Seven years on, and the spectacle continues to amaze. Whether it was the dramatic sight of visual masterpieces like the immaculate Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake, the aural assault that emanated from Audi’s display of Auto Unions or simply the paddock-wide aroma of Castrol R, Goodwood’s annual homage to the world of motorsport matched all expectations.
For once the weather was worthy of the weekend and crowds again flocked in record numbers to watch a `Millenium of Horsepower’. Roman chariots provided a taste of the earliest action, but the true gladatorial contest was between modern F1 and World Rally cars. Laurel wreaths were eventually awarded to McLaren’s test driver Nick Heidfeld in last year’s MP4/13 after a record-breaking run of 41.6sec.