Early F1 cars at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Mercedes dominated the mid-fifites in the world championship much as they are doing today with their W196 in open-wheel and streamliner form. Examples of each are in action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Other early championship-winning cars running at the Festival include two Ferraris: a replica of the 156 which Phil Hill took to the 1961 title and John Surtees’ 1964 championship-winning 158.

Some less successful F1 machines are also present: BRM’s 16-cylinder P15 sounded spectacular but was outclassed on the track.

Unusual and obscure F1 cars often reappear at Goodwood and the Derrington-Francis cars based on an ATS chassis is an example: it only raced once.

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13 comments on “Early F1 cars at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed”

  1. This is a quiz, right? Which car ia actually a BRM P261?

    1. Sorry something went wrong with the labelling there. Sorted now.

  2. I bet my life savings they all sound more interesting then the 2014 cars.

    1. +1

      I agree, i don’t mind the sound of the new cars but they just aren’t loud enough. 1980’s F1 fascinates me!

  3. OK, I got it. It’s none of the red ones or the one w/ the Silver Star on front.

  4. Is that Emanuele Pirro in the Ferrari (or just his helmet)?
    Were any other notable drivers in action today?

    1. Could/should be, I doubt someone would have his helmet, and usually private drivers have fantasy helmets and/or sponsors, whereas Pirro actually drove for Audi (which is on the chin part).
      Also, the same can be said about the other pictures of the car, where the driver (or helmet) seems to be Arturo Merzario. Obviously Little Art actually drove for the Italian team in the Seventies, so it could well be him.

  5. Some awesome cars there, wish I was at Goodwood this weekend!

    Nice to see the V16 BRM in action again, really wonder what it sounds like. And great to see Jochen Mass back behind the wheel :)

    1. Me too, I have Goodwood FOS far above any F1 race in my bucket-list.

  6. Is that driver taking a selfie while driving a Ferrari 156?

    1. Hands on the wheel, please!

  7. There are no 156 in existence so where did that thing come from? I wish Jackie had joined Moss and drove the car that took him to his first victory, that BRM P261 is possibly my favourite 60’s car, close second is the Ferrari’s especially the 1.5 Ferrari’s as is with today I prefer the shorter wheelbase cars.

    1. I don’t know if it’s the one at Goodwood but Chris Rea built a replica of the Sharknose – I saw it at a Ferrari club event a few years ago and I was told (but don’t know how true it is) that he managed to get some of the original drawings to use when he was building it. I wouldn’t be too surprised if other people have copied his copy though as it’s an awesome looking car and very popular with anyone that likes racing and/or Ferrari.

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