VIDEO: Festival of Speed highlights from day one

FESTIVAL of Speed theme Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge came to life on the first day at Goodwood.

Saturday, 27th June 2015, 1:06 am
Ken Block awaits the Goodwood Hillclimb in the Hoonicorn

There were headline appearances from Formula 1‘Ice Man’ Kimi Raikkonen and Gymkhana King Ken Block, plus a world record from Nissan.

For one day only, twice F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, attending with Shell, took his 2010 Ferrari grand prix car, the F10, up the iconic Hillclimb in front of a sell-out crowd.

Meanwhile, Ford rally driver Ken Block unleashed the incredible ‘Hoonicorn’, a 1965 Mustang with 854bhp, on Goodwood’s asphalt in a spectacular Gymkhana display.

Ken Block awaits the Goodwood Hillclimb in the Hoonicorn

Block, an RS development consultant for Ford, also took to the hill in a world premiere, driving the eagerly-anticipated new Focus RS in public for the first time.

Nissan set a world record as stunt hero Terry Grant took to the Hillclimb in a Nissan Juke NISMO RS, on two wheels.

Grant set the world record for driving a car up the Hillclimb on two wheels back in 2011, and broke his own record by an impressive 35 seconds with a new fastest time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

The surprises continued with the global reveal of a brand-new sportscar from Aston Martin, the Vulcan was unveiled on the Michelin stage in the Supercar Paddock.

Ken Block donuts at Festival of Speed

Goodwood spectators were the first in the world to see the 800bhp-plus track-only supercar, of which there will be only 24 examples built.

Taking a step back in time, a fleet of Mercedes-Benz 300 SLRs paraded up the Hillclimb course led by Sir Stirling Moss in the famous ‘722’, the same car in which he won the Mille Miglia 60 years ago.

Following in the cavalcade of SLRs were Susie Wolff and Le Mans winners Hans Herrmann and Klaus Ludwig.


Kimi Raikkonen drove Ferrari F10 at Festival of Speed today

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