The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed (FoS) is “Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power”.
To illustrate that theme, motorsport aficionado Lord March and his team have gathered the show’s usual extraordinary collection of two- and four-wheeled machinery from nearly every leading form of motorsport imaginable.
But more about that later…
For the moment, the programme is devoted to the so-called Moving Motor Show which provides members of the public with a chance to test drive a selection of premium models around the wooded grounds of Goodwood House.
Also up and running already is the Michelin Supercar Paddock. This feast for the eyes has gathered around 50 of the world’s most sublime machines, including the 1,479hp Bugatti Chiron which is due to be seen in action for the first time later this week.
Hill climb competition proper doesn’t begin until early tomorrow morning (Friday), but that will give the track a chance to dry out after overnight thunder storms. More heavy rain is expected later today but sunnier weather is said to be on its way to West Sussex later for the weekend.
The rally stage is well worth a visit, too, thanks to an entry of some outstanding cars of all ages, including the world title holder – the Volkswagen Polo R WRC/Michelin – in the hands of Flying Finn Jari-Matti Latvala.
Meanwhile, the Central Feature for this year’s FoS is the work of British sculptor Gerry Judah whose sweeping aerial work celebrates the centenary of BMW. Starring on its different branches are a BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Brabham-BMW BT52 Formula 1 car of the 1980s and the V12 LMR which won Le Mans with Michelin in 1999.