WE’VE COUNTED DOWN our top 10 favourite road and racing cars from the incredible 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
With hundreds of cars attending, all of them rare, exciting, loud, beautiful and filled with pedigree, choosing 10 favourites is incredibly hard. However, we’ve had a few days to think about it and have come up with a list. That is, until we change our minds again!
10. Peugeot 309 GTI
The 205 GTI’s unloved sibling, the 309 GTI has always lived in the shadows of what the media would have you believe is the more illustrious hot hatch. However, the more practical yet just as exciting 309 would seem the better choice. And that green is glorious!
9. Ferrari 126C
Once piloted by the legendary Gilles Villeneuve in the 1982 Formula One world championship. There is something utterly beautiful about how simple it is; big wheels, smooth bodywork, elegant curves and one big metal wing. Oh yeah, and what a noise! It’s all too easy to forget you’re wearing rose tinted glasses, but it really was a golden age.
8. Ferrari P4/5
In 2006, at a cost of $4million, James Glickenhaus took his Ferrari Enzo to Italian styling house Pininfarina and asked them to redesign it in the style of the 1967 330 P3/4 racing car. It wasn’t just the outside that was overhauled, but the interior was redesigned with better air conditioning, improved visibility and body-moulded seats. And it looks epic.
7. Jaguar MK2 Ian Callum redesign
Another redesign special. Ian Callum is Jaguar’s design chief and decided to fulfil a childhood ambition and create his perfect Jaguar Mark 2. Inspired by Escort and Mini racers, off came the chrome bumpers and on went brake cooling ducts. It’s been given a 21st century revamp inside and out too so it has the go to match the looks.
6. McLaren F1 GT Longtail
The road-going version of McLaren’s Longtail F1 GTR GT racer and Le Mans car. It looses some of the standard car’s compact proportions, obviously, and that means from some angles it looks a little ungainly, but it is a legend amongst cars and all the added aero and makes it look even more purposeful. This is one of only three homologation specials made.
5. Mercedes 300SL
One of the most beautiful cars ever made, surely only rivalled by the Jaguar E-Type and Lamborghini Miura, the 300SL was the fastest production car in the world when launched in 1954 with a top speed of 160mph. Complete with gullwing doors and a comfortable GT interior, it was legendary. And don’t you just wish supercars still came with steelies!
4. Jaguar XJC Broadspeed
As a way of boosting the image of Jaguar, then parent company Leyland decided to take the coupe version of the XJ touring car racing. The XJC was prepared by Broadspeed for the European Touring Car Championship and was powered by Jaguar’s thumping 600bhp V12 engine. Reliability meant results were scarce, but who cares when it’s this cool!
3. Subaru Impreza 22b WRC
Driven by Colin McRae and Nicky Grist in 1998, the 22b was the two-door coupe version of Subaru’s legendary Impreza WRC car. Complete in blue paint, gold alloys and neon green 555 livery this is one of the coolest World Rally Championship cars ever and it still looks just as good today, even if it wasn’t quite as successful as its four-door predecessors.
2. Alpine Renault A110
This car is glorious, there is no other word for it. That shape, those lines and those massive six front lights. Developed by Renault subsidiary Alpine as a rear-engined sports car, it also rallied successfully and grew a strong fanbase. Today, Renault and Alpine are working on a modern day successor which promises great performance and style.
1. Singer 911
It seemed a mad idea at first; taking some classic Porsche 911s, modifying them and selling them at mega-bucks prices. But you only need look at one, let alone drive one, and you’ll be willing to sell any and all possessions to have one. Classic 911 looks, customised luxury interior and modern mechanicals, performance and reliability. Automotive perfection!