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Engines Roar At The Goodwood Festival of Speed

The annual motor sport garden party pulls in the crowds

The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated another action packed weekend for fans of two and four wheels at the estate of Lord March in West Sussex.

Celebrating their 100th birthday, BMW fever took over as the manufacturer displayed a huge collection of new and old machinery with the iconic sculpture outside Goodwood House featuring the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the 1999 Le Mans winning V12 LM and the 1983 F1 Brabham-BMW BT52.

Honda had one of the most memorable displays with an enormous multi-storey car park, taking inspiration from the iconic Fisher Price toy, complete with turning handle and the 2016 British Touring Car Championship Honda Civic Type R on the ramp and the latest NSX also on display it certainly stood out. 

Volkswagen celebrated 40 years of the Golf GTI in England with generations proudly on display on their stand.  Visitors could also check out the futuristic looking Golf GTE Sport Concept making its first appearance in the UK and their new Tiguan SUV also featured.

The new 540PS R8 Spyder was on the Audi stand and fans of the German marque could get up close to the TT RS coupe, the stonking S8 Plus and the all-new S5 coupe.  Le Mans 24 Hours racer Oliver Jarvis was on hand to drive the R8 V10 coupe up the hill climb too.

Fresh from their Le Mans win, Ford naturally had their GT race car with them and their impressive three storey unit had plenty of models to drool over including the new Fiesta ST200, Mustang, Focus RS and if that wasn’t enough, race fans could also watch superstar Ken Block hoon his Fiesta ST RX43 up the hill.

Vauxhall had fun for all the family in their experience area with footballing activities, zip lining and children could also get up close to their own cars with mini versions of their popular Adam to race around on.

Lexus had a bigger presence this year and the divine looking V8-powered LC 500 sports car had plenty of people checking it out as it made its UK debut, sitting proudly next to the LFA supercar.   Some of their latest hybrid models were also on display including the RC 300h, the NX 300h and the luxurious RX 450h.

Jaguar Land Rover always have an impressive looking structure, this year it was their biggest to date and it had a mini circuit so you could have hot laps in a Jaguar F-Type or those keen on off-roading could tackle a course in a Range Rover Evoque.  Stunt driver Terry Grant tackled the Goodwood hill in an F-Pace...on two wheels.

Mini had their most powerful production model ever, the 231bhp John Cooper Works on their stand and if that wasn’t enough, their Superleggera Vision Concept was also displayed with a world premiere of their new Mini Seven model.

Mercedes-AMG set pulses racing with the unveiling of the all-new AMG-GT R, another model making its public debut in a rather striking green colour.  The 4.0-litre V8 produces 585hp and can reach 62mph in just 3.6 seconds.  The pavillion also hosted the SLC 43 and SL 63 and F1 driver Nico Rosberg made an appearance driving the 2014 F1 W05 Hybrid up the hill.

Hollywood movie star Keanu Reeves rode up on one of his own Arch motorcycles, King of the Jungle and King of four World SuperBike Championships Carl Fogarty did a burn out alongside 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, while Jenson Button took time off from his busy race schedule to drive the 1984 McLaren-Honda MP4/6.

Were you at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, if so what did you enjoy seeing?  Let us know in the comments.