Engines revving for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mercedes Formula One car on the climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141800-15)
Mercedes Formula One car on the climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141800-15)
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MOTORSPORT fanatics, enthusiasts and families enjoyed the sunshine at a festival’s first full day of racing.

Visitors rubbed shoulders with world racing champions, while many soaked up the atmosphere in the Cartier Lounge or McLaren stage.

This weekend is the annual Festival of Speed, which takes place at Goodwood near to Chichester.

Each year thousands of people pack the venue to feast their eyes on cars and bikes old and new, as well as watch demonstrations from vintage and newer models.

The sounds of engines revving once again filled the air to mark the start of the three-day motoring festival.

Sir Stirling Moss, who is a Festival of Speed regular, spoke to commentators, and said that he prefers the older cars.

He said: ‘I always enjoy Festival of Speed.

‘It is wonderful to be here.

‘If I was a child here I would definitely be more fascinated by the old cars.

‘There is nothing to beat their sound.’

Wayne Gardner, former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer champion was also among the crowds.

He said: ‘Riding bikes is always fun and having a fantastic crowd is the best thing.’

He thanked Lord March for the invitation to this year’s festival.

Crowds also gathered for the Bonham’s auction.

A 1973 Ferrari Dino 246GTS sold for £261,900 including premium, while a 1958 AC Ace Roadster sold for £147,100 including premium.

A 1961 Jaguar E-type series 1 sold for £203,100 including premium.

As well as experiencing thrills on the roads, those who attended yesterday’s opening day also took to looking at the skies.

Thousands of Festival of Speed visitors tore their focus away from the hill climb to spot the Red Arrows fly by at Goodwood.

The air display by the elite flying squad lasted for at least 10 minutes, until the Arrows did a low fly-past over Chichester

The sky was decorated with trails of the famous coloured smoke.

The Red Arrows were due to fly again today.

There was also a display from the almighty Typhoon, which will be back tomorrow at midday.

To find out more about the event, visit grrc.goodwood.com/section/festival-of-speed