Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 – Top 20 Cars of Interest
1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM - Equipped with a 275 HP 3.5-litre six cylinder in-line engine, the Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM was successfully driven by Juan Manuel Fangio to victory at the 1953 Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore in Merano, Italy. It currently belongs to the Alfa Romeo Museum, having been modified by Alfa's advanced experimental department in 1955 with disc brakes.
1965 Jaguar XJ13 - Built as a potential Le Mans contender, it never competed in any race. Its development inevitably had to take second place to that of the much more important new saloon car which became the XJ6, launched in 1968. By the time XJ13 was completed, its design had become obsolete against new cars.
1970 Chaparral 2J Sucker Car - When movable wings were banned in 1969, Chaparral’s Jim Hall conceived the 2J for the following season with snowmobile engines sited in the back to drive two big fans. With flexible skirts beneath the car, this American machine sucked itself to the track, greatly increasing cornering and braking power. The 2J competed in Can-Am and often qualified at least two seconds quicker than the next fastest car, but was not a success because it was plagued with mechanical problems. One of its original drivers, ‘Quick Vic’ Elford, piloted the Chaparral at Goodwood.
1973 Porsche 917/30 - In the Seventies, Porsche began to explore turbocharging as a means to generate horsepower – and this research culminated in the 917/30 Spyder in 1973. Powered by a 5.3-litre flat-12 engine developing over 1,000 hp, the 917/30 was so successful in the American Can-Am racing series that the rules were changed at the end of the season to exclude it. Porsche factory driver Mark Donohue used the 917/30 to establish a closed-circuit speed record at the Talladega oval in Alabama – 220.98mph.
1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 - Another legend on the hill will was the Group B 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 rally car, which featured the quattro all-wheel-drive technology that changed the face of rallying. One of its star drivers, Hannu Mikkola, who won the FIA World Rally Championship in a quattro in 1983, was behind the wheel again over the event weekend.