Following a wet night, and resulting wet tent, ESM set off for a third day at Goodwood. Naturally, being the weekend, Saturday was far busier than the preceding two days. Whereas earlier access to cars was pretty much unfettered, Saturday meant queuing up to try to get photos or see things. ESM took a tactical decision late on Saturday that, rather than risk several hours attempting to leave on Sunday afternoon, we wouldn’t bother with the fourth day of the Festival.
This meant Saturday was the last on track action we saw; neatly topped off with the fireworks display to celebrate the Festival of Speed Ball. Enjoy:
Not the usual thing to have in front of your house. Beats some gravel or garden gnomes I guess.
Crazy Nissan Juke-R – crossover body meets GT-R running gear in mental hatchback mashup
More modestly powered Toyota GRMN IQ Supercharged,
Porsche chose to show off the Cayenne’s off-road ability with this rally-style course. If you fancied waiting 1.5 hours you could tag along for a passenger ride.
Crazy drift angles ahoy.
Muddier than most Cayenne’s will probably ever get.
A scene that will probably be familiar to anyone at Silverstone this weekend.
Lotus Renault R30 returns from the top of the hill.
Johnny Mowlem brings the Lotus 125 back towards the paddock.
Senna’s Lotus 98T again.
Wedge-like Lotus-Cosworth 58 in Gold Leaf colours from 1968. Never turned a wheel in anger.
Unmistakable Lotus 49 leads the short-lived Lotus 76 home.
That blur in the front window of the Infiniti FX is Seb Vettel. Well, you try getting him to slow down!
Mighty Cummins 95 litre V16 with over 4,000 bhp and close to 12,000 lb-ft of torque. Might not fit under the bonnet of most cars sadly.
Colour and noise on the Harley-Davidson stand.
Vintage Americana in the shape of a Ford Thunderbird.
A more modern Ford; the Fiesta ST Concept. Production is slated to begin in January 2013 according to Ford UK.
Custom chopper action. Posing promo girl just out of shot to the left, hence the stares from onlookers!
Ford Evos concept. ESM’s mate Dave demands they build it looking like that!
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake AMG, cunningly disguised as a Zebra. A twin turbo V8-powered Zebra that is.
Hard as nails Nissan Juke-R
Who could it possibly belong to?
680 bhp? In a Mustang? Yes please! The 2012 GT500.
Classic race bikes line-up. John Surtees leads the way.
Others choose to create a smoke-screen to hide their launch.
Marc Gene gets ready to drive the 2011 Ferrari F10 up the hill climb course.
1974 Ferrari 312 B3 prepares to follow.
Lotus Renault R30…..again.
2010 and 2011 F1 World Championship Sebastian Vettel takes to the grid. An incredibly long demonstration in doughnuts followed!
Nick Heidfled stalks closer in the 1998 McLaren Mercedes MP4-13. Heidfeld set the course record in 1999 with this car; the first year this writer attended the FoS.
F1 cars are now banned from timed runs up the hill, and instead have to make do with demonstration runs instead.
Heading towards the exit, a Koenigsegg catches our eye.
Saturday night fireworks viewed from Campsite E.
An impressive pair.
The road home on Sunday morning. Immaturity takes over.
One whippet bored of hearing about Goodwood.
That’s all photo-wise from ESM at the Festival of Speed. However, expect some noisy video action and a more serious editorial piece soon.