The first records began as early as the 19th Century and were recorded by The Automobile Club de France [ACF] which was founded in Paris on 13th November, 1895. On 18th December, 1898 at Achères, France, Comte Gaston de Chasselroup-Laubat recorded the first officially timed flying kilometre driving a Jeantaud Electric Car at a speed of 39.24 mph. The following months saw a great dual between a Belgian, Camille Jenatzy, and the Frenchman, who consistently were outdoing the other, culminating with the Frenchman achieving 57.60 mph. Jenatzy was determined to prove otherwise and so created the first car specifically built to break land speed records called La Jamais Contente. On 29th April, 1899, he attained the remarkable speed of 65.79 mph in a torpedo-shaped vehicle with two small electric motors mounted on the rear axle.

  • 1997 - Thrust SSC
Steam power then took the lead, firstly by another Frenchman Léon Serpollet. Driving an unusually shaped vehicle, 'Oeuf des Pâques', he achieved an average speed of 75.06 mph over a measured kilometre in 29.8 seconds. This took place on 13th April, 1902 at the annual 'Speed Week' held on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. A tremendous record was achieved just four years later in 1906 at Daytona Beach, U.S.A. Fred Marriott drove the Stanley 'Rocket' to a fabulous speed of 121.57 mph.

In the meantime, petrol-driven racing cars could not match the speed of steam and it was on 5th August, 1902, that William K. Vanderbilt Jr, driving a Paris built Mors, broke Serpollet's record at a speed of 76.08 mph. Records had changed hands on numerous occasions but it was not until 1909 at Brooklands when Victor Hémery, broke Marriott's record driving a Blitzen Benz at 125.947 mph per 1 kilometre and 115.923 mph for the complete mile. However, it should be noted that the driving was in one direction only.

  • 1983 - Thrust II
A new ruling was then introduced by the Royal Automobile Club [RAC] in Britain and the Association Internationale des Autmobile Clubs Reconnus [AIACR] in France, that the average time for two runs had to be driven in opposite directions made within one hour. The first two-way land speed record was made in June 1914 by Major L. G. Hornsted driving a Blitzen Benz at Brooklands at an average speed of 124.10 mph.

  • 1965 - Goldenrod
After the First World War, the Sunbeam Motor Company of Wolverhampton built a V12 Aero-Engined Car in 1920 and on 17th May, 1922 at Brooklands, Kenelm Lee Guiness smashed Hornsted's record with a new record of 133.75 mph; the last World Record being achieved at Brooklands. This car, 350hp Sunbeam, was then sold to Captain Malcolm Campbell and re-named Bluebird. His first record-breaking speed was 146.16 mph at Pendine Sands in September 1924 and his last record speed was at 301.129 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats, U.S.A. in September 1935.

  • 1964 - Bluebird
In the meantime, Major Henry Segrave driving the 4 litre V12 Sunbeam achieved a speed of 152.33 mph on 16th March, 1926 at Southport Sands and on 29th March, 1927 driving the 1000hp Sunbeam, he became the first man to break the 200 mph barrier, at 203.792 mph at Daytona beach. However at Pendine Sands on 28th April, 1926, the Land Speed Record of 171.02 mph was held by John Godfrey Parry Thomas, driving a 26,900cc Higham Special re-named Babs. At another record breaking attempt the following year on 3rd March, Babs overturned at approximately 180 mph killing Parry Thomas instantly.

  • 1926 - "Babs", V12, 27 litre
It was not until 1964, that the Land Speed Record was officially recognised as the World Land Speed Record. Records covering the majority of engine sizes, distance and durations, are divided into sections which are known as International Class Records. In order to achieve a record, the average speed is taken from two attempts which must be made in opposite directions.

This history should be highly respected.

A selection of some of the Land Speed Record Holders are detailed below:

22.4.28 Ray Keech White Triplex 207.552 mph Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
11.3.29 Henry Segrave Golden Arrow 231.552 mph Daytona
3.9.35 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 301.129 mph Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, U.S.A.
19.11.37 George Eyston Thunderbolt 312.00 mph Bonneville
23.8.39 John Cobb Railton Special 369.70 mph Bonneville
16.9.47 John Cobb Railton Special 394.20 mph Bonneville
17.7.64 Donald Campbell Bluebird 403.10 mph Lake Eyre, Australia
2.10.64 Tom Green Wingfoot Express 413.20 mph Bonneville
15.10.64 Craig Breedlove Spirit of America 526.28 mph Bonneville
7.11.65 Art Arfons Green Monster 576.55 mph Bonneville
13.11.65 Bob Summers Goldenrod 409.277 mph Bonneville
15.11.65 Craig Breedlove Spirit of America-Sonic1 600.601 mph Bonneville
23.10.70 Gary Gabelich The Blue Flame 622.407 mph Bonneville
4.10.83 Richard Noble Thrust 2 633.468 mph Black Rock Desert, Nevada, U.S.A.
15.10.97 Andy Green Thrust SSC 763.035 mph* Black Rock

* Breaking the sound barrier to establish the first ever supersonic land speed record

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