My 4th Goodwood Festival of Speed has to be my best yet, even though I missed lots of things. This was because of two reasons; Firstly I was there with the GTSpirit.com guys as well as Lamborghini Club UK so it was imperative that I get shots of certain cars and stars but, more importantly I went up the hill 5 times, 3 times during the Thursday Moving Motor Show (MMS) and twice during the all important Saturday supercar runs.
During the MMS I got to drive an Alfa Romeo MiTo Cloverleaf followed by a fast ride in an Audi R8 V10 and toping it off with a drive of the Mercedes CL63 AMG. Understandably this took most of the morning and then it was off to collect the press passes and see what else was around.
Most of Friday morning was spent up at the rally stage watching Kris Meeke throwing the new WRC Mini round the course before I wandered down the hill just after lunch where I met up with on of the GTSpirit guys. A chain of events meant that the next few hours were spent with Lexus before back up the rally stage to track down Ken Block.
Saturday was the big day when I was actually going to drive up the hill that afternoon. Before that however I got a call from Fiat PR to say there was a passenger seat in the Fiat Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari if I can get there in the next few minutes. Well, I made it just in time and had an enjoyable ride up the hill amongst the supercars. With only a few hours until I had to sign in as a driver I hung about near the house and caught the touring and WRC cars on their run and the Red Arrows display. Time for the big event: my drive of the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition package in the afternoon supercar run, the same run that Jenson Button led. Two hours later and time to enjoy Fos with my family who had come along to watch my 5 minutes of fame. Sunday I was too tired to attend, but wish I had dragged myself along even to see the Vulcan - I could hear it from almost 10 miles away.
My reviews of the above cars can all be found here FoS 2011 reviews
The galleries are split in to 3: Rally cars, Pagini Huayra and everything else.
All images © DSW 2011.