Goodwood is the biggest celebration of cars and motoring in the UK, and people flock from all over the globe to visit the annual event. This year’s festival will take place from 23rd-26th June and will follow the theme of the ‘endless pursuit of power’. Further details have been announced of what will be at the site in June.
It’s not unusual for the F1 teams to showcase there machines at Goodwood, and this no fewer than 7 current teams will be participating with driver’s such as Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg and back to back world champion Lewis Hamilton will be making an appearance. Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Force India, McLaren, Renault and Williams will all tackling the 1.16 mile hill climb course. A special treat of F1 fans this year will come from Martin Brundle, who will be taking to the track is the legendary Brawn BGP001, Jenson Button’s 2009 championship winning car.
The main featured manufacturer for this year’s Festival of Speed are BMW, who will be showcasing some of their incredible racing machines from yesteryear, as a celebration of their 100th birthday. Gerry Judah once again has the task of designing the main sculpture outside Goodwood house, and BMW has let slip that the 3 cars to be featured on it are the 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR, Brabham-BMW BT52 Formula One car. 3 cars that will have sat proudly on the walls of kids and teenager’s bedrooms.
On top of the large selection of F1 cars on show, Le Mans will be represented by Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Vern Schuppen, who have all won the legendary 24hour endurance race. 2000 Nascar champion Bobby Lebonte will be represented the American stock car championship, Ken Block on behalf of RallyCross, and Matt Neal, Gordan Sheddan and Steve Soper will be in the name of the BTCC. The first of Ford’s 4 winning GT40’s will be on a main display at the show, 40 years after their remarkable 1,2,3 finish at the french race track. Their will also be a 50 year celebration of the inaugural Can-am championship.
Founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lord March said: ‘This year’s Festival will see the wildest, fastest, craziest, baddest cars and bikes ever to ascend the Goodwood Hill. Not to mention of course the heroes that tamed those mighty machines. There will be lots of noise, speed, colour and, of course, power. That’s what the Festival of Speed’s all about. I’m really excited about it and hope it will be an absolutely spectacular and memorable weekend.’’
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Source – Goodwood Festival of Speed – Telepgraph – 13/5/16