Team McLaren Fan Blog: Goodwood
I might be one of the youngest McLaren fan bloggers this year, as I am only 14 years old, but I am absolutely delighted to tell you about the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 from a McLaren fans point of view! My name is Harvey Pizey, although some people may know me on Twitter as @McLarenFanatics.
The tickets to Goodwood were a Christmas present from my parents, and I was really looking forward to it, and I was even more excited when I found out that I was going to be the official McLaren blogger! I live in Scotland so we had a long drive down south for the Festival. Me and my dad were camping at the Festival for two nights with some friends, and we had tickets for the Saturday and Sunday.
As we drove down to Goodwood on Friday evening we saw many exotic cars as people drove home from the festival that day, including 3 McLarens: a 650S, a 12C and even a P1. I was in total car heaven – and we hadn’t even got there yet! We arrived at the campsite and saw many more nice cars in the campsite itself. I went to sleep that night full of anticipation of tomorrow.
We got to the festival really early because we were camping, and immediately heading through the Cathedral paddock, where many amazing historic racing cars are kept. You have to go there to understand the name ‘Cathedral’ – it is where you go to worship the cars.
Then we went to the supercar paddock, and my first chance to see a McLaren supercar up close. I saw the stunning McLaren P1 and the amazing 650S. You really have to see the P1 to appreciate it: it is extraordinary.
We walked in front of Goodwood house, past the central feature (which went over the house for the first time) and to the McLaren House. I saw the McLaren flag flying and ran over to see an amazing collection of cars. Bruce McLaren’s ‘Thursday’ car was there, looking fantastic – such an amazing piece of engineering. Also there was McLaren’s brand new 650S GT3, the racing version of the 650S, that was revealed on the Friday morning. Next to the GT3 was the P1 that Jeremy Clarkson drove on Top Gear at Spa, Belgium. There were also two 650S’s, the spider and the coupe.
McLaren were letting people sit in the spider for a £2 donation to charity and I immediately leapt at the opportunity to sit in such a fantastic car! It was great to sit in it – it is so much better than seeing pictures! Also on display was the engine from the 650S, cut in half so you could see how it works.
After this we walked up to the F1 paddock and straight to the McLaren garage. On display was the MP4-26 (painted in this year’s livery), Emerson Fittipaldi’s title winning M23, Niki Lauda’s 1984 title winning car and Alain Prost’s title winning car. In the garage was Emerson Fittipaldi! I am a team member, and team members were allowed to go inside the garage and get up close to these amazing cars. It was fantastic, being so close to these legends.
Also in the F1 paddock was Ayrton Senna’s 1988 title winning car, the MP4/4, and a McLaren Can-Am car from 1971.
The Cartier Style et Luxe, beside Goodwood House, is a car show for the best cars on earth, and it seemed only fitting that a McLaren M8D Can-Am car was there. I think orange is defiantly the best colour for cars!
At this point we headed out to the hill climb to watch the supercar run. Jenson Button was driving the 650S up the hill, followed by the P1. Sadly they were just doing demo runs, but it was still quite a spectacle.
Then however, it was the turn of the Le Mans legends, with two McLaren F1 GTR’s racing up the hill, making quite a sound! Then we came to the Americana Class, where cars such as the McLaren M8D were driving up the hill. The sound was amazing!
We hadn’t heard anything yet though, as the F1 cars were next. There is nothing quite like it, an F1 car doing donuts! My ears still haven’t recovered fully! Jenson was driving the MP4-26, and Stoffel Vandoorne was driving the MP4/2. Later in the weekend Oliver Turvey was doing burnouts in the MP4-26 – quite a sound! Emerson was driving his title winning car, which was fantastic to see, especially as it is 40 years since he won it in 1974.
We also headed up to the forest rally stage, and while no McLaren’s were there, it is still a fantastic thing to see and hear.
Finally on Sunday late afternoon we watched the timed shootout – and a McLaren F1 GTR claimed 3rd place.
McLaren were out in force at Goodwood this year, with many stunning cars and drivers. There is nothing like Goodwood in the world, where so many cars from so many motorsports and drivers from around the earth converge in their love of one thing – speed.
Top Ten List for visitors to the festival
- Spend as much time as possible by the track – that is where the action really happens.
- Watch the cars drive out the paddock, only inches from your toes, it is an experience that you’ll never forget.
- Go up to the forest rally stage and see some sideways action!
- You must go to the Cathedral Paddock, and see (and hear) such stunning cars.
- The GAS show – here you can see the world’s best riders do tricks and stunts on huge jumps and obstacles.
- Go to the spectator banking just after Molecomb corner, it is where cars usually crash and you can see some sideways action!
- Stay for the timed shootout on the Sunday – it is really exciting
- Don’t spend as much time on the manufacture’s stands – the track is where the action happens.
- Camp at the campsite – you can get there really early and leave really late, so you miss all the crowds and queues.
- Go for two days at least – you can’t see everything on one day!