Watch: all the carnage from Goodwood FOS 2017

2 July, 2017

Goodwood Festival of Speed is known for drawing perhaps the world’s greatest collection of historic performance and race cars — located on Lord March’s massive estate in West Sussex, England — and seeing them thrashed within an inch of their life, as they should be. But, the 1.87km long course proves to be no Sunday drive down your local, with the odd driver getting caught out amongst the hay.

In previous years such incidents have claimed the likes of Rod Millen’s Pikes Peak-winning Tacoma, the class-winning 24 Hours of Le Mans Mazda 767B, and even Ayrton Senna’s Lotus 98T.

This year was no different, and although it hurts us to watch, you just can’t look away:

Just praise the fact that they’re hitting hay bales and not concrete barriers, I suppose …

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.