GRR

Video: Al Unser Jr. in the Johnny Lightning Special

24th August 2020
Laura Thomson

You may well be accustomed to hillclimb runs by now, but this one is particularly special. This is the Johnny Lightning Special Indy 500 winner.

The striking purple single-seater was driven to victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Al Unser Sr. in the 1970 IndyCar season. Taking the win in 10 of the 18 races he started – including his first Indy 500 victory – Unser Sr. collected a huge 5,130 points, of which the Johnny Lightning Special contributed 2,930.

Arguably, it’s one of the most legendary USAC Championship cars there is, and we were honoured to host it on the Hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, in the capable hands of none other than Unsur’s son, namesake and fellow Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr.

Watch as it takes a purring run up the Sussex tarmac, barely leaving first gear on the 1.16-mile strip. And remember, while there has been no Festival of Speed in 2020 there will be the one-off, and quite spectacular, SpeedWeek in October. If you’re keen to find out more, read our handy guide.

  • Al Unser Sr

  • Indy 500

  • Indy 500 1970

  • 1970

  • IndyCar

  • Video

  • FOS

  • FOS 2011

  • 2011

  • SpeedWeek

al-unser-sr-johnny-lightning-special-indy-500-1970-video-goodwood-25082020.jpg

Goodwood SpeedWeek

Video: Al Unser Jr. in the Johnny Lightning Special

24th August 2020

indy-500-2021-helio-castroneves-winner-barry-cantrell-main-mi-goodwood-01062021.jpg

Modern

Four talking points from the 2021 Indy 500

31st May 2021

danny-sullivan-indy-500-1986-spin-and-win-video-goodwood-25082020.jpg

Goodwood SpeedWeek

Video: The ‘Spin and Win’ Indy 500 conqueror

24th August 2020

bobby-unser-indycar-1974-california-500-william-murenbeeld-mi-main-goodwood-04052021.jpg

Formula 1

IndyCar hero Bobby Unser dies aged 87

03rd May 2021

miller-ford-v8-indycar-1935-video-goodwood-25082020.jpg

Goodwood SpeedWeek

Video: The bonkers Miller-Ford V8 IndyCar did 130mph in 1935

24th August 2020

100-years-of-indycar-fos-video-goodwood-10062020.jpg

Festival of Speed

Video: 100 years of the Indy 500 celebrated in style at Goodwood

09th June 2020

lotus-38-jim-clark-dario-franchitti-indy-500-1965-goodwood-20082020.jpg

Goodwood SpeedWeek

Video: Glorious raw V8 sounds of the Lotus 38

18th August 2020

fos-2011-indy-500-celebration-emerson-fittipaldi-thin-sidebar.jpg

Festival of Speed

Full 2011 FOS stream timetable

03rd June 2020