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Celebrations were in order at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with 70 years of Porsche and 25 years of the festival and world records broken.


Celebrations were in order at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with 70 years of Porsche and 25 years of the festival and world records broken.


Among the triumphs was the victory in the Top Ten Shootout with Romain Dumas making history as first electric-powered Shoot Out winner.


The Frenchman mustered the third fastest ascent of the hill in the festival’s 25-year history.


The former Le Mans winner managed a scarcely-believable time of 43.86sec aboard the four-wheel drive Volkswagen I.D R Pikes Peak hillclimber, marking the first time an electric car has claimed the prize.Visitors were also able to witness the first ever jetpack flight on the festival’s famous hillclimb.


The world’s most advanced JetPack, the JB11, successfully completed its first ever European flight debut flown by expert pilot, David Mayman.


The central feature at the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated Porsche, who took centre stage with cars through the years parked up and daytime fireworks and banners revealed on Goodwood House to mark the 70th  anniversary of the supercar manufacturer.


The spectacular centrepiece was created by British artist and designer Gerry Judah, who has been masterminding the central features at the Festival of Speed for 21 years. The sculpture stood impressively in front of Goodwood House and at 52m high, towered above the entire event.


One single, narrow spine, starting at only 12cm wide on the ground, shoots vertically, to explode into seven pointed spindles, on which six iconic Porsches sit dramatically at each end, with the seventh spindle pointing sharply into the sky. The design and creation of the central feature is a complex process and construction and erection was by Littlehampton Welding.Three fires broke out over Friday and Saturday, including a suspected oil leak from a Lexus which was extinguished after black smoke filled the air.


The four-day event pulled in crowds from across the country to see drivers battle it out on the track, including Formula One Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, former Formula One drivers, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Sir Jackie Stewart.


Other famous faces included stuntman and world record holder Terry Grant, who wowed crowds by performing a spectacular stunt and record-breaker involving driving around the track and the hill climb on just two wheels.


The Festival of Speed Future Lab was back with even more visions of future technology after its debut success last year. This year, the theme focused on space exploration, autonomous transport, robotics and personal flight, with Siemens, Samsung, Randox, Roborace and DHL hosting activations along with a host of other exciting exhibitions.


Roborace’s Robocar became the first ever driver-less race car to complete the hillclimb over the weekend.


The run is the first in the history of Goodwood to be completed by a race car that has no human driver in the car.Jamie Holder, from Newcastle, travelled with his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Steven, aged seven, and Lucy, aged five.


He said: “We always come here but missed last year sadly due to a family wedding. It’s such a great day out for the whole family, not just car enthusiasts, as there is stuff for everyone.”


Sarah added: “I really enjoyed the Future Lab bit, they scanned my face and did a 3D model of it which was really strange to see, but it’s very interesting.”


A second world record was broken when the Vodafone XBlades Drone – the ‘Wingcopter XBR’ – set a new drone speed world record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.


The Wingcopter XBR, piloted by world champion drone racing pilot, Luke Bannister, achieved a top speed average of 240.06 kilometres per hour. A 1977 911S Porsche with its distinctive 70s colour scheme sold to someone at Bonhams on Friday for £125,000, against an estimate of £20-£30,000.


The car was introduced to a packed Bonhams marquee by the actress, Sofia Helin, who plays Detective Saga Norén in popular Scandi-noir TV drama, The Bridge, in which the Porsche has featured for several years. All the money is going to the Water Aid charity.


Petrol heads only have a two month wait for the next motoring Goodwood event.


The Revival weekend will take place September 7-9 and is sure to thrill  anyone with a passion for classic cars.

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