Pulling off the Goodwood SpeedWeek presented by Mastercard took an awful lot of effort. To bring together the cars, mechanics and drivers, to make sure everyone was fed and watered, to keep staff and visitors safe, to broadcast the event to the world and so much more was not the work of a moment. But it wasn’t all work and no play.
Gallery: Tiny cars at Goodwood SpeedWeek
Our colleagues at Ferrari, with some time to kill between runs of the F8 Spider, F8 Tributo, 812 GTS and Roma cars in the Michelin Supercar Run, purchased a copy of ‘Cars: A Complete History’, a book packed with 50 press-out models of cars from various manufacturers, some new, most old. They then went around the Supercar paddock to offer up the models to those from other brands, so almost everyone would have a chance to build a paper model car, all in an attempt to being a few extra smiles to the Motor Circuit.
Ferrari put together a model of the 250 GTO and set it down on the Monza SP2. Bentley, meanwhile, built a Blower in the new Flying Spur V8. Aston then created a DB5 in the new DBX, and McLaren an F1 on the roof of the 620R. Representing Ford was Paul Swift, pro-driver in the Ford Mustang Mach 1, constructed a GT40 to sit on the nose of the current GT, and SpeedWeek presented Rory Reid, a Mustang owner, built himself a Borrower sized Mustang. A Citroën 2CV was engineered on the bonnet of a Mehari, too, and Charlie Cooper, grandson of Mini legend John Cooper, made his own scale Mini. The gents from Audi, meanwhile, were lucky enough to get not one but four models, including an Auto Union, a Quattro, an original TT and a V8 R8.
All of the cars then took a scenic trip of the Motor Circuit, with a pit-stop at a campfire and a quick synchronised Driftkhana run.
SpeedWeek needed a few thousand people to pull together to put on the best event possible. The camaraderie between all of the manufacturers at SpeedWeek, and Ferrari’s willingness to keep everyone entertained on a cold Saturday morning in October, was another perfect example of that.
A special thank you to Jason Harris and Ferrari.
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