By Stewart Smith on 2016-06-28 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Thrills galore for
ONE of the many highlights at the Goodwood Festival of Speed was the appearance of the fantastic Jaguar F-PACE stunt car which put on a dramatic display of dynamic precision and control - on two wheels.
After setting the Guinness World Record for the world's biggest loop-the-loop at its launch last year, the very same record-breaking F-PACE and stunt driver Terry Grant teamed up again and this timeGrant piloted Jaguar's first family sports car up the famous Goodwood hill on two wheels.
As if that was not enough, professional freestyle motorbike stunt rider Lee Bowers was on board to add even more jeopardy to proceedings.
Bowers is no stranger to two wheels and swapped his saddle for the luxurious leather interior of Jaguar's first performance crossover.
As the F-PACE two-wheeled up the demanding course, Bowers climbed out of the passenger window to stand on the side of the Jaguar and salute the crowd, before climbing back inside ahead of the finishing line.
Stunt driver Terry said:When Jaguar gave me the opportunity to reunite with the F-PACE used to break the world's largest loop record, I couldn't say no. Its light, stiff aluminium body and precise controls make it the perfect wheelie vehicle, and it was great to have Lee Bowers along for company - even if he did climb out halfway through our run!"
And there was no shortage of supercars performing at the popular event. Some of the world's most extraordinary sports-racing cars made their presence felt, including Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy out in the Ligier-Nissan JS P2 which he drove in this year's Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Also making an appearance on the hill run was British ace Steve Soper who was reunited with the BMW-engined McLaren F1 GTR "'Longtail" which he drove at Le Mans in 1997.
Goodwood has long championed Americana at the Festival of Speed and this year was no different. There was appearances from NASCAR stock cars with the legendary Bobby Labonte leading the way in the famous 1972 Dodge Charger.
Indycar racing was also represented, with two-time Formula One World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi having making several runs up the famous Goodwood Hill aboard the Penske-Chevrolet PC22 which he raced in 1993.
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