Photo Gallery – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – Motor Show

Ok, officially Thursday is the Moving Motor Show at the Festival of Speed. But, there are so many elaborate manufacturer stands there, that the entire weekend has become the de facto British motor show. 2016 Goodwood FoS

We featured part one – our highlights from the race car paddocks – yesterday. In this section we’ve also included the road cars featured in the Michelin Supercar Run, First Glance paddock, and the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ Concours display. It goes without saying that there was a lot of new metal on display!


Photo Gallery – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – Paddock Action

Despite weather that threatened to make Goodwood seem more like Glastonbury at times, the 2016 Festival of Speed proved to be as impressive as ever. ESM was there, for two days this time, getting up close and personal with as much of the machinery as possible. We could write 1,000s of words but, instead, we’ll give you the pictures first. 2016 Goodwood Festival of SpeedTrying to pick which photos to feature isn’t easy given the ridiculous selection of race and road cars on offer at the Festival of Speed. To try and keep things simple, we’ve broken it down into three galleries: the highlights from the paddock, what the manufacturers brought to the motor show, and cars in action tackling the hill climb. In this first gallery we’ve covered our favourites from the various paddocks at Goodwood, where it’s possible to be inches away from priceless racers and motorsport icons. We’ve also included what we found after the (long) trek to the rally stage at the top of the hill, and a special feature on BMW.

2016 Festival of Speed – Main Paddock

BMW Paddock Highlights
BMW was the featured marque at the Festival of Speed, so the brand accounted for a lot of the cars on display. Including one particular car that’s very dear to ESM’s heart.  (more…)

2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed – Gallery Three

After parts one and two of our 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed gallery bonanza, comes this final one.

2015 Goodwood FOS Honda Stand 001

It sometimes seems hard to believe that car manufacturers have for a number of years expressed no real interest in a real British motor show, yet are willing to have huge stands like the ones seen at Goodwood. With the Moving Motor Show especially, the Festival of Speed is now the UK’s de facto motoring extravaganza. These pics are what we found when wandering amongst those giant stands:


2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed – The Racers Gallery

Whilst the Festival of Speed has grown to become the de facto British motor show, it’s still all about the epic racing cars that tackle the hill climb course. Our second 2015 gallery features some of the exotic and expensive machinery found in the paddock.

2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed Racers 007

A whole class was dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR this year. An awful lot of money under one tent.


Friday Photo – Six Retro Themed Toyota GT86 for Goodwood

We like the Toyota GT86. We also like retro-racer inspired liveries. So a bundle of six GT86s finished in classic Toyota racing colour schemes sounds like a pretty good deal to us!

2015 Toyota GT86 Retro Livery 001

Celebrating some 50 years of Toyota motorsport heritage, the six models have been vinyl-wrapped, lowered by 40mm, had stainless steel exhausts fitted and Rota alloy wheels bolted on. They look pretty damn awesome, and it took us a while to pick a favourite. Naturally, for ESM, it was the orange Esso liveried one but the red and yellow striped #98 is a close second.

The cars will be on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Moving Motor Show on Thursday 25th June, where members of the public will be able to drive them. Up the hill climb course. At Goodwood. Yeah, we know! So pick your own personal winner, and get yourself along to Goodwood later this month. Although you might have to try to drag ESM from the Esso sponsored car; you have been warned.

In case you’re wondering just where the inspiration from the above came from, take a look below: (more…)

Friday Photo – 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

EngageSportMode wasn’t at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, instead spending last weekend at Croft Circuit for the British Touring Car Championship. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring you photo highlights from Goodwood. We promise there’s no flamboyant trousers or Red Arrows content contained within.

2014 GFoS 01 Sculpture

Drawing in over 200,000 spectators across the four days, this year’s Festival of Speed turned out to be a record breaker. Whether it was Jann Mardenborough setting a winning supercar time in a Nissan GT-R, Sir Chris Hoy making a complete mess of a Nissan GT-R or Sebastien Loeb demonstrating he hasn’t lost any talent on the rally stage, there was action everywhere. As anyone who has been to Goodwood will attest, it’s impossible to see and cover everything. But with the help of the great people at Newspress, we’ve brought you the photo highlights we’ve seen from the weekend. Here’s some of the old and new iconic racers which took to the hill:

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New – Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

Let’s be honest, we’re probably best off adding the phrase “at the Goodwood Festival of Speed” to anything regarding hot hatches this week. After Ford and Honda, here comes Peugeot with their special edition GTi launched there today. There’s more than meets the eye with this one though.

2014 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniverary 01

1984 was a particularly good year although, with this writer’s impending third decade fast approaching, I would be inclined to say that. However, it also marked the introduction of Peugeot’s iconic 205 GTi; the model virtually every fast Peugeot, and hot hatch in general, has been benchmarked against by motoring journalists ever since. So, to commemorate such a substantive piece of automotive history, Peugeot has created this 30th Anniversary limited edition version of the 208 GTi.

2014 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniverary 02

Let’s get the obvious out-of-the-way; that two-tone colour scheme. We’ve already seen Peugeot use this on the 308 R concept from last year, and we weren’t particularly a fan then. The textured black and high gloss red are divided by a coupe tranche: an oblique straight line. If we’re being honest, it reminds us a little too much of dip dye ombre hair. Luckily single tone Pearl White and Ruby Red options are available too.

Chrome trim on the regular GTi is replaced with matt black, covering the grille surround, fog light bezels and window surrounds. The wing mirrors also get the matt black treatment, as do the side skirts and wheel arch extensions; themselves housing matt black 18″ alloy wheels. Inside there are black Alcantara bucket seats, gloss black trim and a unique numbered plaque saying which 208 GTi 30th you’ve got.

Exterior meddling aside, it’s under the skin that the 30th Anniversary becomes quite a serious prospect. Most impressive is the fitment of the six-speed gearbox and Torsen Limited Slip Differential from the RCZ R coupé. Clearly Peugeot aims for this GTi to be able to take on track day action with ease. Matched with a power boost to 205 bhp and 221 lb-ft of torque, 0-62 mph arrives in 6.5 seconds – a 0.3 sec reduction. Emissions from the 1.6 litre THP four-cylinder engine stay at a competitive 125g/km, meaning the GTi 30th is still a relatively frugal machine. (more…)

News and photos – Jaguar F-Type Project 7

At last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar showed off a lightweight concept version of the F-Type Roadster. Public response was so good that they’ve decided to build it as a limited edition to showcase JLR’s new Special Operations team. Enter the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar.

2014 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 01

The overarching aim of the car is to show off that the recently formed Special Operations team is not just about sticking extra bits to regular Jaguars, but is about thoroughly re-engineering them. Project 7 showcases just that, with a fully road-legal roadster that adds power, reduces weight and gains retro touches over the regular F-Type.

2014 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 06

Most prominent is, of course, the aerodynamic fairing mounted on the rear boot deck which replicates the shape of the Jaguar D-Type racer. Project 7 celebrates the three Le Mans wins taken by the D-Type, whilst encapsulating the seven total overall wins the marque has had at the 24 hour race. If you’re wondering why the car wasn’t launched at Le Mans this year, it’s probably to do with the fact Jaguar wasn’t competing… (more…)

EngageSportMode is NOT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

Unlike last year, EngageSportMode decided not to make the pilgrimage to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s a very long way from Newcastle Upon Tyne, ESM’s Mate Dave has just bought a house, and if you go every year it might lose the novelty.

So, instead, ESM is at home watching the Festival of Speed unfold by the power of Twitter. It’s a lot like being there, just without the £8 burgers, stupid blazers and the smell of burnt rubber and clutch. Almost identical you could say. It would have been great to have seen the Volkswagen Polo R WRC hammering up the hill in anger (or doing doughnuts like yesterday) but that will have to wait for another time.

The Festival of Speed organisers have set up a rather good live blog at showing off Instagram  and Twitter tagged photos and thoughts.

Plus, if you want read all about EngageSportMode’s experience at last year’s event, feel free to read these:

If you’re there this weekend, do let EngageSportMode know what your favourite car/bike/champagne bar was. Oh, and for old time’s sake, here is the ESM favourite from last year, the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept (again):


Editorial – Who Is The GFoS Really Aimed At?

A week on from the Festival of Speed and I have had the time to reflect on my experience at Goodwood. By now the magazines and websites have published their glowing reports of how it was the greatest event on the planet, offered unrivalled access and gave (journalists at least) the chance to drive iconic cars. Press accredited access is one thing, but what was it like for the regular punter.

This was the first time I’d attended the FoS since 2002, the first time I’d camped there and the first time I’d been free from parental influence. As such, it was the first FoS where I’d truly been conscious of the costs and efforts needed to attend. When you live in North-East England, travelling to West Sussex is not the work of a couple of hours. This was why ESM travelled down on the Wednesday night, stayed in a cheap hotel and got to Goodwood on Thursday lunchtime. Luckily ESM’s mate Dave has a Seat Leon FR TDi which meant the trip and fuel costs weren’t too horrendous. Plus I very much doubt we would have fitted all the assorted detritus into the boot of the Polo!

Trying to work out who the FoS is aimed at isn’t particularly easy. On one hand you have the Veuve Clicquot champagne bar, exclusive restaurants and cafes, the Cartier Style et Luxe exhibit and a drivers paddock sponsored by an investment firm. Along with this you have big stands from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley and corporate hospitality seemingly packed despite costing around £500 a head for the cheapest seats. Blink, and at times it was hard to believe we’re in one of the worst economic situations the modern world has ever faced. Goodwood is about big money; the kind of money that gets richer during a recession. Where else would you see stands selling helicopters, private jets and bespoke carbon-fibre furniture. (more…)