GALLERY: Everything You Need To See From Goodwood FoS 2021
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Look past the obvious pandemic-shaped news and these past 18 months haven’t been much better for the die-hard Speedhunter.

In the UK and Europe, we’ve officially been handed our judgement day: January 1, 2030. That’s when all (new) ICE-powered cars will no longer be eligible for sale, and that includes hybrids.

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Over at Hethel, Lotus Cars have just launched their last ever petrol-burning sports car in the form of the Emira. It’s a proper belter, and while I struggle with the idea of an all-electric Lotus in the future they’re at least going out with a bang.

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Which is more than can be said for the trusty German powerhouse that is Mercedes-AMG. We’re in for much downsizing and piped-in engine noise unfortunately. That also means the next-gen C63 AMG will get a four-cylinder hybrid engine, a far cry from the 6.2-litre V8 brute we celebrated a decade ago.

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To shake a fist at all this would be very archaic and very boomer. The world is constantly changing – as is public perception towards sustainability – and the demographic for who these kinds of cars appeal to simply isn’t the same as past generations.

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In fact, the general consensus between EV carmakers is that younger people aren’t particularly fussed about oil-burning tech; they want mobility… but they want it clean. Which is a handy narrative to play into.

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We’re continually told to look forward, not behind. Bizarre BMW marketing campaigns will even shun an iconic flagship model like the E65 760Li to try and elevate the downright gawky BMW iX. There’s no attempt at inclusion here; either join the revolution or be left behind, you ruddy dinosaur.

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So it’s easy to feel a bit disheartened by it all, especially if you not only burn fossil fuels but actively enjoy it. You could even say it’s become a bit taboo. But as the internet has shown over the years, it doesn’t matter how obscure your interest is, there’s always something out there for you. Yup, and there’s always Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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We didn’t get a FoS last year for obvious reasons, and we nearly didn’t get one this year either. But after being approved for ‘test event’ status just two weeks earlier – which would require all attendees to be Covid tested every day – Goodwood not only got the green light, but with full capacity too. And while it felt downright weird at times, it was a welcome reminder that, no matter what our automotive future looks like, it will always have a global following.

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Not that Goodwood is a two fingers up to EVs kind of event; quite the opposite. As the name suggests, this is a festival of speed and not just a festival of internal combustion. EV, hybrid and hydrogen-powered cars all took to the hill alongside their counterparts dating right back to the early 1900s.

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This year’s show included an Electric Avenue (not endorsed by Eddy Grant) along with a future lab giving us a glimpse into what the next decade of motoring could look like. Apparently, that’s LED lights and overly-complex wheel designs.

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But let’s be honest, the real reason for attending Goodwood is the hillclimb. In recent years it’s adopted the term ‘moving motorshow’ which couldn’t be more accurate. I can’t think anything more frustrating than seeing acres of performance cars laid up in show halls, the only evidence of speed being a continually-looped video playing behind ‘em. You say it’s 1,200bhp, but is it really?

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Manufacturers ruled the roost on Thursday, and if you think that’s a bad thing just listen to the Aston Martin Valkyrie rip up the 1.16-mile hillclimb. I urge you to find a better-sounding production car right now, and that includes in motorsport. Add it in the comments if you find one, because I absolutely want to hear it.

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Friday through to Sunday is the real main attraction; pre-war monsters, F1 legends, drift cars, NASCARs, Group C Le Mans and all eras of rallying. From a photography point of view it’s a bit of a nightmare. You want to mix up angles and locations, but there’s always something special lining up you simply must watch before moving on. Repeat this eight times  a day, every day, and that’s Goodwood in a nutshell.

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For me, the one car I couldn’t not watch was the Ric Wood Motorsport R32 Skyline GT-R. Built to full Group A specification and wearing the period correct HKS livery, it performed (and sounded) even better than it looked.

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That was helped mainly due to British Touring Car ace Jake Hill behind the wheel, who during the Sunday shootout decimated the course in under 49-seconds. Not only did he win the Super Saloon class, he also embarrassed a whole lot of newer, more powerful race cars in the process. Not bad for ’90s tech.

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With our EV future looking decidedly closer this year, do you think events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed are becoming more or less relevant? I’m biased – as I’d imagine the bulk of you will be too – and while the performance/tech being employed by the likes of Rimac is mind-boggling, I’ll always struggle to look at anything EV-powered on an emotive level.

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But then, as a man who takes no better joy than sitting on a hill watching old race cars belch out plumes of smoke, tech and forward-thinking aren’t exactly words I’ll ever be associated with. And that’s absolutely fine with me.

Mark Riccioni
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thathellastockusdm3rdgenyaris@instagram

I saw the mclaren X and it was cool. I'm surprised you didn't get more photos of the paddocks and whatnot.

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I was too busy moderating the comments you post on here

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thathellastockusdm3rdgenyaris@instagram

i am well on my way to owning both a tuning shop and a massive street racing club. you literally are attacking someone with 25 years of experience doing this since they are 5. your days are numbered.

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Why are you always on here raging around?

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i don't see the correlation between this comment and your previous comment

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thathellastockusdm3rdgenyaris@instagram

im throwing my SH hat away, i will never ever ever try to work or attempt to shoot content for this disrespectful and stuck up company. .

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Didn't realise you ever had, but this is good news. Please don't let the door hit you on the way out.....

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I'll have the tuna

can i have your hat?

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Matthew Adu-Larbi

Holy shit I think you killed him

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There was no sound, he just died!

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lmao yes:)

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The Festival of Speed is right up there on my automotive Bucket List, and this article just solidified its spot. I also am old enough to appreciate the Eddy Grant reference

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In an age of collaboration and partnerships, i honestly think Goodwood missed an obvious opportunity there.

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Travis Stewart

Long live the gas burners!!!

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From a manufacturing/innovation/STEM-Student/tinkerer's perspective, it's the most amazing time to be alive in the history of man. The fact this isn't universally realized and driving our global sentiments is near criminal. What we build, the technological achievements of those of us in the current generation will be remembered for a thousand years (at least)!
"New" tech as related to cars becoming electric will frankly be a small footnote in history compared to us leaving the confines of our atmosphere. The reality is that plenty of people building the latest gizmo are going home to tinker on their car's carburetor or launch their home-built rocket or what-have-you; this segment is expanding, not going the way of the dodo.

On the other hand, it's never been easier to slide through life playing video games, "earning" a throwaway degree, pretending to be a meaningful part of society, and complaining about things you don't (want to fully) understand. This façade is becoming more realized.

One thing that does need to happen RIGHT NOW is that we need the current generation of car enthusiasts to unify through a SEMA-like organization to carve out our right to exist on a legal level. The longer the movers/shakers like Speedhunters do not do this, the more likely we'll wake up unable to change our own oil or tune our own computers.

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Wow! Is this for real? Old F1 cars driving around? Amazing! How come we don't have stuff like this in the U.S.?!!!!!!!! Freaking amazing bunch of cars! Great pics.

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Trevor Yale Ryan

There will be a few out at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in several weeks, and a few of us will be out there as always!

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Jean-Luc Cartwright

What an awesome event this year - Reminded me how much I missed it after last years break from the show!

Speaking of EV's... Did you get any pics of the Red Tesla Model 3 heading up the hill? It was me behind the wheel! :)

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I'll do some digging - it was pretty much the only Tesla going up the hill right?

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Jean-Luc Cartwright

Awesome thanks - Yep it was the only one going up the hill!

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God these shots are beautiful! Feels like a petrol-head paradise.

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You are effin' good with a camera Mark. Thanx for the wallpapers!

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Listening to those EV cars whine by reminded me of my old RC cars from the past. Compare that to those crazy loud Rover SD1s that echoed thru the entire event, it's just not even close.

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No matter how amazing the performance of an EV if it is not an exciting experience then it is just a consumer appliance. My experience of EVs so far has been that they have a lot of features and high novelty factor. Leisure is not "time set aside" and, it is not "a specific activity". Leisure is "a state of mind". So maybe tinkering with an EV can be fun, but driving them is quite divorced from the experience of "driving". In fact, most EVs seem to be aimed at removing the experience.

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I think that's what i'm waiting to see different from EV makers; there's a lot of 'novelty' factor and i completely get it - without ICE packaging there's a lot more space to play with, and when the tech element of your car is its USP you need those novelties to separate it from the competition. Just look at the iPhone model.

My problem i have is that it further conditions this mentality of cars being a consumable; if the tech feels dated after six months, and you're encouraged to then chip it in for the next-gen model 12-months later (again, see iPhone) suddenly this 'green' approach to car ownership is infinitely more damaging.

I just can't see people holding onto EV cars for 30+ years like we see with ICE ones, battery longevity aside will they ever capture people on that emotional level? I'm not the target consumer, and ultimately only the future will tell.

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Some of the greatest cars ever right here in one show!
And I have to say those are some awesome shots right there! Hopefully someday I get to go to Goodwood FoS cheers!

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It's a highlight regardless of the weather, and if you're ever fortunate enough to get the opportunity absolutely grab it. I've been probably 8 or 9 years running now, and i still find myself getting car starstruct (car-struck?) going through the pits. Mainly because you also know very shortly you get to hear 'em run too.

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Keith Peronilla

That modernized Lancia 037 thing looks really cool!

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One of the stand-outs from the show 100% - especially loved the turbo & supercharged 4-cylinder being used by it. I have my reservations with a lot of 'restomods' (i hate the term, it's just tuning for the most part) but cars like that are a welcome exception.

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O yes, that HKS Skyline. I share your feelings about it. You know what? It's for sale!
Built by the same guys that built the Calsonic Skyline that attended FOS previously. Great stuff!

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Keith Peronilla

The same guys who built the Calsonic one?! Just wow! Both are beautifully built, I've only recently found out about Goodwood and those skylines are probably some of my most favourite cars to attend the event

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Ric Woods Motorsport, they've also built a Taisan one too if i remember correctly. Incredible history there and the range of cars they've built/raced over the decades is bonkers. We'll do a proper spotlight on 'em soon.

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I've got a lot of time for the internal combustion engine still, and am happy driving a car with a sterling example of an NA engine myself... but if the Valkyrie is the swansong, the pinnacle of good old-fashioned dinosaur-juice-powered road cars, then I'm happy with that. My next car will be be an EV... I figure if I want something new, it'll be *new* new, with new technology and an entirely different experience. It'll take some getting used to, but in about five years there'll be some excellent performance EVs available that don't break the bank, and that's plenty enough time to save.

Still though, watching those Group C cars rip around a track never gets old.

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I completely agree with you - i'm not against EV, it just feels a (small) way off where i need a car to be. I'm far from the norm; i live out in the sticks and work regularly involves 300+ mile trips.

I do believe the infrastructure will rapidly improve in the next 3-5 years; there was quite an interesting piece about how relatively easy an EV charging point is compared to a petrol station forecourt. If a place has some form of electricity running to it... well half the battle is won.

But then there's the synthetic fuel argument and the investment Porsche are putting into that, which you'd assume would have some future given the subsequent EV push too. In reality, i think we're all likely to accept an EV for the 'grind' if it means we can keep something interesting for the weekend. But then, like a lot of EV currently, you need to be very privileged/wealthy to even consider that an option.

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I believe VW was working on mobile charging stations. Basically a truck with a small crane could drop one or two off and once it's charging capacity was low, it would then alert the company to schedule a charging station swap. Would allow charging in areas without the infrastructure.

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Yeah, sounds like we're on the same page - they're tantalisingly close, but not *quite* at the price/performance level where they're a truly appealing proposition yet for us mere mortals. And for the nature of your work, the infrastructure problem is a big obstacle right now, agreed. Good point about the relative ease of building more charging points though, I hadn't thought of that!

The synthetic fuel thing is interesting, because while it ameliorates the fossil fuel issue, the emissions from combustion would still be a problem, wouldn't they? It sounds like that's only solving half the problem.

And yes, honestly, with max torque from zero RPM an EV would be perfect for commuting most of the time.

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This opinion probably will age like milk, but here we go

ICE sale ban won't last long, probably 10 years at most. EV will either become a long range luxury or small city zipper that won't see past 60km/h. Unless a better, cheaper, and easier to manufacture battery exist. Yea I know that IBM, PJP, and Tesla did a research on battery that use less lithium, but those batteries still contain those metal:
- IBM claims their new tech is heavy-metal free, not lithium free.(https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2019/12/heavy-metal-free-battery/)
- PJP's dual carbon electrode battery, Ryden, still uses lithium salts in organic solvents as electrolyte.(https://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/05/20140514-ryden.html)
- Tesla's research partner, Jeff Dahn, uses fluorine and boron in their new lithium electrolyte. (https://electrek.co/2020/07/09/tesla-patents-lithium-metal-or-anode-free-battery/)

But because lithium price is steadily rising (it's dropped recently but starts to rise agian). I'm afraid that those tech could tone down the manufacturing cost in the long run. (source: https://www.fastmarkets.com/commodities/industrial-minerals/lithium-price-spotlight)

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Vladimir Ljadov

The problem with EVs is more about utilizing the batteries, not producing them, but not many people talk about it. It's not on the agenda.

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Those Skyline mirrors bug me... Pretty sure they're the knock off ganadors.

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Thanks for youre awesome photos and your narration. I'm glad there are actually events out there that start to feel normal again.

That Valkyrie Video however does it not do well, the quality absolutely sub-par; i had to find another video to hear what it actually sounds like. https://youtu.be/OsZbZKO5Huc

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