The good, bad and famous are in attendance with Sir Chris Hoy, Max Chilton and Steve Sutcliffe already spotted, and it is only 11:00, a number of race, rally and NASCAR vehicles have already taken to the hill most notably BTCCHonda driver Gordon Sheddon, my favourite so far to go up, we'll that will be the Ford RS 200, in full rally mode, a great car when launched and still great now.
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More wandering about and a photo with the very nice John Barrowman, and off to the posh bit, with lots of exotica and rarities, and the stunning McLaren P1, what an awesome car that is, then around the house and Bonhams auction where the insanely rare Mercedes Fangio car was displayed, a pit was required so off to BMW for some well deserved hospitality.
Another break was had before we made our way over to the 'Cartier Style De Luxe' where we had the great pleasure of seeing some of the most beautiful cars ever made, and not just new cars like the Bugatti Veyron (opposite), but cars like Classic Ferrari's, Jaguars, Auburn's and Porsche's, and such delights like concept Vauxhall's and Peugeot's, and to top it off, my all time favourite the absolutely mint and pristine Rolls Royce (below left), this car was so pristine it looked like it had only just been released from the factory, with the silver lady and traditional Rolls
Royce grill, makes this car one of if not the best car in the world, I would give my eye teeth just to be able to have a ride in this car.
I have always had a love affair with Rolls Royce up until they were taken over by BMW, who have in my opinion destroyed the brand, but it is just my opinion, and I do agree that if they had not taken hold of RR there may well not be a company today to produce such iconic cars, at least we have history on our side to show that the Brits could make the best.
The stunning Mercedes Benz SS roadster was another stunning car at the show, and again was in extremely good condition for it's age, I have a large model of this car as I do of the Rolls Royce above, both these cars have a place in my heart, even though Mercedes seems to have become a bland maker of everyday cars, AMG range exempt, but back then they really knew how to make spectacular cars.
Just like Ferrari, with an F40 also amongst this group of world class cars the Ferrari here is so simple in its design with shapely curves from every angle you look at it, the low roof line and long long bonnet, makes this one of my favourites from the show, The white wall tyres really set this car off more so that if it did not have them.
Ferrari had a number of cars at the show, including the FF and F12, both lovely cars in their right, but they do not and can never hold a candle to this stunning car, and my all time favourite Ferrari, the Daytona, which I did not spy at this years Goodwood festival of speed.
At first glance you may not know what this car is, but then when you start looking at the lines and glass house, you can clearly see it is the Jaguar XK, or E-Type, this stunning concept car, has made an iconic car more desirable, and with the the famous 77 RW also on display, Jaguar has shown again that it is committed to Goodwood.
For those that do not know 77 RW was a press car that was driven over night from Coventry to Geneva by Norman Dewis, so it was ready to go on display with the other already there.
There is also a lot of chrome as well, the rear seat space is vast which is the opposite for the boot space, which has to be the biggest shock, for a car this size the boot is very small, in fact i have seen bigger boots on small cars, but overall the S-Class is a winner.
Jaguar had lots of cars here this year from the E-types to the R performance versions of the XF and XJ and the XK R-S along with the stunningly gorgeous F-Type, which has to be one of the best looking sports cars available today.
They also had a concept F-Type, the project 7 (below), all of which proves beyond a shadow of doubt that Jaguar are a maker of luxury super saloons & sports cars, they have the looks, luxury, the noise of the V8's are just astounding added with reasonable costs, well reasonable for the class they are in,
Land Rover has been on a massive upward curve of late, both in sales, income, profits and popularity, First came the Evoque, then came the new Range Rover which took the car to a completely new level of luxury and capability, then came the new Sport, a mini me of it's bigger brother.
So what's next for Land Rover, well, they have replaced all the Range Rover models, so now it will be the Land Rover cars to be given the new look treatment, we have already seen the Defender concepts, and the Freelander 3 is currently doing the rounds of testing, that leaves the Discovery 4, if we are to believe what we read this will be given a face lift similar to what it had from Discovery 3 to 4, maybe to allow it to sell while new Freelander 3 models are released and new Defender and its derivatives, and will then be left to run its course before it is cancelled.
I am sure that we will find out one way or the other in the not to distant future, either way, this brand is doing everything right, and long may it continue.
The day was coming to an end and the legs and feet were screaming at me to leave them alone, so after the Land Rover stand we headed back to the car for our journey home, The 20th anniversary Goodwood was a major success, it is such a shame that so many car companies failed to attend, Where was Dacia, Chrysler, Chevy, FIAT, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, SMART, Suzuki and Vauxhall, Jeep, Ssangyong, Subaru and MG, all no shows.
Maybe they do not realise that the Goodwood Festival of Speed is THEE place to go for new cars and UK, Europe and world launches, has a dedicated huge fan base that the attended manufacturers can actively encourage to buy, and last of all, by not attending, they lose a huge amount of kudos, the stands and displays are bigger and better than the preceding year, so perhaps the brands that do not attend, don't care about the buying public, or the fact that this is the place to show of your new metal, as the majority of those that did not attend, had new cars to show the world, but hey ho, it is their loss, the 2013 GFoS was a massive success, brilliant weather and brilliant cars and displays, the countdown is now for 2014.