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New luxury Rolls Royce model to be made in West Sussex

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Luxury car to be built in West Sussex Credit: ITV news

The luxury car manufacturer, Rolls Royce, is designing a new convertible model that will be made at it's site in Goodwood in West Sussex. It will go on sale by mid-2016 - its price could be up to £250,000. A record number of Rolls Royce cars were sold from January to June.

Goodwood Festival of Speed continues until Sunday

Goodwood Festival of Speed is underway

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed continues in earnest today at Goodwood House in West Sussex. This year's centrepiece is a sculpture celebrating 120 years of Mercedes Benz involvement in motor sport.

Sculpture celebrating one hundred and twenty years of Mercedes Benz

Visitors on Friday will have the chance to watch drivers try out the hill climb.

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8000 mile endurance flight in 1940s biplane

Tracey Curtis-Taylor safely back down to earth Credit: PA

An intrepid pilot almost became hypothermic during an 8,000-mile solo flight in a 1940s biplane. Tracey Curtis-Taylor had to endure freezing weather during her eight-week adventure from Cape Town to Goodwood.

Tracey with the Spirit of Artemis Credit: PA

The 51-year-old finally realised her dream of recreating the pioneering 1928 flight of Lady Mary Heath who became the first person to fly alone across Africa. She set off from Cape Town in the Spirit of Artemis, a classic 1940s open cockpit Boeing Stearman biplane, and ended her journey in Goodwood.

Rolls Royce celebrate 110th anniversary with new jobs

Rolls Royce are celebrating their 110th year by announcing 100 new jobs at Goodwood in West Sussex.

It comes after their 4th year of record sales, with more than 3,600 cars sold throughout 2013.

Demand is still high for models such as the Phantom, Ghost and Wraith models.

Manufactures have also seen a popular increase in bespoke vehicles, with a high percentage leaving Goodwood with bespoke design elements.

The Wraith, one of Rolls Royce's newest models Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Olympiads tackle Goodwood hill climb

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Laura Trott took part in the event at Goodwood House Credit: Goodwood

More than 70 cyclists took part in a challenging ride at Goodwood House across Hampshire and Sussex countryside.

The riders including London 2012 gold medallists' Laura Trott, Geraint Thomas and Sir Matthew Pinsent.

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Matthew Pinsent at the cycling event which covered Sussex and Hampshire Credit: Goodwood

The cyclists set off at 10am where they took on the steep Goodwood Hill.

They then rode through Midhurst, Liss Forest and across South Downs Way.

The third and final climb of the ride was Harting Hill which is renowned for being a gruelling challenge used in the 1994 Tour De France.

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Geraint Thomas at the iconic hill crime event in West Sussex Credit: Goodwood

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'Very, very important car' fetches £19m at auction

The auctioneers who sold the most expensive car ever to be sold at public auction have said that they always knew it would be a 'very, very important car'.

The Mercedes-Benz W196 went for £19.6m in an auction held by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 in Chichester.

The former Formula 1 racing car was driven by the F1 world champion Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 when he clinched the second of his five titles.

The Argentinian drove the car to victory in the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races.

A private buyer bought the car over the telephone.

"At £19.6 million inclusive, it's a new world record by some distance.

"We had eight telephone bidders at the start of the bidding and we had three people in the audience, so we had more than 10 people who were prepared to spend. Of those 11 bidders, only five got the chance to bid.

"Our own personal record of £5 million was achieved last year for a Bentley. The price that we achieved today is over three times that, so it's extraordinary.

"We always knew that it was a very, very important car."

– James Knight, group motoring director at Bonhams
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