The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 was held June 23-26 at Goodwood House and the 9-turn, 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb in West Sussex, England.
Late June traditionally sees Goodwood basking in warm sunshine for the annual Festival, however the summer sun only made the occasional appearance this year, with the rain creating a few challenges. The wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the sell-out 200,000 plus Festival of Speed crowd though, with enthusiasts relishing the sights and sounds of more than 500 competition cars, motorcycles and supercars attacking the challenging Goodwood hillclimb.
The theme for this year’s event, “Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power”, honoured the most powerful competition cars and motorcycles from the history of motor sport, and the heroic drivers and riders who tamed them. As the embodiment of the theme, Formula 1 great James Hunt was rightfully celebrated at the Festival. Examples of every significant car Hunt raced during his career were on the grounds of Goodwood House, including the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf cars he raced in Formula 1, plus touring, sports and junior formulae cars, and even his beloved A35 road car. Hunt’s sons Freddie and Tom never got to see their father race, but the former took to the wheel of the McLaren-Cosworth M23 which James drove during his championship-winning year.
The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed also celebrated the 100th anniversary of BMW, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and marked 50 years since the inaugural Can-Am Series for sports prototypes. BMW celebrated its centenary with cars ranging from the pre-war 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe to a BMW-engined Brabham F1 car. BMW drivers in attendance include the likes of Marc Surer, Harald Grohs, Johnny Cecotto, Yannick Dalmas and the irrepressible Allesandro Zanardi.
British ace Steve Soper was reunited with the BMW-engined McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ which he drove at Le Mans in 1997. He enthused after his run up the Hill: “I spent the early part of my career wanting to drive for BMW, and then enjoyed so many years as a factory driver. BMW really understands motor racing. It just gets it.”
Audi Tradition participated with two historic cars: Nick Mason, the drummer of Pink Floyd, drove an Auto Union Type C from 1936, while five-time Le Mans champion Frank Biela was be behind the wheel of an Audi V8 quattro DTM.
Olly Clark brought the curtain down on the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a time of 46.29-seconds in his Subaru ‘Gobstopper II’. The repeat winner’s speed across the line was 140.2 mph. He eclipsed former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack in the Lanzante McLaren P1 GTR who recorded a time of 47.07-seconds and end speed of 135 mph. Arguably the most impressive run, however, came from third-place man Mike Skinner. The American ace steered his NASCAR Toyota Tundra pick-up truck to the top of the Hill in a belief-beggaring 50.44-seconds, crossing the line at 132.3 mph.
Similar to 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the following great selection of images that capture the spirit of the “largest motoring garden party in the world”. We split up the pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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