Despite nearly two weeks of perfect sunshine, by the time I made it to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, that weather had long since gone. Despite the rain, a sensational mix of cars new and old graced the Sussex hill climb once more. With the development of electric cars taking centre stage, it was no surprise to see Volkswagen’s purpose-built fully-electric hill climb racer take the overall hill climb record. Twice. Slipping below the 40-second mark, the ID.R has taken the overall record from Nick Heidfeld, set 20 years ago in his McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13.
James was in the Kendall Developments (formerly Rollcentre Racing) - prepared Dallara. Born in 2001 and powered by a 4.0 Judd V10, the SP1 rocketed up the hill with every run. Sunday's weather meant the track was still a little damp for shootout. Tricky conditions with very damp patches at the upper end of the circuit especially meant progress was tricky, Still despite this, James placed fourth overall, a mere two tenths behind the Oliver Solberg piloted Citroen multi-terrain capable World Rallycross car, Petter Solberg and the all-electric Volkswagen. Not bad for an 18-year-old Le Mans Prototype racecar!
Every year Goodwood attracts the wildest, most ferocious and most eccentric cars from the world over. This year, highlights included the latest Ferrari Special Series car, the P80/C, The Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne on the Cartier lawn and the silver Count Rossi Porsche 917K road car.
This year DK Engineering proudly displayed two cars on the entry to the Drivers Club. Requested by Goodwood, we displayed two legendary cars, the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F40. Both cars were sourced and sold to their current owners by ourselves.
I've compiled a gallery of images I took from the Festival below; the final Dallara images with thanks and credit to Gary Harman & Jeff Bloxham.