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The annual Goodwood Festival of speed never disappoints. Every year I think it has the potential to become the victim of its own success as it borders on being too crowded, but there is no denying it is still one of the automotive and motorsport highlights of the year.
This year it was Aston Martin’s turn in the spotlight with an elegant 31m high sculpture towering above Goodwood House, which had a beautiful DBR1 balanced as its centrepiece. Celebrating 60 years since it first won at Le Mans, the marque had every era of their history represented with many taking part in the main event, the hillclimb. The weekend was split by contrasting weather conditions: Saturday’s spectators hid from the blistering midday sun, with Sunday seeing incessant rain. VW brought along it’s ID-R electric race car, and made the best of Saturday’s grippy conditions and during the official timed session at the end of the day, it broke the hill climb record that had stood for over 20 years crossing the finish line in 39.90 seconds. Given that it was a car tuned for specifically for the climb, it was then astounding to see the WRX cars climbing the hill only a handful of seconds slower.
The festival speed is usually dominated by modern day race and supercars and often the only place in the UK that you’ll be able to see new rarities in the metal. Indeed, given Goodwood’s prestige, some OEM’s use it to launch new cars. One of the most talked about new releases was the new De Thomaso that made its public debut at the event. Beautifully finished in a deep burgundy with Rose Gold trim finishes, it was on the whole very well received, as were the quartet of Zagato’s that were lined up alongside the Aston Martins. McLaren showed off their new 3 seater Speedtail hypercar alongside the 720S Spider, and being a family event, they made their stand even more appealing to the dads with their full size Lego model of their Senna. Given that the new Lotus hypercar, the Evija, was released to the public only a week after Goodwood, it was surprising to a few that Goodwood wasn’t used to at least provide a sneak preview of the car, but it could be argued that in such a crowded space some of the impact would have been lost.
As impressive as it is walking around the Supercar Paddock getting close to cars retailing at 6 figures or more, the event always attracts the old favourites. The supercars you remembered from your childhood, the rallying icons, or the famous race liveries. A Sainz era Toyota Celica parked next to a Martini liveried Delta Integrale. A GT40 in classic Gulf colours parked next to another Martini Porsche. And then a collection of classic Stirling Moss era Mercedes Mille Milia cars. We all love modern day exotica, but we all still love the romance that comes with such historical cars, and this year it was impossible not to well up slightly at the sight of thirteen F1 cars that were all driven by Michael Schumacher throughout his racing career. Celebrating 25 years since Schumacher won his first world championship, the cars lined up next to each other which as well as serving as a wonderful tribute to the great F1 driver, for the F1 fans it clearly showed the progression of the design changes over the past three decades.
As always, Goodwood put on an event that showed why it is still the centre piece of the British motoring calendar. Next up, the Revival!
As July approaches our creative team are beginning to get the usual requests to produce animations and visuals for the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2019.
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Driving down to Goodwood on Sunday morning, following a Lamborghini and keeping a watch on the Ferrari behind, I was reminded of a comment by Peter Stevens, “there are a lot of super cars, but not many super drivers!”.
Feeling a little bit of a fraud in the Zenos E10R, I parked up in the paddock whilst the line up of exotic machines on the start finish straight extended beyond the chicane.
It was great to walk round and discuss the various cars with friends and colleagues, and listen in on the comments of the crowd about the differing designs and what is the definition of a supercar! As far as our discussions were concerned they seemed to concentrate on details that we are currently in negotiation with engineers about, under/over flush conditions, door release positions and legal light heights!
This event has changed over the years and is now huge with very organised parking, a simulator ride, numerous breakfast bars to satisfy the bacon butty brigade and various stalls selling their products.
One of the more interesting exhibitors being Greenpower Education Trust who are a UK based charity which gets young people enthusiastic about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car. Have a look at their website here.
So with a clear road up through Petworth on the way back allowing me to enjoy the great handling of the Zenos, I look forward to catching up with more of you at the next ‘designer’s breakfast club’!
The Coventry University Automotive and Transport Design Degree Show once again showcases the talented designers graduating from this highly regarded course.
Chris Longmore presented the Drive Sketchbook Award to Marco Gulla whose sketching output clearly demonstrated his ideas and concepts through inspiring and engaging hand-drawn sketches.
Along with the Award he received £500 to enable him to continue his design appreciation and development. Hopefully he will use it to travel!!
Marco was a deserving winner, with other designers such as Alexey Andreev and Yinhan Zhang also displaying a clear understanding of the benefit of a sketchbook to capture ideas and thoughts at any time; realising it is the instant impulse that makes them so valuable rather than sketches retouched through photoshop.
To see more of the exhibits please follow the link here XXX
Worth visiting to see the professionalism of all the designers –
Automotive and Transport Degree Show times –
Thursday May 16th 2019 6-10pm : Industry Preview night
The Collective at Coventry
Thursday 16th – Saturday 25th May 2019
*Sunday May 19th Degree Shows are closed
I wrote this post 5 years ago.
So it is now 25 years since Senna passed away, and 5 years on Michael Schumacher’s condition is still unknown to the general public.
On TV last weekend it was amazing to see his wife Corinna watch from the pit wall as their son Mick tested a 2019 F1 Ferrari. Keep fighting Michael.
A personal post –
I know exactly where I was 20 years ago today, Snetterton Paddock, with a group of very good friends pretending to be mechanics.
It was my second race in the Renault Clio Championship supporting the British Touring Cars.
I had promised my new girlfriend that motor racing was exciting, glamorous and I would be Touring Car champion within a couple of years.
Her reality check (and mine) was that during the test session the day before, I rolled the car at Riches, and so instead of a day off on the Sunday, we were all working out how to replace rear axles and align wheels. In the afternoon she came back with refreshments, tears streaming down her face and the news that Ayrton Senna was dead.
The whole paddock was quiet.
The next day as the Clio qualifying session started, I was still being strapped into the car as they bled the brakes. We qualified 9th.
Jill, now my wife, talks of hating my friends on that day for putting the car together so I could go back out on track, and only in the last year revealed just how terrified she was everytime I raced.
As we remember a hero, Senna’s family will still be mourning a loss, and Corinna Schumacher, who must have thought her days of worrying were over, will be praying for Michael.
(ayrtonsennadasilvaforever.blogspot.com – Foto: AFP)
Very good friends Jill Barton, Simon Duerden, Ian Astley, Kevin Rice, Tony Pettman, Robin Lock