Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 had a different feel this year, there were less celebrities around, but it was still a thrilling and exciting event. The weather on Thursday, for the Moving Motor Show, wasn’t great, at least it didn’t rain on us. There was plenty to see and do. On Friday, the first day of the Festival itself, the weather improved and so did the action.
Blue is the New Black at the Festival of Speed 2017
Both Bugatti and McLaren had a large presence at this year’s Festival of Speed. Both stands displayed one of their super cars in blue, as their main feature.
Even the bikes ran with the blue theme. Stunt rider, Mattie Griffin, thrilled the crowds with his incredible skills as he performed a stand-up wheelie.
Here we see Mattie on his BMW, talking to the Marshall in the holding paddock.
As the sun shone on Friday, for the first day of the Festival of Speed, the blue sky gave us a brilliant back drop for this year’s spectacular sculpture in front of Goodwood House.
Brilliant Bikes And Their Unbelievable Riders at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
The first-ever British Dakar Rally winner, Sam Sunderland with his KTM 450 Rally, in the paddock at Goodwood. A true British hero.
Entered by The National Motorcycle Museum, and ridden by Michael Dunlop, winner of the 2017 Senior TT race. The NRS rotary-engined race bike made its competition debut at the 1991 Isle of Man TT, but Robert Dunlop struggled with an old injury. Norton returned in 1992 with Dunlop and Steve Hislop, who won the Senior. This was Norton’s first TT win since the 1960s.
Maria Costello, shown here in the holding paddock, has previously held the record for the fastest TT lap by a woman. She now turns her attention to the undeniable thrills of sidecar racing, driving the Kawasaki powered LCR, with Kirsty Hauxwell doing the passenger work.
In 1978 Mike Hailwood came out of retirement to do the Isle of Man TT. He hadn’t raced there for 11 years but the part-factory-prepared Ducati 900SS v-twin had the perfect performance, helping him to win the F1 TT. The bike is ridden here at Goodwood by Mike’s son, David.
Photographs by Marcia White