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Buckle yourself in for a weekend filled with Goodwood Festival, streaming live here

26 June, 2015

The running of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, on until June 28, looks to be one of the most diverse yet. Every cornerstone of international motoring and motorsport is covered, to the point where selecting a panel of highlights is rendered an impossible task for even the most opinionated car fan. Check out the provisional entry list below, and you’ll understand what we mean.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Entry List 2015 Provisional by Máté Petrány

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW, Formula 1, Nascar, drifting, IndyCar, Honda, Ducati, and many more are there in incredible numbers. There is something for absolutely everyone.

New Zealand influence can also be seen throughout the line-up, with the Porsche 919 Hybrid that Earl Bamber recently helped race to victory at Le Mans, Greg Murphy’s 2009 Sprint Gas Racing Holden VE Commodore V8 Supercar, ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett’s Mazda RX-7, and McLarens galore also in attendance.

To view all of these incredible machines on the track, check out the live feed below.

Leading image: Goodwood Festival of Speed

Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.

Class struggle

For a British car, it is huge; for those sitting inside, the bonnet seems to extend past the horizon. The front seats are very comfortable rather than body hugging. The dashboard and centre console cluster are beautifully laid out, reminiscent of a fighter plane cockpit, with acres of red leather all around. Its V8 burble is on show. It is not a car to sneak about in, and it gets attention wherever it goes.
The large back window, possibly the best-known feature of the Interceptor and one that sets it apart, has very good functionality, allowing greater access to the boot. It would not be an easy job to replace it, so Interceptor owners are careful about reversing and not hitting anything.