It may not be an American event, but like Le Mans, Monaco and more… the Goodwood Festival of Speed is most certainly a bucket list event. It’s also a happening unto itself – part vintage, part future tech, part hillclimb competition and more. If you missed it, well… we’ve got a photo gallery and some videos below that’ll help give you a quick recap and ample reasons why you should consider making the transatlantic jump next year in order to attend.
Now in its 25th year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a staple on the Audi Tradition calendar. Audi’s official presence was focused on its heritage-oriented arm, who took a 1936 Auto Union Type C hillclimb car and a 1939 Wanderer Streamline Special. The former ran the hill, with Hans Joachim Stuck at the wheel. A legendary Audi factory driver in his own right, Stuck is also the son of the other Hans Stuck who piloted cars like this Auto Union Silver Arrow to hillclimbing and grand prix victories for Auto Union in their own day.
Representing Audi’s modern era is the current Audi RS 5 DTM. Alas, it’s not a hillclimb contender as may have been Audi’s own LMP1 Le Mans racers of previous years, but it’s hard to deny the great-looking appeal of the latest RS 5 DTM.
Other Audi models were also run at Goodwood this past weekend. We count an Audi Sport quattro S1 rally car and a South African Rothman’s Audi S4 GTO amongst the mix. While most know the legend of the S1, the S4 GTO may be more obscure. In the years after the Audi 90 GTO was outlawed from IMSA back in 1989, those cars found their way to South Africa where they continued to be run into the C4 S4 era… 1992.
Audi wasn’t the only Volkswagen Group or even Audi Brand Group marque active in Goodwood last weekend. Its own Lamborghini and ItalDesign divisions were very much present, as were Volkswagen Group stablemates Bentley and Volkswagen. Highlights included a first place hillclimb run by former Audi Sport driver Romain Dumas in his Volkswagen I.D. R racer that recently took Pike’s Peak, resetting the record there and with electric power.
See Romain Dumas’ record run below. Also check out a full gallery we’ve been able to amass from the event below that.