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Horsepower heaven

July 23,

The annual Goodwood Festival of is to motor racing what is to horse racing or Wimbledon to It’s the spiritual home of petrolhead, his mecca, spooling of hand beaten aluminium and virtual plumes of Castrol R the nostrils. To me, an invite to this Festival was a dream nurtured early school days.

year there were 350 cars and motorcycles to confirm it as the biggest, most diverse of motorsport history. And most of icons could be seen in on ‘The Hill’, a 1.87km lined five-deep with even before the Festival kicks off each morning. The thing kicks in here

As we all know, the mud islanders are generally a bunch, but sometimes you have to plead and finally elbow way to the front of the crowd to snap a pic or two of the and bikes.

A comfy seat in the Gurney was mine for the taking, courtesy of sponsors Toyota, so I had every to escape the muddy slush lines the steep estate which meanders up Lord narrow driveway past walls and dense woodland But nothing was going to stop me up to the finish line on top of ‘The to get a glimpse of the new 2.5km rally

Here I was treated to the sights of McRae and Peter Solberg current Ford, Subaru and World Rally Championship machines through the forest. Sainz also settled in the wheel of a Group A rally while Bjorn Waldegard was the Celica GT-Four (ST165) which he dominated the Safari

Hannu Mikola, Stig and Michele Mouton were there, blatting their quattro A2 and S1 Evos through the while Paddy Hopkirk – of the 1964 Monte Carlo with team mate Makinen second in a Mini – the Mini Cooper S of Rauno While Hannu Mikola’s Escort Mk1 twin cam was also thrown sideways through turn, spectators could over a pair of Lancia a Fiat 124 Abarth, MG Metro 6R4 and one of 200 Ford S200s ever

Others belting out their art on the Goodwood Hill, in a variety of machinery, included F1 stars Sir Stirling Moss through to Sir Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Button and David Coulthard. was reunited with the Lola he at the Indy 500 forty years while Coulthard’s ride was an Ecosse Jaguar D-Type. Davidson took a break his duties with the Super F1 team to drive the ex-Nigel Piquet 1987 championship-winning FW11B.

Marc Gené was in dazzling in the Ferrari F2006 F1 car, Ralph Schumacher drove the TF106 GP F1 car up the hill about as as he usually does – so now we know he is slow.

Ferrari was of course in full force, and treated to track displays of the glorious of the 1950s, the Testa Rossa and the 250 GTO.

British wonderboy Hamilton arrived to drive year’s (legal) McLaren this just a week the British GP, while his stalker, ITV James Allen, was nowhere to be

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While the point of the hill is to see the icons of motor sport in as it’s not a race per se, no one told to New Zealander Rod Millen. He blasted his Pikes Peak Toyota to the Festival weekend’s fastest of 47.18 seconds. This 4-4 racing truck, built by the Rod Motorsport team, took the class honours in the Pikes ‘Race to the Sky’ event in in 1998 and 1999.

Away from the track one could marvel at five (of six ever built) Type 41 The Royale was conceived by Ettore 80 years ago, specifically for and heads of state. It was arguably the ambitious project ever in history, despite ultimately a commercial failure due to its no-expenses-spared

It was powered by a gigantic 12.7 224kW litre engine, the engine which went on to Bugatti’s advanced aerodynamic trains throughout the 1930s. The retains the distinction of achieving the ever price on auction – in one was knocked down for a staggering million.

The Festival was a big flag-waver for Toyota, who 50 years of motorsport and 70 years in with a 38-metre high right in front of Goodwood So high was the display it was fitted a red warning light to alert aircraft, including the low-flying Red air display team who performed for the crowds. The display also an array of tasty Toyota and rallying classics ranging the iconic 1991 Celica to a 1993 TS010 Le Mans 1999 TS020 GT-One, Champ Car and 2007 TF107 F1

The public could also get an of the JCB DieselMax vehicle which 563km/h to claim the current record for diesel-powered vehicles; the GTBO, said to be the world’s production vehicle with a top of 550km/h; and the 755kW Bristol T, the world’s most powerful vehicle.

You need five things to relish the Goodwood fest: a well-stocked wallet, gumboots, a and a serious passion for motorsport. is by invite only, and spectators up R1300 for an admission ticket. A seat will set you back R960.

But it’s worth cent, and I would pay three that to relive the experience.

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