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2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed - Click above for high-res image gallery

It didn't take long for me to sense the irony. As a kid I would go to my small town Fourth of July parade every year, sitting by the side of the road and enjoying the cars, floats, marching bands and various other representations of American pride go by as people waved and cheered. And here I was on the Fourth of July weekend watching a parade of sorts, despite the fact that I was in Southern England, and it all seemed very fitting. It wasn't a celebration of national pride and patriotism, but rather of the history and spectacle of motorsports. And what a spectacle it was.

Since it began in 1993 the Goodwood hill climb has become one of the most famous automotive events in the world. More than 100,000 spectators come from around the world each year to witness various cars and bikes make the trek up past the Goodwood House. This year's theme was 'viva veloce' (translated as the passion for speed), highlighted by the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo and 60 years of Formula 1. The selection of vehicles is truly diverse, with everything from a 1938 Auto Union to modern day F1 cars completing the 1.16 mile course. Although each of the runs are timed and some drivers of the drivers actually compete for the lowest E.T., the majority simply just enjoy the experience. Burnouts, donuts, wheelies, and all other forms of foolishness are encouraged. In fact, the crowds seemed most entertained when Michael Waltrip attempted to do a burnout for the entire length of the course in his NASCAR Toyota. Sound like your idea of a good day? Check out the gallery below for our photos from this year's Goodwood hill climb.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love each and every one of those Le Mans cars
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, to many nice cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Though this may not contribute to any conversation I just wanted to say that I love Goodwood and everything it stands for.

      Brilliant photographs as well, I cannot imagine processing that many in such a short amount of time, well done sir!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome display! I love that crazy Alfa with 4 mufflers and that bad ass Lumina Nascar as well as other bad ass race cars. What a great event!

      • 4 Years Ago
      . . . one event you must visit in your lifetime.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So many interesting cars. I loved seeing the McLaren F1 race cars
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hello Prince David! Well, just like you are, I love also looking at different types of car. But a real car fanatic is not looking only on the car's design. We must also look for it's features as engines, and air-conditioning system. For me, I look into the performance of the car ac. Ac must have a good ac condenser , to enjoy the maximum performance....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too... much... awesome...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for the great photos. The beautiful 70's, 80's annd early 90's F1 cars again made me realize why I hate current the current state of F1. Purity of design, instead of seeing how many ducts, wings and misc body attachments you can hang on a car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After watching some of the videos from Goodwood I wonder how much will racing lose of its attractivness due the transition to EV. Roaring engines are part of motor sport, so I don't think the question stands "if" but rather "how much"... Imagine Pikes Peak with only silently buzzing vehicles. O.o
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great photos - I said "wow" aloud with every click!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I went to Goodwood from around 1994 through to 2000/2001 & I hate it. To begin with it was pretty good - virtually no barriers at all, you were only a few feet from the track and it was filled with people who wanted to drive cars. Now it's just full of posers in cars that they can't drive (there are a few exceptions of course but these are few & far between) because they've bought them as an investment rather than a car to use. There are so many good hillclimbs in the UK with people who drive their cars to the limit which are much better than the Goodwood POS, sorry - FOS.
      The only good thing about it is that you get to see cars that you wouldn't see elsewhere - but it would be good to see them all driven as they were meant to be.
      Run it like a proper hillclimb. Classes, times etc. Sure, have the people doing silly things but make it a minority rather than the majority. People will enjoy it so much more to see the cars actually doing what they were meant to do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Relax dude, it's not a hillclimb - and you're right there are plenty of those to go to, but I don't know of any with FoS's attendance figures
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone I.D. the green car in image # 71?
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