Preview: Festival of Speed is revving up!

Lord March
Lord March

GOODWOOD Festival of Speed is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, packed with cars, stars and nail-biting action.

Running for four days from today until Sunday, the world’s most popular motor sport and car culture event will focus on the best festival moments of the past two decades.

“I still find it difficult to believe this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the 20th anniversary of the event; a festival which has gone from strength to strength and world renown and on to exceed even my wildest expectations,” said Lord March.

“We will have an exceptional line-up of more than 125 top motor sport drivers and riders in action, driving and riding some of the finest and rarest competition cars and motorcycles in the world.”

More than 185,000 car enthusiasts are set to descend on the Goodwood site over the weekend to experience the high octane event.

The festival will also be celebrating other significant motoring anniversaries, including 50 years of Mclaren, Lamborghini and iconic sports car – the Porsche 911. A sculpture has been put up outside Goodwood House to celebrate the achievements of the versatile machine, which has helped to put Festival of Speed on the map. A number of competition Porches, such as the 908, 962 and the 917 will also be in action.

Among the current 2013-season F1 teams appearing at the race meeting this year are McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Red Bull and Lotus and the famous faces driving them will include Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Motoring legends Sir Jackie Stewart, Jochen Mass, Sir Stirling Moss, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will also be in the festival crowds.

The latest and fastest super cars will be in action on the Goodwood hill climb for the Michelin Supercar Run.

Cars from Bugattti and Jaguar will be expected to make their UK and world debuts.

Following the success of the last three years, Thursday will bring a moving motor show and passenger car exhibition in the ground of Goodwood park. Visitors will not only be able tio see the very latest cars on display, they can also experience the vehicle first hand.

A firm favourite with Festival of Speed stalwarts is the Bonham motor auction, which will take place on Friday. Sharing the limelight will be the 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé bought by John Lennon the day he passed his driving test.

Wacky Races will also be on the circuit to keep the young-at-heart entertained. Visitors can also look to the skies on Friday and Sunday to watch the world-famous red arrows display their aerobatics and formation flying.