Goodwood Festival of Speed: Buy Your Own

For those lucky few who feel inspired to buy their own piece of motoring history at Goodwood, Bonhams has laid on an auction of historic classics.

But what does that have to do with us mere mortals? Well, a trip around the viewing hall proved to be a superb motor show in its own right.

Where else could you see a Messerschmitt bubble car next to a Lotus Cortina, or a Mini Moke next to a Facel Vega?

It is like visiting a top-quality motor museum, except here virtually every car is worth a good look – there are no space fillers at all. Whatever your post-war period, there are top quality classics to admire.

Take Jaguar for example: XK 120, E-Type, XJ Coupe, they are all here. Prefer Italian exotica? There are Lamborghinis from the 400 GT (pretty well the origin of the species) through to the Diablo. Obscure British cars are also well represented, from the aforementioned Mini Moke to the 1970s Lotus Elite wedge.

Of course, you expect obscure cars at an event like this. The oddest car for sale is one that is still (just) on sale – a Citroen C6. Not just any C6, but the car customised by Citroen GB in the style of a 1930s French classic tourer. It has more brown-and-beige leather than a Rolls Royce and tyres so thin, even the hydropneumatic suspension will have a hard time providing a decent ride.

This is the wonder of Goodwood – around every corner is something interesting. Stunt motorcyclists, track cars, historic classics, the Red Arrows display team, pretty well anything of interest with wheels is here.

For those slightly concerned that Goodwood is a celebration of burning fuel, it also has Britain's leading exhibition of green cars – the FoSTech pavilion which showcases environmentally friendly cars due to go on sale in the coming years.

Excellent – the more environmentally friendly cars are sold, the more petrol is left for Goodwood.
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