Goodwood Festival of Speed gets off to flying start

Formula One star Mark Webber at the Festival of Speed on Friday.
Formula One star Mark Webber at the Festival of Speed on Friday.
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It was an action packed first day at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The sun shone over the large crowds at the first day of the three-day event on the Goodwood Estate, which this year has a theme of ‘Racing Revolutions’.

One of the biggest celebrations is that of the American Indianapolis 500 race, which is 100 years old this year.

A host of cars from the race’s history, including the first winner, and latest models, were on display in ‘Gasoline Alley’.

This afternoon the Indy cars took to the track, after guitarist Jeff Coleman played the Star Spangled Banner from the roof of the Goodwood House.

Crowds also gathered on the lawn outside Goodwood House to marvel at this year’s sculpture, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Jaguar E-type.

The Red Arrows display team bought the crowds to a standstill with an enthralling display of acrobatic manoeuvres.

Formula One racing driver Mark Webber was spotted on numerous occasions as he whizzed about the estate chaperoned by security guards.

Television presenter Vernon Kay was also at the event talking about his love of speed, but admitting to being more interested in shoot’em up video games rather than racing games.

He was being interviewed along with Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nick in the stable area, who began his racing career earlier this year.

Autograph hunters also spotted rap star Dizzie Rascal.

The action continues tomorrow, and on Sunday.