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Martin
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Posted - 22 Jun 2016 :  19:52:53  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well what's the status of crowd numbers and access to the 2016 FoS? Its not all sold out as we enter the first day of the event....

First the weekend is just about sold out - except if you throw more money at it - you can get Grandstand and Hospitality oackages, and if you are feeling especially wealthy, or someone close has a birthday now, it makes a very good present.
I'd suggest in this case you look at the means of hospitality access because the crowds can get very large, and parking here, in deepest Sussex, relies on fields that are no fun at all in the rain.... and this weekend we may see thunder storms.


Ticket availability:
Weekend... Thursday... Friday.... Saturday.... Sunday

Sold out..... Good ........ Limited.... Soldout.... Soldout

Standard Saturday and Sunday admissions are sold out.
You can still purchase the Grandstand or Hospitality Packages on these days..

As always the Festllival of Speed is a very unique summer weekend that can bring an unforgettable mix of cars, and tents and stars and motorsport....
Held in the grounds of Goodwood House, this annual Hillclimb really celebrates all things automotive. There really is far to much to list here.
If you like cars and motorsport and have never 'done' an FoS... then you really should spoil yourself a little.....

FOS - THURSDAY MOVING MOTOR SHOW
Thursday 23 June 2016

All main features are open, as are the paddocks and rally course.... and who could forget the Hillclimb? Today is for practice up the hill, so the spectator popularity is less than the other three days.
It should be a little easier to get around... unless the weather gets in the way with heavy showers.
Children under 13 are admitted free of charge (no ticket required).
Junior & child proof of age required on arrival.

You should also be issued with motorsport earplugs for getting close to the Hill action....

FOS - FRIDAY ENTRY
Friday 24 June 2016

Basically a repeat of Thursday's practice schedule.
Friday is the first day of timed runs and the first official day of the timed Hillclimb when all the cars and star drivers take part in the Hillclimb.
Children under 13 are admitted free of charge (no ticket required).
Junior & child proof of age required on arrival.

Arrangement of the paddocks will vary every year, but the main attraction for most of them (except F1) will be how close you can get to the machinery.... so for instance I'd expect to see this year's Le Mans winning Porsche, and the Toyota that lost it on the last lap.... tradition requires that they will still have the dirt from the race action on them - they will not be cleaned until after this year's displays.

Read more at https://ticketing.goodwood.com/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductEvent.aspx?ProductSubType=FOSA&soalready=fBtTLf7rufKUomqdOZHpA8hj8Lch+0ddHLSG68BPXjw=#O7pO8EMS9HcTBVUG.99

Martin

Martin
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Posted - 06 Jul 2016 :  23:41:50  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The theme for petrol heads this year was 'Full Throttle' - the quest for more power................. power and its endless chase...

Well the weather is a typical British Summer - if you don't like it then wait for 20 minutes - for the next change. Wellies recommended - in part. Four days will see a quarter of a million striding around this venue. There's a lot of wood chip to soak up some of the puddles too.

Here is a 1911 Fiat S76....... now we've featured the build of this monster and one of its record breaking sisters some years ago - use SFC search engines. How many tents are there here?

Just down the tents is another area of interests...... its the new car models displayed by the manufacturers..... to potential owners.
King of this car lot was probably the £1.9million, 261mph Bugatti Chiron See it and you are unlikely to forget it. Its controversial styling is about as provoking as its price. Then it was on the hill - no doubt about this one's grunt and speed driven by Le Mans driver Andy Wallace.

First sessions on the circuit/ tarmac and from the paddocks for past F1 noises are wonderful... then out come some of the mid 60's Can Am era cars ..... here is a lovely Lola 370 too. But the biggest and hairiest of the turbo powered endurance machines are the Porsche 917s ...... then they were matched by the 1983 onward Group B rally machinery from the crazy forest era. They still look good on the hill and in the paddocks....
They are only really matched by the modern hybrid supercars in power and its delivery.

Jenson Button is using one of the big straw bales to sign some autographs. He'll be in his F1 car doing a doughnut soon. Those straw bales weigh over 1 ton each.
Of course, there are many F1 stars with cars on hand and it has to begin with Mercedes’ Hamilton, and Rosberg but the F1 paddock remains off limits to the punters (talking about the yellow lines and tapes here ... you can still touch the other cars if you want but not in the F1 area) - even when the performing F1 cars are not this year's models (they are all in Austria) .... but we forgive Goodwood such indiscretions..... because the real magic of Goodwood is the mix of cars and people here...... and as if just to prove it one of real specials arrives...... Ross Brawn’s own championship-winning Brawn BGP 001, restored into its race guise for this show .... and well driven by Martin Brundle too.

More Power - 'Is it all part of the history of F1 today?' crackles the speaker system.... its Ross Brawn 'Are we passed it?..... I think we have to plan and react in time.... F1 is trying to change the rules just at a time when the lead that Mercedes gained is stabilising ..... we are getting interesting racing once more. The gates are again open to get more power from their fuel whether from hybrid electric or internal combustion.'

"Full Throttle - the Persuit of Power" is also a structure in front of the house. Its also celebrating the BMW centenary...... so up there on the 'scaffolding' .... Lord March calls it his 'Central Feature' .... hanging out on this one are several million quids worth of motorsport Beamers.....
the BMW 328 Mille Miglia
the Brabham BT52
the Le Mans 2 litre class winners and the BMW prototype Le Mans winner

Well there is a lot more NASCAR featuring things like Richard Petty's 72 Dodge Charger..... has to have a V8,, and a big capacity motor, nowadays they are throwing all the modern technology at them. They run heavy and on narrower width slicks..... so its "hard to hook them up"...... then there are some of the vintage drivers to press flesh too.

Here's a parade of classic BMWs up the hill......
Then down the hill come some gravity racers..... is it too slippy out there?

Out come the supercars.... cars that were owned by superstars anyway.... its drizzling as they all go to the hill..... Justin Law is racing a Roller..... and it ends up fifth..... Heggerty pushes a racing McLaren twin turbo V8 to the lead..... then there's a Nissan GT making full use of its 4 wheel drive..... as its raining ..... then a nice red 911 tops the time sheet.

Amongst other celebrations, the event was remembering the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s world championship. There's another McLaren, this time a P1 GTR from the factory, that was decked out in the colours of the late F1 star and broadcaster.
Would you believe they've brought together James Hunt's and Nicki Lauda's sons to blatt up the hill in some Malboro' machinery.... his important wheels are to be found in the paddock.... welly zone on the approach to that paddock..... James Hunt.... a pop star in motorsport.

What about the Hillclimb Final?..... the Hesketh Cosworth 308 B takes the lead 52.4..... then an orange Can Am Mclaren V8 breaks into 51.01 secs with Andy Newall still smiling.... then there's a pickup from NASCAR going mental hanging out its tail....Skinner 50.44.. then comes a RS200 that was at Pikes Peak a few years ago, dressed in an all over carbon fibre black look.... easier into the apex, Doran does 6th quickest.... next up I can't hear it after the msport lot...... its a new hybrid McLaren P1 LM..... Brack 47.07... ah next I hear a full race flat 6 Porsche GT3 lovely... Eastwood does 48,9 secs then Olly Clark gets his Subaru Impreza up in 46.29 secs to take the win.....
But what a strange mix of cars in the top ten shoot out! That P1 has had a fortune spent so it is a race car in road going livery.... Lanzante threw everything at it... a factory racer turned to road car? Get your cheque book out, a very pretty car.

Olly Clark says it really doesn't get any better than Goodwood..... he's off to glug some champagne with his folks. He's taken this King of the Hill title for the second year in his 'gobstopper' Impreza.

There's a lot here and we could almost claim there is something for all automotive pockets as well...... but not quite. Take a look at the prices.

Honorable appearences also go to a new Aston DB11, on debut the new Jaguar F-type SVX as a 200mph + hair turner, several potent V8 coupes from Lexus, plus BMW’s M4 GTS lightweight with 493bhp..... Hondas latest NSX, and the McLaren 570 Sprint.

This one really will be back again next year.... congrats to the prep team.

Martin
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coupegb
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Posted - 07 Jul 2016 :  16:08:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I drove up the hill in one of the new 124 Abarth LHD automatics with the top down.

1968 124 coupe AC torq
1969 124 Coupe AC 4link
1971 124 Spider BS1
1976 124 Spider CS1
2012 Abarth 500C esseesse and Monza
2000 Coupe Plus

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Martin
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Posted - 09 Jul 2016 :  13:28:27  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What are your impressions of it Bernie?

You didn't post a smiley emoticon behind your message.... was it all bad?

Martin
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coupegb
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Posted - 11 Jul 2016 :  18:35:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes Martin, it wasn't all bad, it didn't rain whilst driving.


Overall 50-50

The chassis was incredible, very very drivable.

But

The engine and auto box were disasters.

The engine lacked any sense of urgency. From standing start in manual gearbox mode and 'sport' on, full throttle.
No wheel spin, no axle tramp, no slipping around sideways all the way to the red line and above. In two words 'no excitement'.
According to FCA, 6.9 seconds to 60, felt much slower.
The 'ESP' was on but never the less!!!

2nd and 3rd gear performance were no better.

Coming to the gear change, again in manual using the paddles, it took an age to change gear.
It maybe better in full auto mode but you only get one run.

Maybe the car was faulty or maybe I was expecting way too much, it was difficult to judge but I reserve judgement.

My 500C Esseesse with the MTA/Dualogic gearbox is way more BIG smile on your face and changes gear better to boot.

Still want one though and still might get one

1968 124 coupe AC torq
1969 124 Coupe AC 4link
1971 124 Spider BS1
1976 124 Spider CS1
2012 Abarth 500C esseesse and Monza
2000 Coupe Plus

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