Best of the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed
With so many Hondas, and so little time, it’s easy to miss out at Goodwood, so here’s a handy cheat sheet to 11 things you might have missed at this year’s Festival of Speed!
The Type R celebrated its 25th birthday in style…
A fleet of seven Type Rs tackled the hillclimb to celebrate a quarter-century of Honda’s high-performance badge. Among them: the original 1992 NSX-R, the 1997 Civic Type R and the brand new 2017 Civic Type R – 'the best hot hatch of the year.'
… and so did the Fireblade!
But there was yet another (very special) birthday at Goodwood: the 25th anniversary of the Honda Fireblade. Celebrations stretched as far as the main paddock, where Urban Tigers new and old staked their claim for the sexiest paint job at the Goodwood estate. Plus, punters could even park their bums on the seats!
The Honda Challenge Lab drew quite a crowd
Honda’s Challenge Lab was the must-see stand at this year’s Goodwood, offering Type Rs, NSXs, Civics, Miimos and even a rock climbing wall! A big favourite at this year’s festival was the ‘man vs. machine’ challenge booth, which pitted festivalgoers’ reaction times against the new Civic.
Things got a little… messy at the Honda Off-Road Experience
Riders got down n’ dirty at Honda’s Off-Road Experience with MX legends Dave Thorpe, Graeme Irwin and Martin Barr. Experienced riders could test their mettle on the Africa Twin, while first-timers could kick up some dirt on a CRF250 or Pioneer UTV.
The new Type R and Clarity stole the show
The First Glimpse paddock was the place to be for cutting-edge tech. Our two favourites: the record-breaking 2017 Civic Type R and the FCV Clarity – the most advanced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in the world.
‘The Five Ages of Ecclestone’ turned a fair few heads
This year’s Festival of Speed also paid homage to the life and times of F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone with a colossal sculpture titled ‘The Five Ages of Ecclestone’. The five-car installation was a popular point of discussion among festivalgoers, including one professional sculptor, Gerry Judah, who dubbed it “a firecracker”.
Goodwood honoured the legendary John Surtees
Fans and racers alike paid tribute to the late, great Honda hero John Surtees – the only man to win a world championship on two and four wheels. Even his old flame was in attendance: the RA300 F1 car. Click here to read special testimonials from Jenson Button, Sir Stirling Moss and more.
BTCC’s Gordon Shedden raced Surtees’ 50-year-old RA300
Honda’s three-time British Touring Car Champion Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden squeezed into Surtees’ loud and proud RA300 for an unforgettable lap of the hillclimb.
Racing legend Stuart Graham rode the RC116
Isle of Man TT and Grand Prix winner Stuart Graham raced the 1966 Honda RC116 in – get this – his original, 50-year-old racing leathers! During a weekend when super-powered engines are ten-a-penny, the 49.8cc ‘little screamer’ was a sight for sore eyes (and a sound for sore ears).
The Dunlop collection showcased some priceless Honda motorcycles
The Dunlop collection at this year’s Goodwood celebrated the wild rides of Joey and Robert Dunlop, from the baby-blue Honda CBR600 to the TT hat-trick-winning VTR SP1.
The Red Arrows took to the sky
Goodwood isn’t all road ‘n’ rally, though – just ask the thousands of festivalgoers who stopped to admire the Red Arrows’ air displays. There were plenty of “ooohs” and “ahhhs” – not to mention a couple of "OMGs" when the planes screamed by and nobody saw it coming.