Undoubtedly the highlight of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the iconic hillclimb, but not every run up the course goes smoothly…
We imagine driving an iconic car up the Goodwood hillclimb is an incredibly exciting moment, but also a hugely nerve-wracking one too.
The driver has to wrestle the machine up the famous 1.16-mile route, while entertaining the crowds and keeping the car in one piece. No pressure, then.
Sadly, it didn’t take long for someone to crash on the hillclimb in 2017. On Thursday, day one of the event, British rallycross legend Pat Doran was driving a 1986 Ford RS200 Evo 2 when it all went wrong.
Entering Molecomb corner in the stunning rally car, Doran lost control, cut across the grass and smashed into the hay bales on the exit. It looked like he’d caught it for a second. But, no.
The RS200 Evo 2 clearly took quite a bit of damage in the crash, which – we have to admit – brought a few tears to our eyes.
Doran was alright though, which is the main thing. He even gave the crowd a cheeky bow afterwards.