Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 in pictures: a photo special

Published: 29 June 2015

Jenson Button drives McLaren MP4-6 past Goodwood House

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CAR reported live from the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2015, updating the gallery daily with new photographs, snippets and commentary from the greatest automotive garden party on Earth. Don't forget to tell us your highlights - and disappointments - in the comments below.

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Stirling Moss in his Mercedes W196 queues up in front of Jenson Button in Senna's McLaren MP4/6

Jenson Button (above) drove a very special McLaren: Ayrton Senna's 1990 title-winning MP4/6, a very poignant moment for the 100,000+ spectators. Here he queues up behind Stirling Moss in his old Mercedes W196.

Anthony Reid set the course record for roadgoing supercars this year

Anthony Reid won the Michelin Supercar Run in a Noble M600, blasting up the 1.16-mile hillclimb in 51.33 seconds - beating Chris Ward in the exuberant Lexus LF-A by 0.78sec. Third fastest roadgoing supercar was the Aston Martin GT12 driven by ex-Lotus chief engineer Matt Becker.

Brendon Hartley blasts up the Goodowood hill in the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 hybrid

Brendon Hartley drives the 2015 Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid racer up the hill, two short weeks after number #19's win at La Sarthe. He drove the car on both Saturday and Sunday, much to the delight of LMP1 fans keen to see a passing of the crown from previously all-vanquishing Audi. Find your perfect used Porsche here.

Surtees TS7

Derek Bell drove John Surtees' TS7 up the hill - one of countless hero cars Lord March gathered together at the #FOS. This is the car in which Bell scored his solitary F1 point.

The Red Arrows fly past the Goodwood sculpture. Note the sun!

Have the Red Arrows acrobatic team ever looked as good? The 2015 #FOS weekend was blessed with much sunshine after some showers earlier in the week.

Terry Grant drives up the Goodwood hill on two wheels in new Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Publicity stunts galore at Goodwood, naturally. Nissan premiered its latest Juke Nismo RS on two wheels at the hands of stunt driver Terry Grant. In six runs over the weekend he set a new tip-toeing, two-wheeled car record in 2min 10sec. And gave hordes of spectators a good look at the crossover's undercarriage... Find a Nissan kept in better condition in our used-car classifieds here.

Drift category right up Ken Block's street

Ken Block's Hoonigan doing its sideways thing on the main straight outside Lord March's house. Localised plumes of smoke regularly broke out all weekend - part and parcel of the high-octane Goodwood climate.

Goodwood regular Stirling Moss lines up

Goodwood regular Stirling Moss lines up at Goodwood. Few drivers have a closer association with the event than Moss, whose professional career ended at the nearby race circuit after a bad accident in a Lotus in 1962. 

Kimi Raikkonen took his 2010 Ferrari grand prix car, the F10, up the hill

Kimi Raikkonen took his 2010 Ferrari grand prix car, the F10, up the hill - a popular one with the crowds.

A driver's eye view

This is the driver's eye view up the hill at the startline. Note the burnt rubber on the track. Exuberant starts are encouraged at #FOS. But would you have the balls to execute a flat-out standing start without spearing into the haybales?

It's Ken Block's Hoonicorn!

Surely going to be in with a shout for lairiest car at #FOS 2015? It's Ken Block's Hoonigan, the cut-n-shut Mustang with wild rallycross-derived running gear and a penchant for lighting up those exposed rear tyres at every opportunity... a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

McLaren Honda merchandise stall... deserted

The McLaren Honda F1 merchandise stand was strangely empty at the festival of speed this year. A bit like their trophy cabinet. Telling...

McLaren police car: don't out-run this one!

Can't think of many police cars you're less likely to out-run... Even the cop cars at Goodwood are of a different class (though we suspect the 650S blues-n-twos is surely a promotional stunt on loan to Surrey police rather than a Woking panda car).

The Cummins Mini

Couple of wild Minis at the festival this year. This Cummins Mini is designed to show what earth-moving derv specialists Cummins can do...

The Pikes Peak Mini

... while this is what happens when a modern Mini goes Pikes Peak baiting. Either that, or snowplough duties in the Rockies. Browse more regular used Minis here in our Cars For Sale.

Derek Bell's Porsche 924

Long-time Goodwood supporter and local resident Derek Bell has brought his Porsche 924 Carrera GT along. Not your average 924, is it? 

Ian Callum's bespoke retro Jag

Here's your chance to assess what you make of Jaguar design director Ian Callum's own, personal-time Jag Mk2 project. You know what? Seeing it in the metal for the first time, we totally get it. Looks good...

Not one, but two LaFerraris!

Always worth strolling around the car parks at Goodwood. We came across not one, but two LaFerraris in one, well-heeled corner of the Goodwood estate. The combined wealth of attendees here must be pretty stonking...

Aventador at Goodwood

Mind you, money doesn't buy you taste. The number plate on this Aventador Roadster is mildly amusing!

A very well travelled McLaren P1

Is this the most-travelled McLaren P1 in the world? This is at least the second time we've seen this car at an event. Wonder how many miles it's done?

Mercedes McLaren SLR

It's not all modern Maccas. We spy this McMercedes SLR in one car park. MSO number plate suggests upgrades...

Audi R18 eTron at Goodwood

A wonder around the paddocks at the Festival of Speed is always revealing. Check out the Le Mans-competing Audi R18 e-Tron, shipped over from La Sarthe for a bit of Goodwood showing off.

Porsche 991 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4

Over at the Porsche paddock, a very purposeful 991 GT3 RS (left) and Cayman GT4 prepare for demo runs up the hill. It's amazing to think Porsche has shown both these cars only three months ago at the Geneva motor show and launched them subsequently. Is it atoning for all those Cayennes and Macans, perchance?

Vauxhall cavalcade

A Vauxhall road train heads up the hill. This doesn't have the potential to go wrong at all, does it?

Citroen DSes out in force

In the Citroen DS's golden anniversary year, the FOS organisers were always going to celebrate in style. And they have. Lord March's front lawn is awash with goddesses in every shape and colour. Well worth a look if you're at Goodwood this weekend. This car really was ahead of its time...

Lancia Delta S4 from 1986

It wouldn't be Goodwood without some landmark sporting greats - and there are some treats in store for Group B rally fans. The 1986 Lancia Delta S4 was a key player in the Group B scene and this car makes a wonderful sight as it blasts up the hillclimb. West Sussex authorities keep you safely behind haybales; just imagine what this would have been like in the '80s blasting past inches from unprotected spectators in wilder rallies. Amazing... 

Alpine at Goodwood

The reason why Alpine is coming back: they used to know a thing or two about building great cars...

Virtual reality at Goodwood

If enjoying loud cars and inhaling recently combusted petrol fumes isn't your thing, don't worry. You can just enter the virtual world thanks to the simulators on hand on various stands. These guys are having fun! Just digitally! 

Punters testing cars on the Goodwood hill climb during Thursday's Moving Motor Show

Thursday is the Moving Motor Show, and it's fast becoming apparent this has become the unofficial British motor show. Most car makers are here in force, with some spectacular stands, plenty of hot metal to ogle and some interesting curio classics too. Punters enjoyed the chance to drive up Lord March's driveway during Thursday's Moving Motor Show. Some cars were passenger rides only, some brave manufacturers let visitors thrash up the hillclimb solo...

The Gerry Judah sculpture at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

The Gerry Judah sculpture at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 is a typically epic production in steel and Le Mans-related metal. There's the 24-hour race winning 787B hero at the top of 120 tonnes of steel, arranged in a matchstick-like stack of 418 beams. An interesting challenge for Judah: 'Usually the one thing you never do with steel is to twist it, so this year we had an impossible challenge to find a way of corkscrewing the entire structure, and we succeeded with an elegant and graceful system that shows of the elegance and grace of the cars themselves.' 

Ford GTs old and new at Festival of Speed

GTs old and new dominate Ford's stand. Hope they've done those bolts up tightly. The new GT's upstairs at Ford, with a special tyre-kicking session for prospective customers. We spotted Anthony Hamilton (Lewis's dad) having a close look!

Peugeot 309 GTI

Appropriately enough, Peugeot's dug out a 309 GTI Goodwood Edition for its display. Once the 205 GTI's less loved sibling, it's now just as desirable - head to the classifieds and prepare to be depressed by how much value a mint one like this commands today.

The legendary Peugeot 205 T16

The new Peugeot 308 GTI makes its debut on the other side of the stand, but we're distracted by an even hotter Pug hatch on the side. This 205 T16 packs 600bhp, rudimentary four-wheel drive and a shorter-than-short wheelbase; Group B drivers really were heroes.

Aston Martin DB9 GT at Goodwood

Fresh from its announcement earlier in the week, it's the Aston Martin DB9 GT, making its first appearance in public. Despite some obligatory lashings of carbonfibre, as bodykits go it's a subtle one.

Mercedes W111 concept at Goodwood FOS

Centrepiece of Mercedes' stand comes from 1969: the W111 concept. Still looks futuristic today, proof that supercars can look good on small wheels and tall tyres.

The Honda stand at Goodwood 2015

There's almost an unofficial contest between the major manufacturers as to who can create the most dramatic display stand. Audi's is like a miniature citadel, Jaguar's backs on to a handling track with gyrating F-Types. Honda has surpassed the lot though, with this cheeky Matchbox toy-inspired creation.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer