The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed took place at the weekend.
Thousands of motorsport fans were treated to a weekend full of fast cars, bikes and celebrity guests. Among the big names taking to the circuit were Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Sir Stirling Moss.
Visitors were able to wander around the pits and get up close and personal with the cars, something that is not always so accessible in modern motorsport.
This year’s event also saw many new car launches. Mazda unveiled their brand-new MX-5, whilst Ford showcased their Focus RS and new Mustang. Most of the big car manufacturers set up stands to display their latest models, and it meant that visitors were enable to enjoy a mini motor show inside the grounds. Honda’s unique Jazz-in-a-box tower was quite striking – and quickly became a talking point.
The infamous sculpture outside of Goodwood House this year was designed in collaboration with show sponsors, Mazda, whose “Soul In Motion” tagline inspired the centrepiece.
The weekend produced a few surprises, with the main one being the confirmation that Kaiser Chiefs frontman, Ricky Wilson, would be racing the new Honda Civic Type-R around the circuit. Having just been announced as a brand ambassador for Honda, it seems Wilson is very much the man of the moment. He talked about his new role as well as the future plans for the band.
The fesitval ended in style on Sunday when MotoGP star, Valentino Rossi, performed for the first time at the event. He was joined by Yamaha who also displayed many other bikes at their exhibition.
By Victoria Harris (Online Writer)