goodwood festival of speed

Photo Gallery – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – On the hill

In the final of our three 2016 Festival of Speed galleries, we’ve covered the all-important action of cars tackling the hillclimb course. 2016 Goodwood FoS CR00008Don’t forget to check out our two previous galleries – the first covering the best bits from the race car paddocks, and the second made up of new road cars on show.

Road cars on the hill

Race Cars on the hill


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.


2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed – Moving Motor Show Gallery

ESM has been to the Goodwood Festival of Speed before – the last time back in 2012 – but this year was a little different. 

2015 Goodwood Festival of SpeedIt started with a letter from the Earl of March inviting ESM to the Festival of Speed as a fully fledged member of the media. It ended with driving almost 700 miles in 30 hours in order to spend just one day there but, when the Earl of March invites you, it’d be rude not to make an appearance.

2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Esso liveried retro Toyota GT86 was our favourite

In Festival of Speed tradition, we’ve broken the galleries down into batches. This first one covers the cars of the Moving Motor Show, while the second and third will include the iconic racers and findings from around the festival respectively. The Moving Motor Show has become a big part of the Festival of Speed, giving the public the change to pilot a wide range of cars up the famous hill climb course. So from the meagre, to the mighty, all the below could be driven.


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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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…)

New Ford Focus ST to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

You know it, we love the Ford Focus ST here at EngageSportMode. So much so that we awarded the ST Mountune Estate the prestigious ESM ‘best car driven in 2013‘ prize earlier this year. So news of a new one has got us understandably excited.


Excited, and in suspense, as so far Ford is keeping tight-lipped about the revised Focus ST. Obviously, the enhancements and changes from the recently facelifted regular Focus should all be present, but that’s about all we know so far. Oh, other than the fact there’s going to be a diesel ST for the first time!

With over 140,000 Focus ST models sold worldwide, it’s pretty big deal for Ford, especially on the back of the success of the mighty Fiesta ST. So expectations are high, and if you’re at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday you’ll get the chance to see the new car in the flesh. Based on the teasing video Ford has released, it sounds pretty naughty:

Most important thing from that video? The fact Tangerine Scream paintwork is still there. Excellent! There’ll also be the chance to see the new Mustang for the first time at Goodwood, along with a real vs. digital challenge on Ford’s special Gran Turismo 6 simulators.

We’ll bring you all the news on the revised Focus ST as we get it, along with updates from Goodwood.