Photo Essay // Goodwood Festival of Speed Day Three
Words and photos by Andrew Coles
Each Goodwood Festival of Speed has an overall theme, and this year, the event is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Porsche. The Goodwood Estate is a treasure trove of important cars from the storied German marque, from the six (real) cars hanging from the annual Gerry Judah sculpture in front of the house, to the dedicated Porsche group which tackles the hill twice each day.
A lot of us feel like we’re reaching Porsche saturation sometimes, but it’s hard not to be impressed as you walk around the form-up grid. The famous 917 driven by Steve McQueen in the Le Mans movie is here, as is the Pink Pig liveried 911 RSR that won the GT class just a few weeks ago. All of the important Martini cars are here, as are the famous 911 GT1s of the 90s and the latest 919 Evo, which recently obliterated the Nurburgring Nordschleife outright record.
And then there’s the people – seeing a Rothmans 962 is enough, but then to see five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell behind the wheel makes it even more special.
Of course, there’s plenty more here aside from Porsche, and there were plenty of distractions along the way. If you can dream it, it’s probably here somewhere.