Timed runs up Lord March’s driveway won’t start until this weekend, but already the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is off to a flying start.
This year’s celebration includes a cavalcade of drift cars, hyper expensive exotics, 70 years of Ferraris, Formula 1 racers from several decades, and that bad boy you see above: the Kamaz Dakar Truck. A 17.2-liter turbodiesel V-8 that weighs, um 12,000 pounds—mabye?—with a 16-speed manual. (Eds note: We’re guessing no one’s been busier on the slushbox than its driver Ayrat Mardeev?)
There have been few notable crashes in the run up to qualifying, including a Ford RS200 Evo 2 that made us wince, but the Festival of Speed has been noticeably drama-free so far. Even the Kamaz managed to keep its shiny side up.
The event this year honors the F1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone, evidenced by the Formula 1 showcase and the spectacular centerpiece with four grand prix racers from his reign.
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Stay tuned as we cover the famous hill climb from soup to nuts, including a rare look at a run up the hill from behind the wheel.
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