One of the most anticipated events of the motorsport calendar, Goodwood Festival of Speed, will be taking place at the end of June with one of the most speculator line ups yet. The four day event will kick off on Thursday 26 June with the Moving Motor Show and will follow with the three day festival featuring some of motorsports finest talent. Along with an exhibition from some of the sport’s most famous racing cars and bikes, drivers will see action on the 1.16 mile hill climb while performing in the Goodwood Action Sports Arena and on the Skoda Forest Rally Stage. Fans will also get a chance to see some of the world’s best aerobatic displays from the Red Arrows and the Eurofighter Typhoon jet.
The festival of speed always attracts some of the most famous and talented drivers in motorsport – past and present. This year is no exception with an incredible line up due to attend and take part. Rally legend Sebastian Loeb will be taking part in the Pike Peak competitor; the Peugeot 208 T16. The nine times rally champion will be hoping to beat Nick Heidfield’s lap record of 41.60 seconds set in 1999 in his McLaren P4. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will also be at the event showcasing modern formula one cars from both Mercedes and McLaren. Motorbike fans will be pleased to hear that multiple Isle of Man TT winner John McGuniess will be at the event along with fifteen time grand prix motorcycle champion Giacomo Agostini.
A Supremely Special Event
Along with Sebastian Loeb’s attempt at the lap record, John Surtees – F1 champion from the 1960’s – will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his 1964 winning season by driving eleven cars and three bikes spanning across his career, including his Ferrari from his winning season. Emerson Fittipaldi will also be there celebrating forty years since his winning F1 season with a drive in the original McLaren M23, which helped him gain the championship title.
As a throwback to the past Mercedes will be displaying their pre Second World War Silver Arrows racing cars along with supercars from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Bentley’s famous ‘Old Number 1’, a Goodwood favourite and winner from 1929 and 1930, will also be joining the line up of cars gone by.
Looking ahead, the prototype of the hotly anticipated Honda NSX will be debuting at the event before its release next year while a 1989 NSX will be joining the list of cars entering the hill climb. The renowned Koenigsegg’s Agera One:1 will also be featured at the event – a road car capable of 273mph.