The ‘Most Spirited Getaway’ Award is a light hearted award given to the driver judged to have the most enthusiastic crowd pleasing departure up the notorious Goodwood Hill.
Last year the honour was won by Touring Car driver Anthony Reid in an XFR. For the second year a Jaguar wins again this time by Alex Buncombe at the wheel of an XJS TWR owned by JD Classics. The 1984 Jaguar XJS TWR and chassis 005 of just seven produced was previously driven by Win Percy. It made a suitably dramatic start as the combination of slick tyres and a 485bhp, race-specification V12 and side-exit exhaust system ensured a visual and aural spectacle.
It was joined on the Goodwood Hill by the iconic Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-8/9 run by Don and Justin Law the latter aiming to once again set the pace at the 2012 running of the event having completed the run in just over 44 seconds in previous years.
The 2012 Festival of Speed takes place between June 28 and July 1 with crowds expected to number in excess of 180,000 over the three days.