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Goodwood Sees Classics Up For Auction

By raccars Published

This year's Festival of Speed at Goodwood is taking place on the 11th-14th July and promises to be as exciting and action packed as ever. The celebrity-packed event is the most important of the summer motoring calendar, celebrating motorsport and the automotive world in general.

The grounds of Goodwood House will be filled with fabulous supercars and motorbikes, rally classics, 19th century steam carriages and monstrously powerful dragsters, along with an array of important figures from the motoring world.

Among the weekend's events will be a moving motor show, featuring the latest new model cars, a celebration of 50 years of the Porsche 911, an air display and a spectacular auction of classic cars, held by Bonhams.

Under the auctioneer's hammer are a number of interesting and desirable vehicles, not least of which is a Ferrari 330GT that holds the distinction of being the first car to be owned by Beatle, John Lennon. Having passed his driving test in the February of 1965, Lennon found himself inundated with dealerships trying to convince him to buy their vehicles and out of those on offer, he paid £6,500 for this stunning Azzuro Blue 330GT 2+2 Coupe. Over the next couple of years Lennon drove more than 20,000 miles in the Ferrari before selling it on in October 1967. Since then, the car's registration plate of DUL 4C and original paint colour were lost, but both have been restored in the last few years and the Ferrari is expected to fetch £180,000-£220,000 at the auction.

Other significant lots include a double grands prix winning 1954 Mercedes Benz W196, used by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio to help him reach his second World Drivers' Championship title. There's also the third place winner of the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours, a 1955 Maserati 300S Sports-Racing Spider, going for an estimated £3.5-£4.5 million, an Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 'Le Mans' Tourer from 1934, up for about £1.4-£1.8 million and an extremely exclusive 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast. This last is one of only six models ever built with right hand drive and Bonhams expect it to reach £800,000-£1 million.

The festival will not only feature display cars, there will also be evaluation drives, the Goodwood Action Sports event for trial, BMX, mountain bike and Motocross bikes, an off-road activities field, the Michelin Supercar Run and a Junior Festival of Speed. Entry to the event is by ticket only, which must be purchased in advance.

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