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Speed on show: Best of the Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Goodwood Festival of Speed: It's safe to say this MX-5 is quicker than your average Mazda Miata
Goodwood Festival of Speed: It's safe to say this MX-5 is quicker than your average Mazda Miata
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Roborace had its autonomous car on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Roborace had its autonomous car on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Fiat Abarth 124 Spider takes on the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb
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The Fiat Abarth 124 Spider takes on the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb
The Bugatti Chiron made its first run up the hill last year, but it's back by popular demand 
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The Bugatti Chiron made its first run up the hill last year, but it's back by popular demand 
McLaren sent its Can-Am car up the Goodwood Hillclimb
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McLaren sent its Can-Am car up the Goodwood Hillclimb
Ferrari celebrated 70 years of car manufacturing at Goodwood this year
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Ferrari celebrated 70 years of car manufacturing at Goodwood this year
Classic rallying lights on show at Goodwood 
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Classic rallying lights on show at Goodwood 
There's fun for fans of cars and bikes to be had at Goodwood 
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There's fun for fans of cars and bikes to be had at Goodwood 
This installation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates Bernie Ecclestone's history in F1
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This installation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates Bernie Ecclestone's history in F1
All the best bits from the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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All the best bits from the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Ford GT swaps a V8 for an EcoBoost V6
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The Ford GT swaps a V8 for an EcoBoost V6
The Ferrari 488 GTB is another step towards an all-turbocharged future for Ferrari 
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The Ferrari 488 GTB is another step towards an all-turbocharged future for Ferrari 
Audi brings a bit of V10 spice to Goodwood
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Audi brings a bit of V10 spice to Goodwood
The new V8 Aston Martin DB11 is the first Aston to use an AMG engine 
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The new V8 Aston Martin DB11 is the first Aston to use an AMG engine 
The Noble M600 is British through-and-through 
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The Noble M600 is British through-and-through 
The Pagani Zonda has been usurped by the Huayra, but it's still a showstopper
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The Pagani Zonda has been usurped by the Huayra, but it's still a showstopper
The Chiron has a similar face to the Bugatti Veyron, but it's a much meaner looking beast 
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The Chiron has a similar face to the Bugatti Veyron, but it's a much meaner looking beast 
The one-off Rolls-Royce Sweptail 
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The one-off Rolls-Royce Sweptail 
Alfa-Romeo put the Stelvio on show at Goodwood 
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Alfa-Romeo put the Stelvio on show at Goodwood 
The new Alpine A110 is aimed directly at Porsche
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The new Alpine A110 is aimed directly at Porsche
It's only a concept, but this electric Renault Zoe looks properly mean 
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It's only a concept, but this electric Renault Zoe looks properly mean 
The AMG GT C is a drop top version of the GT R launched last year
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The AMG GT C is a drop top version of the GT R launched last year
Lamborghini sent the Centenario up the hill this year 
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Lamborghini sent the Centenario up the hill this year 
BAC dressed the Mono up in a unique paintjob for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed
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BAC dressed the Mono up in a unique paintjob for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed
Although it's significantly less powerful than the Honda-powered McLaren F1 cars, the Clarity uses much less fuel... 
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Although it's significantly less powerful than the Honda-powered McLaren F1 cars, the Clarity uses much less fuel... 
The 599 FXX is a track-only monster for the very wealthy
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The 599 FXX is a track-only monster for the very wealthy
The first mid-engined 911, the 911 RSR
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The first mid-engined 911, the 911 RSR
The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR PRO made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year
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The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR PRO made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year
The Aston Martin Vantage AMR shows off its new gaping air intake 
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The Aston Martin Vantage AMR shows off its new gaping air intake 
The Bugatti Chiron takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb for the second year in a row
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The Bugatti Chiron takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb for the second year in a row
The EcoBoost Ford GT is more efficient than its V8 predecessor
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The EcoBoost Ford GT is more efficient than its V8 predecessor
Honda celebrated its Type R history at Goodwood 
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Honda celebrated its Type R history at Goodwood 
The new Civic Type R is faster than this car, but I know which one I'd rather have 
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The new Civic Type R is faster than this car, but I know which one I'd rather have 
The legendary Honda Integra Type R
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The legendary Honda Integra Type R
The Honda NSX Type R managed to stay out of the hay bales 
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The Honda NSX Type R managed to stay out of the hay bales 
New Atlas spent some time in the Infiniti Q60 last year... but we'd be happy to try it again at Goodwood 
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New Atlas spent some time in the Infiniti Q60 last year... but we'd be happy to try it again at Goodwood 
Maserati debuted a new GranSport at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Maserati debuted a new GranSport at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Mercedes G Wagen is favored by mafia bosses and Beverly Hills soccer moms
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The Mercedes G Wagen is favored by mafia bosses and Beverly Hills soccer moms
Smoke hangs in the air around the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series 
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Smoke hangs in the air around the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series 
A Ranger on show at the Festival of Speed 
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A Ranger on show at the Festival of Speed 
The Range Rover Velar makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Range Rover Velar makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Rimac Concept_One silently hustles up the hillclimb at Goodwood 
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The Rimac Concept_One silently hustles up the hillclimb at Goodwood 
This quad-rotor MX-5 won the inaugural Goodwood Drift Competition 
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This quad-rotor MX-5 won the inaugural Goodwood Drift Competition 
Vaughan Gittin Jr hustles his Mustang up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Vaughan Gittin Jr hustles his Mustang up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
This year was the first Goodwood Festival of Speed to host a drift event 
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This year was the first Goodwood Festival of Speed to host a drift event 
The RX-7 is driven by James Deane 
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The RX-7 is driven by James Deane 
The amount of steering lock on offer from these drift cars is incredible 
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The amount of steering lock on offer from these drift cars is incredible 
Vaughn Gittin Jr puts on a smoky show for the crowds 
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Vaughn Gittin Jr puts on a smoky show for the crowds 
We'd say no tires were harmed in the making of this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, but that would be a blatant lie 
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We'd say no tires were harmed in the making of this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, but that would be a blatant lie 
The crowd was involved in selecting the winner of the drift contest at Goodwood 
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The crowd was involved in selecting the winner of the drift contest at Goodwood 
Goodwood Festival of Speed: It's safe to say this MX-5 is quicker than your average Mazda Miata
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Goodwood Festival of Speed: It's safe to say this MX-5 is quicker than your average Mazda Miata
Where there's smoke, there's fire...
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Where there's smoke, there's fire...
Bernie Ecclestone's installation, complete with drift car donut in the front of frame
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Bernie Ecclestone's installation, complete with drift car donut in the front of frame
Mad Mike Whillett gets his quad-rotor MX-5 sideways 
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Mad Mike Whillett gets his quad-rotor MX-5 sideways 
More smoke at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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More smoke at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
A dainty BMW 328 heads up the hill at Goodwood 
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A dainty BMW 328 heads up the hill at Goodwood 
Classic F1 cars have a certain charm lacking in their modern counterparts 
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Classic F1 cars have a certain charm lacking in their modern counterparts 
Bennetton is no longer, but it's responsible for kickstarting the career of Michael Schumacher 
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Bennetton is no longer, but it's responsible for kickstarting the career of Michael Schumacher 
The legendary Porsche "Moby Dick" 935/78
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The legendary Porsche "Moby Dick" 935/78
This BABS land speed car was built in 1926, and restored in 2005
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This BABS land speed car was built in 1926, and restored in 2005
A classic Audi V8 on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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A classic Audi V8 on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is home to some mental traffic jams 
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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is home to some mental traffic jams 
McLaren always features heavily at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and this year was no different 
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McLaren always features heavily at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and this year was no different 
The Porsche LMP1/8, as driven by P.H Raphanel 
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The Porsche LMP1/8, as driven by P.H Raphanel 
Honda rolled out the RA272 for Goodwood 
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Honda rolled out the RA272 for Goodwood 
This soaring structure is designed to celebrate Bernie Ecclestone's career in F1
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This soaring structure is designed to celebrate Bernie Ecclestone's career in F1
Red Bull Racing heads up the hill at Goodwood 
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Red Bull Racing heads up the hill at Goodwood 
Formula E is a new challenger to world motorsport, and has a very different take on what a race car should look like 
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Formula E is a new challenger to world motorsport, and has a very different take on what a race car should look like 
Mahindra takes on the Hillclimb at Goodwood 
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Mahindra takes on the Hillclimb at Goodwood 
Audi is no longer racing at Le Mans, meaning we won't see crazy creations like this anymore 
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Audi is no longer racing at Le Mans, meaning we won't see crazy creations like this anymore 
Rear wings – they just don't make them like they used to
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Rear wings – they just don't make them like they used to
The Brabham BT-52
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The Brabham BT-52
The Brabham BT-52 was a featured car last year 
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The Brabham BT-52 was a featured car last year 
The Brabham BT-52 has a unique wedgy nose 
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The Brabham BT-52 has a unique wedgy nose 
Sometimes one wheel is better than two
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Sometimes one wheel is better than two
Modern McLarens are probably easier to drive, but the Can-Am McLaren has drama in spades 
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Modern McLarens are probably easier to drive, but the Can-Am McLaren has drama in spades 
John Player Special and Lotus is another classic Formula 1 combination 
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John Player Special and Lotus is another classic Formula 1 combination 
Vanwall competed in 29 races 
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Vanwall competed in 29 races 
An impressive aerial display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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An impressive aerial display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Motorsport can be very glamorous, but Le Mans competitors are anything but at the end of a race
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Motorsport can be very glamorous, but Le Mans competitors are anything but at the end of a race
The flame-spitting Beast of Turin 
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The flame-spitting Beast of Turin 
Surtees is yet another name now gone from Formula 1 
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Surtees is yet another name now gone from Formula 1 
The new Ford GT swaps V8 power for an EcoBoost V6
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The new Ford GT swaps V8 power for an EcoBoost V6
Classic rally cars put on a show, including this Ford Escort RS200
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Classic rally cars put on a show, including this Ford Escort RS200
The new Honda Civic Type R takes on the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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The new Honda Civic Type R takes on the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
Lamborghini's Centenario tackles the Hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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Lamborghini's Centenario tackles the Hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
The Lexus LC500 looking very Japanese and angry at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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The Lexus LC500 looking very Japanese and angry at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
The Lexus LF A is still a stunning piece of Japanese design 
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The Lexus LF A is still a stunning piece of Japanese design 
Lamborghini puts the Aventador SV through its paces at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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Lamborghini puts the Aventador SV through its paces at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is a new type of Raging Bull 
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The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is a new type of Raging Bull 
The Maserati Levante looks a bit like a giant hatchback, but it's much faster than the average family runabout
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The Maserati Levante looks a bit like a giant hatchback, but it's much faster than the average family runabout
The McLaren P1 LM, backed by the Bernie Eccleston tribute sculpture 
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The McLaren P1 LM, backed by the Bernie Eccleston tribute sculpture 
McLaren's classic hue still looks good, even in 2017
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McLaren's classic hue still looks good, even in 2017
The McLaren 720S makes its Goodwood debut 
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The McLaren 720S makes its Goodwood debut 
Mercedes has a catalogue of fascinating old performance cars to call on for Goodwood, including this AMG Hammer
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Mercedes has a catalogue of fascinating old performance cars to call on for Goodwood, including this AMG Hammer
The Nissan GT-R Nismo is purpose built to destroy a racetrack 
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The Nissan GT-R Nismo is purpose built to destroy a racetrack 
This GT-R, on the other hand, is designed to destroy tires 
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This GT-R, on the other hand, is designed to destroy tires 
The Nissan BladeGlider is utterly unique, even among the field of cars on show at Goodwood 
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The Nissan BladeGlider is utterly unique, even among the field of cars on show at Goodwood 
Lord March clearly likes his estate with a side of donuts 
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Lord March clearly likes his estate with a side of donuts 
The Pagani Huayra BC picks up where the Zonda left off 
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The Pagani Huayra BC picks up where the Zonda left off 
The Renault ZOE e-Sport uses a Formula E powertrain 
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The Renault ZOE e-Sport uses a Formula E powertrain 
Radical upped the stakes again, with a 600 hp monster RXC for Goodwood 
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Radical upped the stakes again, with a 600 hp monster RXC for Goodwood 
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a seriously expensive one of a kind vehicle 
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The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a seriously expensive one of a kind vehicle 
The unique Rolls-Royce Sweptail in profile 
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The unique Rolls-Royce Sweptail in profile 
The new all-electric British taxi is coming soon...
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The new all-electric British taxi is coming soon...
Weather forecast for Goodwood: Foggy
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Weather forecast for Goodwood: Foggy
The naturally aspirated Audi R8 V10 Plus screams its way up the hill at Goodwood 
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The naturally aspirated Audi R8 V10 Plus screams its way up the hill at Goodwood 
Aston Martin used Goodwood to show off its new AMR vehicles 
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Aston Martin used Goodwood to show off its new AMR vehicles 
The Vulcan AMR PRO certainly stands out given its bright new livery 
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The Vulcan AMR PRO certainly stands out given its bright new livery 
This world-championship winning Mercedes F1 car was driven by Valtteri Bottas 
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This world-championship winning Mercedes F1 car was driven by Valtteri Bottas 
The stunning Ferrari 250 GTO 
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The stunning Ferrari 250 GTO 
The man of this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bernie Ecclestone 
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The man of this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bernie Ecclestone 
With no weather protection, the BAC Mono is very much a fair weather car 
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With no weather protection, the BAC Mono is very much a fair weather car 
The sculpture at the center of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is incredibly impressive 
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The sculpture at the center of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is incredibly impressive 
The Spirit of Ecstasy, looking stunning at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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The Spirit of Ecstasy, looking stunning at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
More classic Formula 1 metal on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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More classic Formula 1 metal on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
The Alpine A110 is aimed directly at the Porsche Cayman 
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The Alpine A110 is aimed directly at the Porsche Cayman 
The Range Rover Velar looks sporty, but it's still a high-riding SUV at heart
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The Range Rover Velar looks sporty, but it's still a high-riding SUV at heart
A snapshot of the incredible metal on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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A snapshot of the incredible metal on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
Few shapes in the motoring world are as iconic as Colin Chapman's original Lotus 7
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Few shapes in the motoring world are as iconic as Colin Chapman's original Lotus 7
The legendary Audi Quattro takes on a rally stage at Goodwood 
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The legendary Audi Quattro takes on a rally stage at Goodwood 
NASCAR might be an American past time, but this Chevrolet SS looked good on the Goodwood Hillclimb
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NASCAR might be an American past time, but this Chevrolet SS looked good on the Goodwood Hillclimb
This Eiffeland-Cosworth E21 was raced by Rolf Stommelen in 1972
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This Eiffeland-Cosworth E21 was raced by Rolf Stommelen in 1972
Mark Webber with the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS 
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Mark Webber with the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS 
Goodwood paid tribute to Rallycross this year
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Goodwood paid tribute to Rallycross this year
The giant aerial isn't for show – this is actually a 1:1 replica remote control car 
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The giant aerial isn't for show – this is actually a 1:1 replica remote control car 
Well, July 4th is just around the corner 
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Well, July 4th is just around the corner 
The Honda RA300 takes on the Hillclimb at Goodwood 
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The Honda RA300 takes on the Hillclimb at Goodwood 
Justin Law laid down the fastest time in the annual Goodwood Shootout 
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Justin Law laid down the fastest time in the annual Goodwood Shootout 
The classic auctions at Goodwood were, once again, full of stunning, expensive classics 
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The classic auctions at Goodwood were, once again, full of stunning, expensive classics 
The tall, heavy Beast of Turin car still gets up some serious speed
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The tall, heavy Beast of Turin car still gets up some serious speed
Ferrari is celebrating 70 years of heritage this year
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Ferrari is celebrating 70 years of heritage this year
It's incredible to compare the modern LaFerrari Aperta with the 1947 125 S
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It's incredible to compare the modern LaFerrari Aperta with the 1947 125 S
A Mercedes lock up would usually be cause for concern, but there's no one breathing down Valtteri Bottas' neck here
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A Mercedes lock up would usually be cause for concern, but there's no one breathing down Valtteri Bottas' neck here
A throwback to the glory days of DTM from Mercedes 
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A throwback to the glory days of DTM from Mercedes 
Once again, Goodwood proves just how far removed modern racecars are from their classic predecessors 
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Once again, Goodwood proves just how far removed modern racecars are from their classic predecessors 
The legendary W125 Silver Arrows, running a lot of positive camber
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The legendary W125 Silver Arrows, running a lot of positive camber
The Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb
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The Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb
The AMG GT R was launched at the Festival of Speed last year 
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The AMG GT R was launched at the Festival of Speed last year 
The AMG GT R gets sideways off the line at Goodwood 
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The AMG GT R gets sideways off the line at Goodwood 
Mercedes has a history of moving smokescreens like the C63 AMG Black Series 
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Mercedes has a history of moving smokescreens like the C63 AMG Black Series 
This C-Class DTM car rubbed panels with BMW and Audi competitors in a past life
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This C-Class DTM car rubbed panels with BMW and Audi competitors in a past life
The Silver Arrows W25 takes on the hill at Goodwood 
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The Silver Arrows W25 takes on the hill at Goodwood 
Mercedes managed to keep all its cars out of the crash barriers at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
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Mercedes managed to keep all its cars out of the crash barriers at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 
The Goodwood Hillclimb played host to a huge range of classic and modern racers this year
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The Goodwood Hillclimb played host to a huge range of classic and modern racers this year
The Silver Arrows W125 
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The Silver Arrows W125 
The complexity of modern F1 aerodynamics is incredible 
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The complexity of modern F1 aerodynamics is incredible 
The Porsche GT2 RS was launched at the Festival of Speed this year 
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The Porsche GT2 RS was launched at the Festival of Speed this year 
The GT2 RS has 700 hp
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The GT2 RS has 700 hp
The hybrid Porsche 919 Le Mans winner 
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The hybrid Porsche 919 Le Mans winner 
The broad air intakes on the GT2 RS feed big brakes and a 700 hp engine 
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The broad air intakes on the GT2 RS feed big brakes and a 700 hp engine 
A Weissach Pack sheds even more weight from the GT2 RS
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A Weissach Pack sheds even more weight from the GT2 RS
Another incredible traffic jam at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Another incredible traffic jam at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Edition 
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The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Edition 
Weather protection was clearly low on the list of priorities for designers of classic racecars 
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Weather protection was clearly low on the list of priorities for designers of classic racecars 
Millions of dollars worth of Bugattis sitting side-by-side
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Millions of dollars worth of Bugattis sitting side-by-side
F-Pace owners, don't try this at home 
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F-Pace owners, don't try this at home 
Jaguar puts the F-Pace on show 
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Jaguar puts the F-Pace on show 

The engines have been turned off after another Goodwood Festival of Speed, leaving just a faint fog of tire smoke around the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. Along with the usual smattering of loud, powerful supercar debuts, Lord March opened his driveway to the latest in electric racing tech, drifting champions and stunning classic racers. Read on for a closer look at the pick of the priceless cars on display.

Ode to Ecclestone

This installation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates Bernie Ecclestone's history in F1
This installation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates Bernie Ecclestone's history in F1

As is tradition, the central Festival of Speed installation is designed around one particular theme. In a break from tradition, however, that theme isn't a car manufacturer. Instead, the soaring sculpture focuses on ex-Formula 1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone this year. Designed by Gerry Judah, it consists of five F1 cars chosen to celebrate his time as a racer, manager, team owner, impresario and legend in the sport.

"Coming up with a sculpture for Goodwood is always a challenge," says Judah. "They have to be different, dynamic and dangerous, as motorsport itself. This year is no exception given we are celebrating an individual, a phenomenon, and what better way than producing a firecracker."

Getting drifty with it

Mad Mike Whillett gets his quad-rotor MX-5 sideways 
Mad Mike Whillett gets his quad-rotor MX-5 sideways 

This year's Festival of Speed played host to the first ever Goodwood drifting competition. A troupe of Formula Drift stars, including three-time world champion Chris Forsberg, went head-to-head in a thoroughly entertaining (and incredibly smoky) event on the track.

The five competitors were judged on their mid-corner, along with how well they kept their cars sideways up the 1.16 mile (1.86 km) Hillclimb. The public also had a say, voting Mad Mike Whiddett and his quad-rotor MX-5 the first ever Goodwood Festival of Speed Drift Champion.

A seriously powerful Porsche

The broad air intakes on the GT2 RS feed big brakes and a 700 hp engine 
The broad air intakes on the GT2 RS feed big brakes and a 700 hp engine 

The Porsche 911 has an extensive back catalogue of powerful, lightweight special editions, but the new GT2 RS makes them all look a bit tame. With 700 hp (522 kW) on offer from its twin-turbocharged flat six engine, the most powerful road-going 911 ever built will hit 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.7 seconds on the way to a 211 mph (340 km/h) top speed.

Along with the more powerful engine, Porsche has put the GT2 on a serious diet. Titanium has been used for the exhaust, magnesium features in the roof construction and a healthy smattering of carbon fiber parts cut curb weight to just 3,241 lb (1,470 kg) in standard trim, although a Weissach Pack can be added to shave another 40 lb (18.1 kg) from that sticker.

Porsche has reworked the stability control system, presumably because 700 hp is, well, a lot of power to channel through rear wheels. Drivers can turn the stability and traction control completely off, too, and find out if the GT2 RS lives up to the "widowmaker" billing bestowed upon its predecessors.

Lightning quick, stealthy and silent

Formula E is a new challenger to world motorsport, and has a very different take on what a race car should look like 
Formula E is a new challenger to world motorsport, and has a very different take on what a race car should look like 

The Festival of Speed is always littered with stunning classic cars, but that doesn't mean fans don't get to enjoy the latest in racing technology as well. Mahindra sent its Formula E car up the hill this year, cutting through the usual storm of engine noise with its high-pitched electric whine.

Roborace also had a car on display, but the self-driving racer didn't make a run up the hill. Maybe that's something we can expect next year?

This is just a brief taste of the metal on show at Goodwood this year. Take a look through our 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed gallery for some stunning shots of modern supercars, classic F1 cars, hulking four-wheel drives and everything else in between.

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