速度盛典
The Goodwood Festival of Speed

一年一度的英國古德伍德速度節是全世界最富盛名的汽車節,匯集各個年代、各種類型的經典車款與賽車,既有刺激的爬山賽,也有汽車與其周邊產品的拍賣會,參加者必能大飽眼福,甚至滿載而歸!這輩子沒朝聖過,又怎可認證為狂熱車迷?
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

古德伍德莊園位於英國薩塞克斯, 1993年,莊園主人找來眾多英國車界大牌經典汽車展出和試跑,並把活動名為古德伍德速度節。本來這只是一個朋友間的小型「車聚」,但是瞬間聲名大噪,更想不到竟有超過2萬5千人進場參觀,自此成為一年一度的常態活動,參觀人數也逐年上升。古德伍德速度節的舉辦時間介於兩個F1分站賽事之間,也避開法國勒芒24小時耐力賽,因此主辦單位可更容易邀請各大賽事的退役與現任冠軍車手參加。其中爬山賽是一大重點,在古德伍德莊園旁的山丘進行。參觀者可自由靠近賽道,近距離感受賽車的速度,甚至看到駕駛者的表情。

靜態活動方面,從經典的復古老車、帥氣的稀世超跑,到代表未來的各式概念車每年都在此集結。這裡更成為高級汽車品牌的展示舞臺,紛紛在此設立展示中心並且發表全新車款,各大車廠如法拉利、保時捷、路虎等也很喜歡在這裡舉辦周年慶活動。除了展示各式汽車,古德伍德速度節也有汽車與跟汽車相關的周邊產品的拍賣會。這裡最特別的是,你可發掘一些意想不到的汽車周邊拍賣品,相信在一般拍賣會都很難看到這樣的主題拍賣,例如1916年的賽車宣傳海報、1920年代的賽車獎牌、有賽車手簽名的舊賽車照片、1929年的賽車油畫、一系列世界著名汽車品牌的徽章、賽車手的各款獎盃、簽名賽車服、二十世紀初期放在車前不同造型,如飛鸛、勝利女神、蛇與女孩、兔子等的銅製吉祥物、裝飾藝術風格的玻璃吉祥物,就連方向盤、車輪都有,而且價錢相宜,忠實的賽車迷必然雙眼發亮。

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。

不是每個人都能成為職業賽車手,但大家可以跟隨菲爾.希爾的步伐,做一個汽車或者汽車相關產品的收藏家!

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!