Every year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) is a highlight on the automotive event calendar; from the new and exclusive car launches, to the famous Hillclimb, it’s a car enthusiast’s perfect dream.
Naturally, this year was no different and if you ask us, it was potentially the best one we’ve ever seen thanks, in no small part, to its theme – Full Throttle: The Endless Pursuit of Power.
Literally thousands of people gathered together for Goodwood – even the rain couldn’t stop folks from flocking to the sight of luxury SUVs, hot hatches, heroes of F1 motorsport and of course, the supercars we all love.
If you were there, you know exactly what we’re talking about, but in case you missed it, we’ve got an amazing round up of the best and most exhilarating cars that were on show at this year’s Festival of Speed.
Aston Martin: Best of British
This year, Aston Martin is tucking itself away after a job extremely well done thanks to a sell-out crowd at its best of brand show.
During this, the British manufacturer officially debuted the new DB11, which was driven by none other than the brand’s CEO Dr Andy Palmer.
The Aston Martin Vulcan also won this year’s Michelin Showstopper award, making the festival something of a success for the Brits!
This other iconic British manufacturer wasn’t to be outdone however, as a Jaguar F-Pace was seen making a dramatic two-wheeled drive up the the festival’s famous Hill.
Clearly it wasn’t content with setting the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest loop-the-loop at Goodwood last year.
The centenary of BMW
BMW was celebrating in full force at the FoS this year, with a concourse of 28 vehicles from its history making the Hillclimb.
Cars ranged from the pre-war 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe and the latest M6 GT3 model. Many of the manufacturer’s past works drivers were getting behind the wheel of the cars, including Steve Soper, who was reunited with the BMW-engined McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ he drove at Le Mans in 1997.
Clash of the Titans
Not just an excellent film – and a tragic remake – this was a section of Goodwood that took this year’s theme and spun it on its head.
These pre-war models took to the Hill on Sunday (26th June) and they included a 28.3-litre Fiat S61 that literally belches flame and was referred to as the Beast of Turin.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
The brand-spanking new Mercedes-AMG GTR was yet another to join the line-up for the world-famous Hillclimb at the weekend, and it was Tobias Moers, as the newest member of the Mercedes family, who had the honour of taking it for a spin.
An impressive model, this new variant from the German manufacturer boasts a 4.0-litre V8 engine that can reach 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and look damn good while doing it.
Cooking on gas
Determined to showcase the best of its theme, the Goodwood Action Sports arena – otherwise known as GAS – was the playground for some of world’s best extreme BMX riders.
Huge ramps saw these freestyle nutters flying tens of feet into the air and performing tricks that would make Evil Kenevil nervous.
Fans saw the likes of Petr Pilat, Ryan Brown and Ricky Carmichael take to this BMX Dirt course that took up a massive four acres of the ground. It just shows, you don’t just have to be in a car to be in the pursuit of power.
Super performance motorsport
There were an endless list of supercars in attendance at Goodwood 2016, but on Friday 24th June, all eyes were on Katsuaki Kubota, as he drove the ex-Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 97T up the famous Hill.
Kubota has had amazing times in this vehicle, securing three World Championship wins in it starting with the Formula One top prize at Estoril in April 1985.
Seeing this spectacle was truly watching a piece of motorsport history and it was joined by many other icons, including the Renault RS01 and Porsche-engined McLaren-TAG MP4/2.
Goodwood FoS 2016 – you were amazing and we cannot WAIT to see what the theme is for next year. Roll on, 2017!