On the same weekend as Pikes Peak and Mt. Washington’s Climb to the Clouds ,which should now be labeled as hill climbers weekend, was the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. Lord March once again hosted a spectacular event, arguably the greatest celebration of motorsports on the planet. Illustrating how the internet has changed motosports in recent years the Festival of Speed coverage was streamed live globally for the first time this year (for free). In addition to the streaming, they recognized social media’s big impact in motorsports with interviews including questions from around the world via Twitter (thankfully they filtered out the stupid ones). Probably the best part all is that the Goodwood Festival of Speed coverage is available to be watched online via YouTube in all its high-definition glory. That’s three and a half days of coverage you can watch anytime you want, with each full day program being 10 hours! So if you missed watching the historics and the modern cars making a run up the hill, you can catch it all right here:
What I personally find the most awesome is quite simply the sounds of these machines. Sounds of cars you normally just see in old movies with poor audio, or just see the car in a museum and would never get a chance to hear the engines fire again. At Goodwood FoS they don’t just start them up, but they drive them. Maybe not to their limits, but the sounds of years gone by are simply epic. From motorcycles to rally cars to hill climbers to sports cars and F1, they have it all. In addition to the cars are the champions of years past like seeing Emerson Fittipaldi climb up the hill in a 1970’s era F1 car. The men and their machines of bygone days re-lived on the grounds of Goodwood. What an epic event, and it is surely on my lifetime bucket list.
Of note to rally fans, Sebastien Loeb was on hand to once again take the reins of the mighty Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak beast to the top of the hill.
He did not break the record, but as you can see from the video he wasn’t pushing all that hard either. I say…give him another run at it!