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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