The Goodwood Festival of Speed held annually in United Kingdom is a renowned motoring garden party in the world with classic cars and racing cars of all ages and all types. As a petrol head, how can you miss this with the exciting Hillclimb and auctions of motor cars and automobilia?
text: Michelle Siu
去年就有一件特別值得關注的拍賣品，就是由Stanley Wanlass於1987年創作的彩色銅鑄雕塑“Two Thoroughbreds”，展示著名美國賽車手菲爾．希爾（1927-2008）駕駛Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa勝出1958年勒芒24小時耐力賽一刻的英姿，裝於黑色大理石展示架上連方形木底托，附有簽名。雕塑最終以11,250英鎊（約112,295港元）成交。菲爾．希爾是唯一一個在美國土生土長並勝出一級方程式的賽車手，也曾贏過不同大型賽事。他一直被稱為一個貼心溫和的男士，跟其賽車手的形象大相逕庭！他曾說：「我入錯了行。我不希望擊敗任何人，我不希望成為大英雄，我基本上是個和平愛好者。」在他退役後，開始大量收藏古董汽車，再續與汽車的前緣。
The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded in 1993 and hosted in Goodwood House, a country house and estate in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom. Originally it was just a car gathering with a small selection of entrants made up of invited historic vehicles, however the first event proved to be a success, taking in a crowd of 25,000. Since then, it has become an annual event with an increase in visitors. The Festival is scheduled to avoid clashing with the Formula One season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so the organizer can easily invite famous racing drivers to participate. The most iconic activity is the Hillclimb that snaked to the top of Goodwood Park. Visitors are accorded close access to that part of the track which can feel the speed or even see the drivers’ facial expression.
From classic cars, beautiful and rare supercars to futuristic concept cars, all of them are exhibited in the Goodwood Festival of Speed every year. The Festival has also become a showcase for luxury car brands’ new models. Moreover, major car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche and Land Rover like to hold anniversary events here.
Apart from the auto show, there are special auctions of motor cars and automobilia for every petrol head. You can find some unexpected and affordable items, such as an advertising poster in 1916, medals in 1920s, a signed photograph of a racing driver, a racing oil painting in 1929, a set of badges of the world’s great motor cars, trophies with different designs, a pair of signed racing overalls, bronze mascots of flying stork, angel of victory, snake girl, rabbit and so on, Art Deco glass mascots, and even steering wheels and wheels.
Last year there was a notable auction item, ”Two Thoroughbreds” by Stanley Wanlass in 1987 which is a signed polychrome bronze sculpture depicting an American automobile racer Phil Hill (1927-2008) in his Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, on his way to victory at the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans, mounted on a dark marble display base with a rectangular wooden base board. It was sold at GBP 11,250 (HKD 112,295). Phil Hill was the only-American-born driver to win the Formula One and he also won other races. He was described as a “thoughtful, gentle man” and once said, “I’m in the wrong business. I don’t want to beat anybody, I don’t want to be the big hero. I’m a peace-loving man, basically.” Following his retirement, Hill devoted his time to his vintage car collection.
Not everyone can be a professional racing driver, but you can definitely follow Phil Hill to be a collector of motor cars and automobilia!