Accidents happen everywhere and even the Goodwood Festival of Speed is no exception. If you know the history of Goodwood FoS, you might be knowing that in it’s inaugural year, vintage racing motorcyclist Chas Guy was killed in practice following the completion of the course when his Vincent motorcycle developed a steering wobble known as a tank slapper, throwing the rider into a tree. Since then, motorcycles are not timed for their run.
Seven years later in 2000, driver John Dawson-Damer lost control of his Lotus 63, and crashed into the finish line gantry, killing himself and marshal Andrew Carpenter. Another marshal, Steve Tarrant, survived but sustained serious injuries to the lower part of his right leg. Since his recovery, despite his disability, he continues to marshal to this day. The gantry has since been made wider.
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Even after this, many accidents have occurred at the Festival, fatal and minor. This year, Sir Chris Hoy was driving the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo. The car was doing the hill climb run when Sir Chris lost control at the molecomb corner and went straight into the bales causing serious damage to the front end. As you can seen from the images, the airbags were deployed as soon as the car hit the bales. Fortunately, no one has been injured in the crash.
Nissan have brought two examples of the Nismo GT-R to Goodwood this year, a time attack prototype which set the record lap on the Nurburgring and a road-legal version. Although the