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Written by Matt   
Monday, 27 June 2005

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason appeared at Goodwood House last week (June 24th-26th), as part of the 2005 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, which is held on Lord March's front lawn in Sussex, England. The event involves the finest vehicles from all over the world coming together with the finest drivers, who drive up a hill trying to miss hay bales and stone walls, whilst trying to beat the time set by others.

Some of you will recall that Nick was present at the launch of the event, that we reported on back on March 18th, taking a small selection of his cars to Goodwood House.

Over the weekend, Nick, his wife Annette, and his daughter Holly, all took part, doing timed runs on the hillclimb course. Nick in particular set an impressive 20th fastest driver of the event, and Annette and Holly set 35th fastest.

Nick had cars entered into three classes (categories). The first, his beautiful, blue Bugatti Type 35B was in class 2 - "Clash Of The Titans", which covers Grand Prix and International Autodrome Racing between 1912 - 1939. Annette and Holly helmed the car, taking second fastest time overall in the class.

Class 6 - "Running Rings Around The Opposition", consisting of legends of the Indianapolis 500, had Nick's March Cosworth driven by Danny Sullivan, in a demo run (in other words, not timed).

Finally, class 11 - "Staying Power" featuring international sports-racing rivals from 1965-80, had Nick driving his 4.9 litre Ferrari 512BB/LM to third fastest place. The car has special aerodynamics designed by the Ferrari customer division for the Le Mans 1979 race, where the car was driven to a very respectable 12th overall, with one of the four drivers over the 24 hour period being the late Steve O'Rourke (who was the Floyd's manager).

Nick's next outing at Goodwood is expected to be the Revival Festival, which is being held this year on September 16th-18th. The Revival Festival features classic cars racing around the Goodwood circuit, against each other, in contrast to the timed solo runs up a hill in the Festival Of Speed. Both events give good access for the public to the drivers and their cars - a rarity in motor-racing these days. More details can be found at

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