Goodwood Festival of Speed - preview
Besides all races that will taking part next weekend at all continents the central place of motorsports, especially of motorsports history, will be the Goodwood Festival of Speed. More than 100,000 visitors are expected at Lord March’s property to see some of the most legendary vehicles and personalities of car and motorcycle racing.
The official list of ‘Who will be driving what’ is really impressive and contains drivers and cars/bikes which deserve to write a books about them and their legacy in motorsports. Over 100 famous personalities, former and active racers, are expected at the Hillclimb track and Forest rally stage or near the track.
So, we will announce some of them (in alphabetical order): Rauno Aaltonen, Giacomo Agostini, Richard Attwood, Rene Arnoux, Derek Bell, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson, Robby Gordon, Damon Hill, Andre Lotterer, Jochen Mass, Felipe Massa, Kris Meeke, Hannu Mikkola, Rod Millen, Sir Stirling Moss, Matt Neal, Tiff Needell, Richard Petty, Emanuele Pirro, Jean Ragnotti, Kimi Raikkonen, Jonathan Rea, Kenny Roberts, Nico Rosberg, Valentino Rossi, Gordon Shedden, Sir Jackie Stewart, Casey Stoner, John Surtees, Mark Webber… If that’s not enough, check the complete list at official web pages.
List of cars and motorcycles at FOS are as much impressive as the list of their drivers. Let’s see some of them: historic and modern rally and rallycross cars (1964 Mini, Ford Escort MkII, Audi Quattro S1, Renault 5 Maxi Turbo, Ford Fiesta R5, Citroen DS3 RX, Citroen DS3 WRC, Peugeot 208 WRX), previous and current Le Mans and endurance cars (Toyota TS040, Ginetta-Nissan LMP3, Mazda 787, McLaren P1 GTR, McLaren F1 GTR, Alpine A442B, Porsche 962, Ferrari 512M, Kremer Porsche K8 Spyder, Sauber-Mercedes C9, Mercedes 300 SLR), old and new F1 cars (Mercedes-Benz F1 W04, Ferrari 312 T5, Ferrari F10, Williams FW13B, Minardi M189, Surtees-Cosworth TS7), modern GT cars (Bentley Continental GT3, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR), Pikes Peak Toyota Celica and Ford RS200, NASCAR’s Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Impala SS…
Festival of Speed is a four-day event with lots of activities all around the Goodwood Estate. Besides timed track races and demonstrations runs there will be The Moving Motor Show, an annual exhibition of new road cars with some debuts. This Show takes place on 25 June.
From Friday to Sunday accent is on racing cars and bikes. If you intend to visit Goodwood Festival of Speed, check at the official pages when your favourites are in track. Or just be there all three days…
Since 1997 every year some manufacturer has been honoured with central display. This year it’s Mazda. Japanese manufacturer celebrating 95-year history and its international motor sport achievements.