Monday, 4 July 2011
Goodwood Festival of Speed & Jaguar
Sunshine, heat and another amazing collection of cars racing up the famous Goodwood Hill and through the forest gravel rally stage – another memorable Goodwood Festival of Speed. An estimated 180,000 car nuts and their families attended came to the 19th ace festival at Goodwood Estate, this year celebrating 50 years of the iconic Jaguar E-type. Familiar faces from the world of athletics, motorsport and television joined Jaguar in its celebrations. Friday saw former F1 driver and current BBC commentator Martin Brundle take to the Goodwood Hill in the XJR-9. On Saturday, American talk show host, avid car enthusiast and collector, Jay Leno, drove the new, 550PS XKR-S as well as the thundering Group 44 E-type race car while on Sunday, British Olympic hopeful and Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassador Jessica Ennis took on the Hill as she rode in the XKR-S. The 28-metre E-type sculpture infront of Goodwood House continued to wow the crowds at the Festival along with the spectacular range of vehicles both in action and on static display. Jaguar said: "The event allows spectators incredible access to vehicles and exhibits on display, with enthusiasts of all ages being able to get up close to priceless cars from the past including the beautiful XJ13 as well as from the future, in the form of the C-X75. It was a brilliant event to celebrate 50 years of the E-Type." Bravo Goodwood – again!