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Goodwood Festival of Speed: Day One

  1. Try driving a car off a show stand at, say, the Geneva Motor Show, and you’ll be swiftly pursued by an angry Swiss policeman. Try it at Goodwood and you’ll be directed towards the start line and told to get a move on.

    This is what the first day of the Festival of Speed is all about. Since the actual British Motor Show was dropped a few years back, Goodwood has been the place to see shiny new cars in the UK. So the Festival is now stretched over four days, with today – the first day – devoted to the Moving Motorshow.

    It’s a chance for people to actually have a go in new cars, rather than stare at them on show stands while bored girls in dresses stand in the way. At the bottom of the hill is a big marquee with a road through the middle and exhibition stands either side, which serve as bus stops as drivers jump in and out. Early risers found themselves aboard BMW M4s, Aston Rapides and Peugeot RCZ-Rs, among other things. Those who arrived late were admonished with a drive of the Dacia Sandero Stepway.

    Essentially it’s a warm-up act for the main show, which gets going tomorrow when they fire up the noisy stuff. So while people squabbled over keys, we had a nose around the quieter corners of the site. Check out our gallery for a taster of what to expect over the next few days, including the customary epic sculpture, which this year reaches right over the house like a massive rainbow. Lovely.

    Oh, and if you’re heading down, look out for the bronze trophy shaped like Clarkson’s face, recently awarded by Top Gear magazine to a certain manufacturer from Woking. Let us know if you spot it…

  2. Should there be any fiery issues when the mighty Bloodhound SSC goes for the 1000mph land speed record, they’ll be dealt with by this Supacat

  3. Fancy a go in an electric Defender? It’s up here. Dare you

  4. Peugeot’s 270bhp RCZ-R heads up the Hill

  5. Here’s the BMX and motocross track

  6. Look out for Webber’s new wheels by the posh Porsche enclosure

  7. Good news! Crowd goes wild for the mighty Dacia Sandero Stepway

  8. This year’s sculpture, featuring a couple of Merc Grand Prix cars, sweeps right over the house

  9. It’s Clarkson’s trophy face!

  10. A man prepares some tyres in the F1 paddock. Looks like they might get through a few sets. Bring on the donuts…

  11. The Top Gear simulator, bringing mild nausea to a stomach near you

  12. The winning Audi E-Tron, fresh from Le Mans. And still wearing bugs, rubber and oil

  13. Behold… the Mustang pickup!

  14. Ten points to the first person who correctly identifies this car and translates the message…

  15. Ford stand features built-in helter-skelter thing

  16. BMW M4 heads up the hill…

  17. …followed by a someone in a Fiat

  18. Remote-controlled racing in the BMW area

  19. Vintage AA bike on standby for inevitable breakdowns

  20. A Rolls Royce Pegasus engine, usually found in Sea Harriers and other airborne things

  21. You can make up your own joke for this one

  22. Bulldog stunt plane, not to be confused with a Chipmunk (which is also a stunt plane, just not a wobbly-faced caninel)

  23. You have been warned

  24. Last week, Nissan showed us pics of the Vision Gran Turismo. Today, it unveiled a full-size model. Good, innit?

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