With several hundred cars and bikes due to tackle the Goodwood hill, the only way you can guarantee you will see all of them is to pick a spot by the track and stay rooted to it all day.
Unfortunately, I did not have the time to do do that. And when I eventually did get to watch any of the action, my phone’s battery had died, so I could not take any pictures.
Still, I took some whilst I was wondering around the paddocks. So here are just a very few of the cars that caught my eye.
Mercedes re-entered Grand Prix racing in 1954 and swept the F1 board with the W196. The streamlined car was used at faster tracks like Monza. Fangio used the car to take 2 championships
The Maserati Tipo 151 was immensely powerful, thanks to its 5.0 V8 engine. But its Drogo-designed ‘breadvan’ body wasn’t aerodynamically stable and it crashed during practice for Le Mans in 1965
The Maserati Tipo 61 was nicknamed ‘Birdcage’ after its complicated, delicate spaceframe chassis. It had success in privateer hands and always won the beauty contest
The Ford Galaxie 500 won the British saloon car title in 1963, perhaps because it was simply too big to overtake on our narrow circuits, or because in Jack Sears’ hands it was hugely fast
Both of these cars are roughly the same age and have raced at Pikes Peak. The Peugeot 405 T16 won in 1988 (this car was 2nd), the Ford RS200 has been campaigned since 2001, most recently by Brit Liam Doran
Speaking of the Ford RS200, did you know one was raced in the American IMSA series? This is it. It ran 4 times, with a best finish of 16th. Not good, but it does have 750bhp
Variety is the spice of life at Goodwood. Here we have 80’s touring cars, a current Hyundai i20 WRC, classic Alfas, a 1996 Mitsubishi Dakar racer…
You wait your whole life to see a racing Jaguar XJ220… The Martini-liveried car’s team won its class at Le Mans, only to be excluded. The blue car was built by Don Law specifically to tackle the Goodwood Hill
Moving right up-to-date, this Aston V12 Vantage GTE came fresh from winning its class at Le Mans only a couple of weeks ago, still caked in dirt (a Goodwood tradition)
The #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro won this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours outright, the team of Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer taking their third victory in the race
The Audi R18 was keeping company with the Team Goh R8, LM winner in 2004, and a 2010 R15 TDi plus
Just 60 years separate this 1965 Alpine M65 from the (replica) 1906 Renault Type K behind it. The Alpine managed 166mph at Le Mans with a 1.3 engine. The GP-winnng Type K had a 12.9 monster and could barely crack 100mph. That’s an amazing rate of development
The deceptively tiny Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 proved hugely effective in sports car racing, winning the grueling Targa Florio in ’71, despite its relatively small engine. It looked very pretty doing so, too
A young Ayrton Senna hit the headlines when he decimated the field in an all-star race that launched the Mercedes 190E 2.3-16, driving this very car
This very McLaren F1 GTR finished third at Le Mans in 1995, having led for 13 hours. Proving that the F1 was never meant to be a race car, it is now taxed, MoT’d and registered.