Festival of Speed: Friday round up

The first day of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed was packed with high speed races, dramatic finishes and no shortage of thrills and spills.

Following Thursday’s moving motor show, the action has stepped up a gear, wowing the crowds at one of the world’s biggest race meetings.

Forest Rally Stage start Festival of Speed 2013

Forest Rally Stage start Festival of Speed 2013

With the newest supercars, Indy cars and freshest formula 1 models taking to the track and making their way up the hillclimb, the action was non-stop.

Visitors also braved the soaring temperatures to walk up to the forest rally stage, where rally cars kicked up the dust at extreme speeds up against the clock.

The hill climb defeated two drivers with at least two red flags being raised throughout the day.

Sir Chris Hoy, multiple Olympic medallist also took to the hill climb.

“I’m still very much new to motor sport,” he said.

“It was a privilege to drive on the track, and it’s really great to be here. I’m doing it because I love it and it is a nice way to stay competitive.”

“This is my second time to Festival of Speed, I cycled up the hill with Jensen Button in 2007.

“I’m very much a novice, but I will be returning to Goodwood Revival.”

There was also no shortage of action of the main track.

The Red Arrows roared over Goodwood at midday, and the GAS arena put on a number of shows, displaying the rider’s nerves of steel and skill.

Vince Cable, business secretary was also at the festival, invited by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Mr Cable talked with Rolls-Royce apprentices and graduates and took the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the company’s latest model, Wraith.

Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1 was also display on the Cartier lawn, next to Goodwood House.

Bonhams auction also broke a world record, with the world-famous Mercedes-Benz W196 selling for a staggering £17,500,000.

The Observer asked visitors what they thought of the day.

“It’s been incredible,” said Joe and Georgina Moorland, who travelled from Dorset.

“We will definitely be coming back next year.”

The Observer will be reporting from the Festival of Speed tomorrow (Saturday, 13), and Sunday with all the latest news.