When compared to previous years, Goodwood’s 2016 Festival of Speed was a little light on significant new production car or concept unveils, and a little heavy on the rain, even by English standards. But the rarity of the classic cars and motor racing legends on display – and screaming up its famous hillclimb – more than made up for it. Here’s Car Design News' highlights of the very English motoring event.
Cartier’s ‘Style et Luxe’
Goodwood’s oasis away from the noise and speed elsewhere, Cartier’s ‘Style et Luxe’ lawn is a bit like Villa d’Este minus the posh parmesan. A decent jazz band across the way keeps things groovy and the cars on display – gently themed by designer, brand or historic connection – is always a highlight of the four-day, late June, festival.
Gandini’s Raging Bulls
A personal favourite Cartier category this year was without doubt Gandini’s Raging Bulls, celebrating six of the production-car designs by Marcello Gandini for Lamborghini.
Although many of the designs will be well-known to car-design aficionados, there’s still something thrilling about seeing so many of them close-up and together. From a very rare sun-roofed 1970 Espada and a ’71 Miura SV – which won the overall Cartier judges’ 'best in show' prize – through to the ’75 Periscopo-edition Countach, so named due to its unusual periscope-style rear-view mirror, it was quite a collection.