Cast your mind back 22 years to the second Goodwood Festival of Speed. As has become the norm at our motorsport garden party extravaganza, the 1994 event featured some special racing machines, many of them unique and otherwise kept hidden away in museums or private collections.
DEC 09th 2016
Video: Six‑Wheeled Williams wows FOS crowd
In this short clip we see former British Formula 3 and European F2 Champion Jonathan Palmer, who went on to contest 88 Grands Prix during the 1980s, giving the one-off Williams FW08 six-wheeler full beans on the hillclimb.
Built by the team during the ground-effect era in a bid to maximise downforce, the narrow-tyred Williams offered superb traction with its four drive wheels and was a hoot to drive, as Palmer, who made his F1 debut in a conventional FW08 at Brands Hatch in 1983, explains.
As well as that sonorous three-litre Cosworth DFV V8 bark offering a nostalgic reminder of a great period of Formula 1, Palmer’s efforts show how much the Festival of Speed has grown over the past two decades.