The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the event where there’s a big chance you will see your favourite car going up the hill as it gathers a wide variety of production models, concepts, and quirky creations like the V8-powered Aston Martin Cygnet and the Honda Mean Mower. If you’re a movie buff with an appetite for car chases, you’re in for a treat as the 25th edition of the festival hosts not only the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback from Bullitt, but also the car it chased – the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum. These are not mere replicas, but the actual vehicles used in the famous film celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The car chase was reenacted during the first day of the festival, and while the speed at which these were driven was not exactly what you would call impressive, it was a good opportunity to see the iconic duo one more time. For those interested in learning and seeing more of the ‘Stang, it will be featured later this year in a documentary called 'Little Pieces: The Untold Story of the Bullitt Mustang.'
Bullitt fans know two Mustangs were used in the movie, a stunt car and this one driven by Steve McQueen himself and recently inducted by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register.
The Bullitt Mustang received at the beginning of the year a modern equivalent in the shape of a special edition launched by Ford in United States and later on in Europe. The very first example fetched a whopping $300,000 (£228,000) at an auction for a good cause – more than six times the car’s starting price.