Day 3 at Goodwood and this is where things get busy! The lineup grows and so do the crowds.
Kicking off with the group B MONSTERS from the 1980s, the legends of rally and the thunderous V8 NASCAR.
It didn't take long for the drama to start either, with one of the classic Lancia cars nearly losing a wheel and having to bail…into the bales! Luckily no one was hurt but the poor Delta looked a little battered. Soon after I took to the top of the hill to see the batch of Ferraris arrive. Honestly, the amount of money within that batch alone was enough to make a grown man’s eyes go misty.
Soon after, the Formula 1 cars arrived. However, they were led in this batch by a truly special moment. Alongside the F1 cars there were the two wheeled heroes from all decades. Led at the front by Wayne Rainey. The American rode in the premier class of Motorbike racing in the 1980s and 1990s, however in 1993 he suffered a career ending accident which left him paralysed from the chest down. He managed to pilot his old Yamaha YZR500 up the hill and was accompanied by his former nemesis and compariot Kevin Schwantz. Seeing him ride his bike for the first time in 30 years and power it up the hill alongside Schwantz was truly enough to make you emotional. He even popped a few wheelies! You can’t take the biker out of him.
Whilst all the action unfolded on the hill, it was also in the forest you could find just as much action. Wander a little beyond the tree line and you are faced with the noise and spitting of modern and classic rally cars. You’re also faced with a shower of gravel and dirt as well, trust me it went all into my coffee! But seeing Colin McRae’s Ford Focus WRC in action was maybe worth the gravel filled coffee
Once again, a truly wonderful day at Goodwood. Tomorrow promised to be even bigger, with the timed hillclimb event as a special appearance from Mr George Russell in the 2019 Mercedes F1 car. Stay tuned!
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