2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed – Full Length ITV Documentary

This video is not in 3D

Motorsport Retro, a great site that focuses on car racing from decades gone by, posted this comprehensive documentary on the recently completed 2011 Festival of Speed held at Goodwood, Lord March’s ancestral home that dates back almost 400 years. The 45 minute video was produced by England’s ITV, and while it can’t possibly encompass three days of events in a few minutes of video, it seems to give the full flavor of the Goodwood Festival.

This year’s Festival celebrated the 50th birthday of the Jaguar E-Type (one of the cars that ran up the hill was the E’s predecessor, the longnose LeMans winning D-Type) and the centenary of years of the Indianapolis 500 race (with many historic cars besides the numerous Indy winners at the event). Indy winner Dario Franchitti took one of his boyhood idol Jim Clark’s Lotus Indy cars up the hill. He said that keeping the Lotus 38, with it’s widely offset chassis, out of the hay bales was a bit dicey but you know he was grinning from ear to ear all the way up. Since Goodwood is a festival of speed, not just cars, it also celebrated motorcycles on the 100th anniversary of the Isle of Man Time Trials. Sir John Surtees, the only person who has ever won world championships on both two and four wheels, drove the 1939 Mercedes W165 and rode the 1939 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy winning BMW Type 255 Kompressor racing bike in the hillclimb. In a few short years, the Goodwood events (the Festival in July and the Goodwood Revival in early autumn) have become “bucket list” items for auto enthusiasts from around the globe. My hope is that we can be successful enough over the next 12 months that we all can meet next year at the foot of the Goodwood Hill Climb.

John Surtees in the 1939 Mercedes W165. Photo credit: F1 Fanatic

Surtees has not lost any intensity in his driving. Photo credit: Martin Tomlin

He may not be dragging a knee, but John Surtees is also 77 years old. Photo credit: Martin Tomlin

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