Why We Can&#039t Have An Event Like Goodwood In The U.S.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed (GFoS) is an remarkable occasion (in case you missed it, you can check out our preview here, and watch a replay of Sunday’s reside coverage on YouTube here. Click “Photos” to see all the photos.) This annual orgy of hot-blooded machinery spans the entirety of the 4-wheeled spectrum, bringing with each other like-minded adrenaline junkies to revel in the wonders of stuff that’s quickly. No matter exactly where your gearhead allegiance may lie, it’s undoubtedly worth a spot on your bucket list. The problem is, those of us living across the pond will never ever, ever see anything like it here in the states.

This year, the fastest time up the hill was when again set by Olly Clark and the “Gobstopper II,” a 780-horsepower time-attack-tuned Subaru Impreza WRX STI built especially for domination at events like Goodwood. Clark posted a time of 46.29, crossing the finish line at over 140 mph.

In a close second was former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack and the McLaren P1 LM, posting a time of 47.07. Yes, a Subaru beat a McLaren!

For far more details on the best 10 FoS hill climb results, click here.

There was also plenty of star-spangled influence on hand, like Mike Skinner in his NASCAR Toyota Tundra, and Ken Block in his Gymkhana 8 Ford Fiesta.

But beyond quintessentially ‘Merican pastimes like race trucks and burnouts, the GFoS will not see a parallel in the U.S. More than that – it can’t. But do not be concerned – we can still have our personal FoS, it just may well look a little… various.

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