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The fast and the famous hit Festival of Speed at Goodwood
Sizzling sunshine and the smell of burning rubber proved a winning combination at Goodwood.
After an exhilarating first two days of the world-famous Festival of Speed 2013, the standard had been suitably set for the third and final day of motoring action – and it didn’t fail to deliver.
It was eyes to the sky shortly after midday as a formidable Typhoon jet put on a stunning display of power, speed and agility.
The £70 million jet, which is used by the RAF, boasts an impressive flying speed of more than 1,300mph.
The Typhoon followed a roaring Vulcan display on Saturday and a typically jaw-dropping Red Arrows display on Friday.
After the aerial treat, petrolheads focused their attention back to Earth as ex-Formula 1 World Champion and British-favourite Damon Hill was interviewed on stage, shortly before addressing thousands of adoring fans.
On Saturday, cool customers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button wowed visitors after tackling the Goodwood hill in various monster-machines.
Button drove a 1970 McLaren- Chevrolet M8D – the same car in which Bruce McLaren lost his life in a testing accident at the same circuit in 1970 – while Hamilton took to the wheel of a slick 2011 Mercedes Formula 1 car. Ever the showman, Hamilton pulled off a series of spectacular doughnuts and wheel-spins in the sunshine – much to the delight of paying punters.
Sir Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, John Surtees, Nick Mason and film icon Peter Fonda all made their way to the sun-drenched circuit for slice of the action.
Other top festival highlights included the sale of a Mercedes-Benz W196 F1 car, driven in 1954 by five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangios, for a staggering £19.6 million.
John Lennon’s first ever car – a blue 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupe – fetched a cool £360,000 at auction.
Such was the popularity of this year’s event, tens of thousands of fans clogged up the A27 into Chichester as the rush for the ‘best motoring festival in the world’ reached fever pitch.
Tailbacks caused delays of up to an hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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