|Honda Takes Pride of Place at Goodwood 2005|
|The Goodwood Festival of Speed took place June 24 - 26 under mostly clear, sunny skies. Dating from 1993, when Sir Charles March first opened up his large property to motor sports fans, this is the greatest historic motor sports event in the world.
As main sponsor of the event, Honda took pride of place on the lawn in front of Goodwood House with a spectacular moving sculpture. The massive structure, the largest ever assembled in the 12-year history of the festival, featured six Formula One cars suspended above the crowds of motor sports fans. Laid out below were no fewer than 20 motorcycles representing Honda’s bike-racing heritage.
Spectacular weekend of motor racing history in action
Honda racing machines thrill the crowds
A major draw at the Festival of Speed is the annual hill climb, in which cars and bikes are timed individually over a course laid out in the Goodwood House grounds. This year, current Honda Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Takuma Sato joined many past heroes of the motor sports world on the track.
The Goodwood Hill Climb
The hill climb is a 1.8-km timed course featuring a tree-lined avenue, a grandstand area close to Goodwood House itself and a steep climb up a narrow estate road past flint walls and dense woodland. The finish is close to the equine racecourse on the spectacular ridge of the South Downs. Cars and bikes race individually to the top in themed groups of similar vehicles ranging from Pioneer Racing Cars (pre-1914 models) to the latest competition machines. Drivers may elect to be timed over the course, in which case they compete for prizes against similar cars in the same category.