Goodwood Festival Of Speed This Weekend
This weekend the very excellent Goodwood Festival of Speed gives
motorsport fans the opportunity to get very close indeed to some
of the legendary cars, and the legendary drivers from more or less
every branch of international motorsport.
From the wonderful world of sportscar racing there will be a quite
astonishing array of racing talent past and present, many of them
driving some of the very cars that brought them success on the
racetracks of the world.
Amongst those taking part over the weekend are:
Richard Attwood, the 1970 Le Mans winner will drive his F1 BRM
P261 throughout the weekend.
Derek Bell. ‘Dinger’ will
drive a Jaguar E-type lightweight, a Grand Prix Ferrari 246 Dino
and his Tecno F1 car over the weekend.
Martin Brundle – 1990
Le Mans winner and of course the current ITV Grand Prix commentator.
Brundle will be reunited with his Benetton-Ford
B191 on Sunday.
Vic Elford, DSC favourite and legendary all-rounder. Vic was twice
winner of the Targa Florio and will drive his winning Porsche 908/3
Oliver Gavin – reigning ALMS and Le Mans GT1 Champion – Ollie
will drive the latest Chevrolet Corvette road car in the Supercar
Dan Gurney, the all-American racing hero and 1967 Le Mans winner,
will drive a range of historic cars from his career, including
a Ford GT40, an AC Cobra and his Eagle-Weslake T1G.
Hurley Haywood, 1977, 1983 and 1994 Le Mans winner. Haywood will
drive the Audi 200 Quattro in which he took the 1988 TransAm title.
Jacky Ickx, GP star and six-time Le Mans winner, will be in action
on the hill in a Lancia Ferrari D50 F1 car and on the Forest Rally
Stage in the fabulous Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar car.
Parnelli Jones, the TransAm and Indycar racing legend, will drive
his title-winning Ford Mustang and two of the distinctive Indycars
built by his own team.
Tom Kristensen, seven times Le Mans winner, will drive the 2003
Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8 on the hill, and the new Bentley
Continental GTC in the Supercar Run.
Allan McNish, 1998 Le Mans winner and former GP star, will drive
the record-breaking Audi R10 diesel Le Mans car and an historic
Auto Union Grand Prix car.
Arturo Merzario, Italian sports racing legend, will drive a range
of beautiful Alfa Romeos plus his 1972 winning Ferrari 312PB as
part of the Targa Florio celebration.
Jackie Oliver, 1969 Le Mans winner, F1 driver and former Arrows
F1 team owner, Oliver will take to the hill over the weekend in
a Ford GT40.
Vern Schuppan – 1983
Le Mans winner. Vern will demonstrate a historic Porsche 550A
Darren Turner, will take to the hill aboard one of the gorgeous
Works Aston Martin DBR9s.
Bob Tullius, the legendary TransAm Champion, will drive his famous
Group 44 Jaguar XJS throughout the weekend.
Nino Vacarella, legendary three-time winner of the Targa Florio
and local hero in Sicily, will be in action in a variety of Alfa
Romeo sports-racing cars.
Gijs van Lennep, winner of the last World Championship Targa Florio
race in 1973, will be reunited with his winning Porsche 911 RSR.
And there is much, much more. Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Jackie Stewart,
Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Richard Petty, Damon Hill, Mika
Hakkinen, Alan Jones and Nigel Mansell are amongst the racing glitterati
taking part together with an array of stars from both the rallying
and motorcycle racing worlds too.
has a deserved reputation for serving up some real treats on
front. Few come away anything other than
impressed and grinning ear to ear. There are no tickets available
on the day but get online now (oh you already are!) and do yourself
a favour. Tickets aren’t cheap but if the good weather in
the UK holds this will be a stunning weekend’s action