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 all weekend.

Oliver Gavin – reigning ALMS and Le Mans GT1 Champion – Ollie will drive the latest Chevrolet Corvette road car in the Supercar Run.

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 sports car.

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.

The Festival has a deserved reputation for serving up some real treats on the automotive 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

 

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