Goodwood Festival of Speed - Day One

So its that time of year again and the one I have been waiting all year long for! Goodwood Festival of Speed! The greatest automotive event in the UK and some say in the world!

This year I decided to go for two days and add a few extras like grandstand tickets and a helicopter flight as well so I was even more excited for this one! Friday came and it was time head down to Goodwood, with it being an almost 5 hour journey I set off the day before and decided to visit Down House where Charles Darwin lived, a great experience and a nice start to what would be an epic weekend.

Saturday morning came and the wait was finally over. A nice early morning rise of 4.30am and an hours drive to Goodwood and I was there. I managed to get almost to the front of the queue, fifth in line actually and the rush to get to the supercar paddock began.

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Every year I like to get to the supercar paddock before the crowds, shots like this become impossible when the crowds begin. Some of the cars on display this year were incredible. Ranging from the amazing FXX programme Ferraris, Aston Martin with their beautiful cars and the stunning Vulcan to exclusive debuts of cars like the Porsche GT2 RS and the crazy Jaguar Project 8 The Ford GT, Koenigsegg Agera RS Naraya, Lamborghini Centenario were also all stand out cars in the Michelin supercar paddock this year.

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After the supercar paddock it was time to visit the first glance paddock which had some fantastic new metal on show. Certainly the stand out car was the Rolls Royce Sweptail, a custom made coach built one off rumoured to have cost £10m!!! The most expensive new car ever! After some delicious breakfast next up was the Rolls Royce stand where the new range of black badge cars were on display withe Dawn taking centre stage. On the way to Cartier lawn was the Bugatti stand and WOW what a collection of cars they had on show this year! Six Veyrons and two Chirons to be precise, ranging from the super sport WRE and Vitesse to special editions like the Pur Sang chrome Veyron. The Cartier lawn was next and again the cars on display were simply jaw dropping! Very few places in the world can you see a McLaren F1, Bugatti Veyron, Koenigsegg CC8S, and Ferrari Enzo alongside iconic classics from Aston Martin, Maserati and Ferrari. Not forgetting the one and only Ferrari 250 GTO, the most valuable car on the planet!

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My head was truly in a spin by this point, Goodwood had excelled itself once again and I thought the cars just couldn't get any better. Next stop.. McLaren house where the 570S spider had its debut this year and the 720S Velocity from MSO was also on display. I think the 720S may have been the highlight of the show for me, I wasn't too sure about it in photos but when I seen it in person I was hugely impressed. An amazing looking car!

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After a crazy dash around to get the best shots I could it was time to breath again and slow down a little. Next stop was a look around the countless race cars on display. Everything from the 1911 "Beast of Turin" to modern day formula 1 car were on display and would be blasting up the hillclimb all weekend. The afternoon was spent looking around the various manufacturer stands which you'd have to see to believe. They really are huge with some up to 3 floors high. The Jaguar Land Rover stand always has lots on offer with their off road experience and a chance to take a sideways passenger ride in the F-Type! The Ford stand epitomises Goodwood for me, its full of cool cars and exciting things to see and do, from the speed face wind machine to the huge air bag jump at the back, the Ford stand always delivers!

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After looking around the majority of the stands I headed for the BMW stand and the great owners hospitality area. This years was great with grass and deck chairs on the top floor and a great place to chill out in the sun and recharge the batteries with some free refreshments. Who doesn't love a freebie!

Last stop for the day was a trip up to the rally stage, somewhere I'd not seen at Goodwood before. I took the courtesy tractor up the hill and couldn't believe what I found up there! It was like a whole new festival with a huge paddock area and a whole rally forest stage. Lots of iconic rally cars like the Escort Cosworths, Subaru Imprezas and Ford Focus' were on show. So after a look around the supercar car park which always has some amazing treats to see it was time to head back to my hotel for the night and prepare for Sunday.

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Usual Goodwood traffic made the journey back pretty horrendous but still on a high from the day it couldn't get me down! One of the best automotive days of my life was now over. Only just over 12 hours until I could do it all over again........