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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011: A Motorsports Smorgasbord of Past & Present

“There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world”. It’s a phrase we hear quite often – but in the case of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed – it truly fits. Held every summer at the Earl of March’s Goodwood Estate in southeast England, the Festival of Speed brings together past champions, race winning cars, and 150,000 fans in a truly unique setting. The event is setup as a hillclimb, with cars taking timed runs, one at a time, up “Lord March’s Driveway”.

The driveway, as fans call it, is a 1.5-mile long road that cuts through the middle of the Goodwood Estate. Thousands of fans line both sides of the driveway, separated only by a few feet of hay bales – as cars raging from a 1909 Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix car to current Formula 1 cars race up the hill. The variety of cars making an appearance at this event is one of the components that make the Festival of Speed truly unique.