Billed as the largest motoring garden party in the world attracting a record 196,000 fans over four days, the 2013 Festival of Speed in the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House at first glance seems like an unlikely place to find 20 of the world’s leading action sports stars. But nestled among the Pimms and Porsches, blazers and Bentleys, smoked salmon and McLarens, the GAS Arena was home for four days to a group of global superstars from the white-knuckle worlds of Freestyle Motocross, BMX Dirt, BMX Flatland, Mountain Bike Trials and Motorcycle Trials.
Combining their spectacular skills on a purpose-built playground crafted from 7,000 tonnes of soil, the athletes from Britain, Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan, France, Germany and the USA put on a series of spectacular shows that left festival-goers open-mouthed as they went head-to-head over six FMX ramps, two BMX runs and log and rock-strewn Trials sections.
With a world class line up of FMX riders including Japan’s Kota Kugimura, Spanish FMX protégé’s the Meyer brothers, France’s style king Jey Rouanet, Germany’s youngest FMX star Luc Ackermann, Czech’s Petr Pilat and Dan Whitby & Jamie Squibb representing the UK, the sunkissed crowd had one hell of a show on their hands. Sadly due a big slam on day 2, USA’s Brody Wilson was unable to ride for the rest of the week – and we wish the X-Fighters rider a speedy and full recovery.
Everyday at GAS would see the FMX riders battle it out for a crowd voted Best Whip comp and a Best Trick comp. On the final and most prestigious day the Best Trick comp was officially owned by Jamie Squibb, who won over the crowd with a series of huge, fully extended and committed base-jumpers, allowing him to take home the Goodwood prize of honour! Check out all the action below:
Photos by Adam Simpson
Dan Whitby & Jamie Squibb
Christian Stevenson AKA DJBBQ on the mic
Whitby, Squibb & Ackermann