Lord Charles March – he of the Goodwood Festival of Speed – takes the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish up the Goodwood hillclimb.
Just like every other petrolhead on the planet, we’re big fans of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where one of the highlights is a seemingly endless parade of cars flying up the hillclimb for the enjoyment of the assembled masses.
The Hillclimb is a 1.16 mile road course, starting at the bottom corner of the Goodwood Estate where you take off on a tree-lined avenue before sweeping right and up past the main house before you enter a steep and narrow estate road, past unforgiving flint walls and woodland, before ending up by Goodwood’s racecourse at the top of the South Downs.
It’s a thrilling run in almost any car (yes, we’ve been privileged to do it more than once) and now, with the ‘Moving Motor Show’ part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, many more are getting the chance to try the hillclimb in car makers’ latest offerings – admittedly not usually at full tilt.
So this video of Lord March driving the new Aston Martin Vanquish up the Hillcimb, complete with very useful commentary on the pitfalls and obstacles to aware of, is a must-watch for anyone planning to have a bash up the Hillcimb in July.
The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed is on from 12-14 July, with the Moving Motor Show on the Thursday before (11th July).