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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012: Highlights from the hill

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Ferrari F60 Forumla 1 car speeds past Goodwood house at the 2012 Festival of Speed
Ferrari F60 Forumla 1 car speeds past Goodwood house at the 2012 Festival of Speed
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Ferrari FF
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Ferrari FF
Audi R18 e-tron quattro
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Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Altran AEDC
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Altran AEDC
Aston Martin Vanquish
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Aston Martin Vanquish
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Ferrari California 30
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Ferrari California 30
Audi R8 GT Spyder
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Audi R8 GT Spyder
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Aston Martin V12 Zagato
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Aston Martin V12 Zagato
BMW M6
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BMW M6
BMW M6 convertible
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BMW M6 convertible
Bentley gtspeed
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Bentley gtspeed
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Ferrari 458 Spider
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Ferrari 458 Spider
A view of the start line a Goodwood
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A view of the start line a Goodwood
Ferrari 458 Spider
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Ferrari 458 Spider
BMW 635 CSI
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BMW 635 CSI
Aston Martin Vanquish
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Aston Martin Vanquish
Michelin supercar run
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Michelin supercar run
Aston Martin Vanquish
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Aston Martin Vanquish
Bugatti Veyron
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Bugatti Veyron
Aston Martin was well represented in the supercar run
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Aston Martin was well represented in the supercar run
Aston Martin was well represented in the supercar run
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Aston Martin was well represented in the supercar run
Ferrari FF
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Ferrari FF
Bentley gtv8
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Bentley gtv8
de Macrcoss supercar
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de Macrcoss supercar
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Bentley gtv8
BAC Mono
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BAC Mono
Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
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Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
Nissan Juke-R
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Nissan Juke-R
Porsche 911 Carrera S
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Porsche 911 Carrera S
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Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
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Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
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Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
Nissan Juke R
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Nissan Juke R
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Lining up for the supercar run at Goodwood
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Lining up for the supercar run at Goodwood
Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
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Nissan LEAF Nismo RC
Nissan Juke R
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Nissan Juke R
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Nissan Juke-R
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Nissan Juke-R
Porsche Carrera
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Porsche Carrera
Toyota TRD
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Toyota TRD
Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
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Lining up for the supercar run
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Lining up for the supercar run
Morgan at Goodwood 2012
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Morgan at Goodwood 2012
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
Porsche Panamera GTS
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Porsche Panamera GTS
Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
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Infiniti Emerg-E
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Infiniti Emerg-E
Infiniti Emerg-E
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Infiniti Emerg-E
Infiniti Emerg-E
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Infiniti Emerg-E
F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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Infiniti Vettel Edition
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Infiniti Vettel Edition
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
Mercedes-Benz W194
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Mercedes-Benz W194
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Infiniti Emerg-E
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Infiniti Emerg-E
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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Racing trucks also took on the Goodwood hill
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Racing trucks also took on the Goodwood hill
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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Redbull Racing burn some rubber
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Redbull Racing burn some rubber
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Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
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F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
Porsche at the Goodwood FOS
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Porsche at the Goodwood FOS
Porshe Carrera S
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Porshe Carrera S
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2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Renault Alpine A110-50
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Renault Alpine A110-50
Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
Mazda MX-5 GT Concept
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Mazda MX-5 GT Concept
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Infinit M Hybrid
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Infinit M Hybrid
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
New Chevrolet Camaro at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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New Chevrolet Camaro at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
BAC Mono
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BAC Mono
Morgan at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
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Morgan at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
Ferrari FF
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Ferrari FF
Ferrari at Goodwood 2012
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Ferrari at Goodwood 2012
Ferrari at Goodwood 2012
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Ferrari at Goodwood 2012
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Goodwood 2012
Altran AEDC
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Altran AEDC
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Goodwood 2012
Goodwood 2012
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Goodwood 2012
A huge array of F1 cars took on the hill at Goodwood this year
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A huge array of F1 cars took on the hill at Goodwood this year
A huge array of F1 cars took on the hill at Goodwood this year
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A huge array of F1 cars took on the hill at Goodwood this year
A huge array of F1 cars took on the hill at Goodwood this year
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A huge array of F1 cars took on the hill at Goodwood this year
Porsche 918 Spyder concept
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Porsche 918 Spyder concept
Porsche 918 Spyder concept
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Porsche 918 Spyder concept
Porsche 918 Spyder concept
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Porsche 918 Spyder concept
Porsche 918 Spyder concept
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Porsche 918 Spyder concept
McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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McLaren's ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
Jenson Button with the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C and ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
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Jenson Button with the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C and ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
The 2013 McLaren MP4-12C takes on Goodwood's hillclimb
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The 2013 McLaren MP4-12C takes on Goodwood's hillclimb
Ford Shelby GT500
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Ford Shelby GT500
Ford Shelby GT500
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Ford Shelby GT500
Ferrari 458 Spider
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Ferrari 458 Spider
Ferrari California 30
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Ferrari California 30
Aston Martin's Vantage GTE
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Aston Martin's Vantage GTE
Lotus was the featured marque at Goodwood 2012
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Lotus was the featured marque at Goodwood 2012
The world's first ever gathering of all three six-wheeler Formula 1 cars
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The world's first ever gathering of all three six-wheeler Formula 1 cars
Tyrrell P34
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Tyrrell P34
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Tyrrell P34
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Tyrrell P34
Lotus was the featured marque at Goodwood 2012
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Lotus was the featured marque at Goodwood 2012
Williams FW08B
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Williams FW08B
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Williams FW08B
March 2-4-0
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March 2-4-0
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March 2-4-0
The Nissan LEAF covered 1 mile in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph .. in reverse
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The Nissan LEAF covered 1 mile in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph .. in reverse
The Nissan LEAF covered 1 mile in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph .. in reverse
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The Nissan LEAF covered 1 mile in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph .. in reverse
Infiniti Emerg-E
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Infiniti Emerg-E
Citroen DS3 WRC
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Citroen DS3 WRC
Lola-Drayson B12/69EV
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Lola-Drayson B12/69EV
Sebastian Vettel entertains the fans in the Red Bull-Renault RB7
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Sebastian Vettel entertains the fans in the Red Bull-Renault RB7
There's always lots of two wheeled fun at Goodwood - Ducati 1199 Panigale
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There's always lots of two wheeled fun at Goodwood - Ducati 1199 Panigale
Ferrari F60 Forumla 1 car speeds past Goodwood house at the 2012 Festival of Speed
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Ferrari F60 Forumla 1 car speeds past Goodwood house at the 2012 Festival of Speed
Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
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Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
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Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
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Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
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Lotus classics at Goodwood 2012
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The phrase "Mecca for motorsport fans" often gets trundled out when it comes to major automotive events, but when you're talking about the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it's a perfectly accurate description. Just about anything that has a motor and wheels is represented at Goodwood and not only can you get up close and personal with supercars, the latest concepts and legendary racers both past and present, you can also see them in action on Goodwood's famous 1.16 mile hillclimb.

This year a record 185,000+ people made the trek to the south of England to see, hear, and drool over the 300+ vehicles on display, and there was plenty to whet the appetite.

McLaren 12C GT3 race car flies British flag

Jenson Button with the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C and ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3
Jenson Button with the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C and ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3

McLaren made a big statement on the Goodwood hill over the weekend. Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button took a production prototype version of the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C for a spin Saturday in the world debut of the freshly upgraded supercar. To top it off, the appearance of a unique ‘GREAT’ 12C GT3 complete with Union Jack livery left crowds with no doubt as to which part of the world they were in.

F-TYPE Jaguar public debut

F-TYPE Jaguar prototype
F-TYPE Jaguar prototype

A prototype of Jaguar's new F-TYPE sports car made its public debut at Goodwood with the company’s Head of Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross at the wheel. The all-aluminum F-TYPE is set to hit showrooms in mid-2013 in supercharged V6 or V8 engine variants.

Six-wheeled F1 cars together for the first time

The world's first ever gathering of all three six-wheeler Formula 1 cars
The world's first ever gathering of all three six-wheeler Formula 1 cars

Not only is the Tyrrell P34 among the most memorable designs in the history of motorsport, it was also competitive, taking part in the 1976-77 Formula One championships and winning the Swedish Grand Prix. The P34 has appeared at Goodwood before, but this year in a world first it was shown alongside two other six-wheelers - the Williams FW08B and March 2-4-0 - for the first time ever.

Featuring four rear wheels, both the FW08B and March 2-4-0 were experimental and never took part in F1 racing before rule changes banned the use of six-wheelers in 1983.

Definitely a drawcard for motoring aficionados.

The most powerful Mustang ever

Ford Shelby GT500
Ford Shelby GT500

In a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby, Ford's most powerful Mustang ever - the Ford Shelby GT500 - made its first appearance outside the US at Goodwood 2012, taking on the hillclimb with its 662 horsepower 5.8-litre supercharged V8 engine.

UK debut for Ferrari 458 Spider and California 30

Ferrari 458 Spider
Ferrari 458 Spider

The "Supercar run" is at the core of what Goodwood has to offer. This year around 60 of the world's fastest and most formidable automobiles strutted their stuff on the hillclimb ... and it wouldn't be a supercar run without Ferrari. The Italian marque offered two UK debuts this year - the two-seater 458 Spider and the Ferrari California 30 - as well as giving the V12 Ferrari FF flagship and some classic from the 60's and 70's an outing in the English countryside.

Nissan LEAF's reverse record

The Nissan LEAF covered 1 mile in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph .. in reverse
The Nissan LEAF covered 1 mile in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph .. in reverse

Traveling at an average of 55 mph over a mile (1.6km) doesn't sound like much of a record ... until you realize that the car in question is going backwards. Driven by professional stunt driver Terry Grant, the Nissan LEAF claimed this record on Friday and broke it five times in subsequent runs over the weekend. Not surprisingly, Grant complained of a "slight neck ache" after achieving the feat.

Lotus honored as featured marque

Lotus was the featured marque at Goodwood 2012
Lotus was the featured marque at Goodwood 2012

Lotus was given pride of place at this year's festival of speed with a huge collection of cars taking to the track and an extensive exhibition showcasing the racing innovations pioneered by the company and its founder Colin Chapman.

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Aston Martin's Vantage GTE
Aston Martin's Vantage GTE

It wasn't all F1 racers and supercars at this year's FOS - the 4.5-litre V8 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, which finished third at the 24 Hour of Le Mans this year, was also amongst the action with works driver Stefan Mücke at the wheel.

Porsche 918 Spyder concept

Porsche 918 Spyder concept
Porsche 918 Spyder concept

It's almost impossible to pick a favorite among the host of beautiful automobiles on show at Goodwood... but this one comes very close to the top of our list. The Porsche 918 Spyder concept was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Show, but UK fans were treated to the first public showing at Goodwood on the weekend. Stunning looks, a hybrid drivetrain that produces a total of 770 hp and fuel consumption of just 3 liters per 100 km (94 mpg) - need we say more.

And there's more ... lots more. This is just a sample of the truly spectacular array of vehicles on show at Goodwood 2012 - take a browse through the gallery to see some of the other goodies on offer.

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DrPepper59
Now these are the cars that I love to look at. I would love to just sit in some of them.