Saturday, 17 May 2014

It is nearly upon us


There are only 39 day's to go until the motosport community including Formula One cars and drivers past and present converge on Goodwood Race Course for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed is themed 'Addicted to Winning' and will celebrate all champions from Formula One such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Jim Clarke, The Silver Arrows, Lewis Hamilton and a number of other champions such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Colin McRae and Valentino Rossi to name but a few.

The festival will also celebrate the centenary of Maserati, one of world's most famous sports car marques.  

As always the main event of the festival will be the be the legendary Goodwood hill climb. The fastest time up the hill was set by Germany's Nick Heidfield who in 1999 driving the McLaren MP4-13 went up the hill in 41.6s. This record stands to this day.

Formula One cars are allowed to demo runs up the hill however, they are not allowed to compete in the hill climb as they are deemed to have too much of an advantage. Everything from F1 cars, to World Rally Champion machinery make their way up the hill. 

The festival allows motorsport fans to closer to the cation and machinery then they usually would and it also gives Formula One fans the opportunity to meet drivers and senior team personnel outside of the Formula One paddock setting. 

All motor racing fans should attend the Goodwood Festival Of Speed at some stage. The Festival takes place the weekend before the British Grand Prix in Silverstone and makes a fantastic double header to go alongside attending the Grand Prix.

©Ben Johnston 2014

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