This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival preview day for members of the press, sponsors and guests was a mini Festival of Speed in its own right – giving a taste of the delights that lay ahead in the coming months. There was a delectable array of fabulous competition cars, motorcycles, supercars, famous racing drivers, celebrities – including Chris Evans and James Martin. Between the glamorous girls, live music and dancing, great food and coffee was served from a fleet of classic Citroen H vans.
With the Festival of Speed celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Lord March announced that this year’s event would be a reflection on the highlights and key moments from those last two decades. He said: ‘When we were putting the 20th anniversary book together, I looked at all the cars, the drivers, the bikes and the riders that have been here over the last 20 years and I realised that this little piece of ground here, the 200 acres in front of the House, has played host to more of the greatest cars and drivers in the world than anywhere else, and that’s absolutely for sure. All those cars I dreamt of as a child have all been here and taken part in this event. In that first year we attracted something like 25,000 people. The event now attracts well over 185,000 people and is the biggest car event of its type in the world.’
One of the undoubted highlights will be the return of Bob Riggle and ‘Hemi Under Glass’, the spectacular black and gold Plymouth Barracuda wheelie car that thrilled the crowds and set fire to the straw bales.
There is a great selection of other anniversaries that will be celebrated: including 90 Years of Le Mans, 60 Years of the World Sportscar Championship, 50 Years of the Porsche 911, McLaren, Lamborghini, the Mini Cooper S and the Lotus Cortina, and 40 Years of the World Rally Championship. Also expect to see the cream of the current Formula 1 Teams, the best of the Cartier Style et Luxe, exciting rally cars in action at the top of the hill, World Land Speed Record cars, Nascars, stunt riding, live bands, air displays and much, much more. It promises to be a cracker!
The Revival Meeting at the historic motor circuit will feature an all Ford GT40 race and in the RAC TT, a number of Ferrari 250LM prototypes, both models celebrating their half century. There will be a tribute to Jim Clark on the 50th anniversary of his first World Championship and some special activities to mark 100 Years of the Tour de France cycle race.
The Festival of Speed takes place on 11-14 July and the Revival on 13-15 September. Full details can be found here.