Lord March – founder of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June-1 July) – and Goodwood Revival (14-16 September)- has announced some of the highlights at this year’s events.
No less than seven of the current Formula One teams will be in action including for the first time, two-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing team mate Mark Webber. The attendance of Vettel bodes well given the theme for the 2012 Festival of Speed is ‘Young Guns – Born to Win’.
Another highlight will be the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ – one of the world’s finest automotive concours d’elegance design competitions, which for this year will focus on those vehicles with a special connection with Her Majesty, The Queen. These will include personal cars, a Royal Train carriage, an aircraft and State limousines.
The 2012 Festival of Speed will also pay homage to Lotus – one of Britain’s most innovative and iconic car brands. The company’s historical past, present and future is to be honoured with a central feature outside Goodwood House along with up to 50 famous Lotus race and road cars in action and on static display throughout the weekend.
The festival also includes the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition, which has been moved within the Festival Parkland, close to the Moving Motor Show and the largest collection of two-stroke racing motorcycles ever assembled at Goodwood.
The automotive treats continue unabated at the Goodwood Revival with a stunning ‘speed’ demonstration of the famous Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows cars and the Auto Union racers more than 75 years after their historical race at Donington.
The show continues with a tribute to the Ferrari 250 GTO, which will include a daily parade of half the total GTO production, as well as an AC Cobra series race to mark 50 years of the Anglo-American muscle car.
American racing legend Dan Guerney will be honoured with a daily tribute some 50 years after his first Grand Prix victory in France. Guerney is also credited with a number of innovations including the first driver ever to wear a full-face helmet and was the inventor of a down force devise on the rear wing that became known as the Guerney flap. He also created the still standing tradition of spraying Champagne on the podium.
For kids, there’s a new Goodwood competition called the Settrington Cup with driver’s in Austin J40 peddlers.
The Goodwood Motor Sport event has become one of the world’s most exciting car shows and well worth a visit if you happen to be in the UK in either June or September.