Photo Essay // Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Day One

Photo Essay // Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Day One

Words and photos by Andrew Coles

There truly is nothing on earth like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and every year that we go back, we keep getting bowled over by the latest and the greatest, the heroes and the legends. 2018 is no different.

Our Thursday was a little different this year – we joined Land Rover to help them celebrate their 70th Anniversary by driving an expedition vehicle up the hillclimb course as part of their parade. To drive a car that has travelled around the world up one of the world’s most famous hillclimbs on race day was a special experience; expect a full story in an upcoming print issue of Sports Car Safari.

Our photographic efforts were limited to a very quick walk through parts of the paddock, and a trackside view of the manufacturer cars taking to the hill. Highlights of that included first viewings of the new Singer Vehicle Design DLS Lightweight Study, the Ferrari 488 Pista, McLaren 600LT, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, BMW M8 and six (yes, six) McLaren Sennas.

We’ve only just scratched the surface – an entire 12 hours spent at the Festival and we’ve yet to even visit the Cartier Style et Luxe, the rally course with its associated paddock of historic WRC cars, the motor show area, the manufacturer areas, the aeroplane displays… yes, there’s plenty still to come.

Oh. And as we were driving home, around fifteen minutes away from Goodwood, an F40 went flying past us on full throttle, blasting into the sunset. Just Goodwood things.

But for now…