The 2021 Festival of Speed was a Smorgasbord of motorsport. From the Rally stage at the top of the hill, to the tense entertainment of the hill climb, the racket in the paddock and the bikes, the cars and above all – the people; A chat with Emanuele Pirro (sporting an Italian football shirt under his overalls), quick words with The Duke of Richmond on the lawn, the buzz from the team at Lotus and the friendly crowds. It was an event to remember.

Starting at the start (line), some of our favourite Porsches.

The manufacturers stands were a little more sparse than usual, the BMW ‘electric boulevard’ had a DJ and a Formula E car, but the thing that most took our fancy was the orange 1602 perched about it all.

This is a celebration of racing, but it’s easy to miss the action sometimes. The bikes were so loud that I missed the sound of cars running up the hill. A few snaps of the action below. The Galaxie is a favourite from the Revival, so wide!

Winner of the times shootout was Rob Bell in a McLaren 720S GT3X, 45.01 was the time, damp beneath the trees against the flint wall meant that a few had some sideways moments, you can find the final timesheet online here, Ken Clarke’s Rover SD1 was the one we shouted for.

McLaren put on a good show.

The biggest show of the weekend was Lotus who are, once again, perhaps the most exciting sportscar manufacturer. OK, so I’m a bit biased as I’m an owner, but it was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the Lotus staff and genuine excitement from the crowds at the Evija, the run-out Elise and – above all – the Emira. Pics below, and words to come in Absolute Lotus magazine where there’s more blather about my beloved Elise. Some pics, then:

The Goodwood staff worked hard, were endlessly polite and helpful, and helped to make what could have been something of a sticky weekend a great one. Food on the lawn was a special event (and a first for us).

More pics of our favourite things. The Kimera was a treat, the Wraith, 6R4 and everything Lancia was special.

The last word must go to Lotus. The Emira is the first car I’ve ever considered remortgaging for. They were taking orders galore – great to see! More from Lotus on the Emira online here.

Rich Duisberg

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Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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