Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge
The Goodwood Festival of Speed returns this weekend, 25th to 28th June, playing host to multiple vehicle debuts, motorsport stars and classic cars.
The new Ford Focus RS gets its UK unveiling at the show along with the new Ford GT. Bentley’s updated Continental family will also be on show, as will McLaren’s 986bhp and the all-new Mazda MX5 which are making their UK debuts.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed also includes the annual Moving Motor Show, which takes place on the Thursday. In total, 18 vehicle manufacturers have signed up to allow potential owners to experience their latest models, with most taking on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb course.
Attractions at the Festival of Speed include five current F1 teams – including current world champions Mercedes-Benz – as well as MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. Marking the 60th anniversary of Sir Stirling Moss’s victory at the Mille Miglia in 1955, seven of the remaining eight Mercedes-Benx 300 SLRs will also be on show.
Among the many cars set to take on the hillclimb course over the weekend is the 28-litre Fiat S76, which receives its first public run for 101 years. The car will be taking part in a new race category dubbed, “Edwardian Leviathans”.
Several motorsport stars will be honoured as part of the event, with displays commemorating the careers of Derek Bell and Gilles Villeneuve. Motorbike riding legends Casey Stoner, Freddie Spencer and Kenny Roberts will also be taking to the hill, while the Festival of Speed also features the largest ever representation of NASCAR racers in this country, including a display by Richard Petty.
Other highlights this year include a dedicated category for drifting, which will see the likes of Ken Block taking to the hill to thrill fans. Block will be bringing his modified 850bhp Ford Mustang, dubbed the ‘Hoonicorn’ to the event. Also taking to the hill in the ‘Catch my Drift?’ category will be Norwegian drifter Joachim Waargaard, and drift champion James Deane.
As well as the hillclimb stage, the Festival of Speed also features the traditional Concours d’elegance; with categories celebrating the 80th birthday of Figoni et Falaschi cars, plus the 60th anniversary of the Citroën DS brand. The Michelin Supercar Run and supercar paddock also returns.
Mazda has been chosen as the event’s featured manufacturer for 2015. The Japanese brand will be presenting its take on the iconic statue in front of Goodwood house, created by artist Gerry Judah, and showcasing their vehicle line-up. The firm will be showing off road and racing models from its classic collection, including the Le Mans winning 787B, which will be taking on the hillclimb course.
The theme of the 2015 Festival of Speed is “Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge”, something which festival founder Lord Charles March says “aligns perfectly with Mazda’s continual push to reject engineering conventions and strive for something unique”.
Enquiries: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PH