Spectacular Festival of Speed thrillsthousands of dedicated onlookers...

Stars from various motoring disciplines and beyond have been taking to the track at Goodwood's Festival of Speed.

Monday, 27th June 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:53 pm
Vaughn Gittin JR, World Champion Drifter Picture: Michael John Reed REEDIMAGE

Spectators saw the likes of F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, racing legend Sir Sterling Moss and Hollywood star Keanu Reeves tackle the hill climb.

Completing the course in Button’s 2009 championship winning car was former F1 racer and commentator Martin Brundle.

Martin said: ‘I like, if I can, having a wander around the stands and seeing the cars and bikes, the old-timers, all sorts of interesting things but it’s just lovely to get back in the cockpit of a racing car.

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‘It makes me feel at home.’

Also at the event was American rally star Ken Block, who was enjoying the atmosphere.

He said: ‘It’s really fun for me; Ford takes care of me very well, Goodwood takes very good care of me.

‘It’s nice to come here see all this amazing equipment, I get to drive my car and interact with a lot of the fans.

‘Always, every time I come here, the biggest highlight for me is seeing the old group E rally cars. That’s something that’s very dear to my heart.

‘That’s around the time that I really started to pay attention to rally as a kid so for me to come out and see those cars, see them run especially – some of them run very aggressively; that’s a very cool thing for me.’

Brundle, who has previously won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, added: ‘I saw the Porsche Le Mans car that’s parked next door to us; I fancy a go in that.

‘One or two of the older McLarens – everything’s pretty fun.

‘I even fancy a go on a bike.’

Legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss has praised the crowds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The motorsport icon, 86, is a regular at the annual event and always proves a popular sight with racing fans.

Stirling said: ‘It’s a fantastic place. There’s the enthusiasm of the crowds and everything.

‘I mean take today for instance; it’s a really awful day and it’s packed.

I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m amazed every time I come down the road to look up on the hill and see this mass of cars.’