Your Guide To The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is now the biggest motor racing garden party event in the world and a must for corporate groups looking to entertain clients at one of the UK’s most unique and exciting sporting events. Goodwood Festival of Speed hospitality is everything one would expect from an establishment that has been entertaining for over 300 years!

The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature the theme ‘Young Guns – Born To Win’ and will celebrate the careers of those who shocked the world of motor racing, becoming overnight superstars and changing the game with a mix of “supreme talent and insatiable thirst”. Past heroes such as Bernd Rosemeyer and Mike Hawthorn will be celebrated as well as current superstars such as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

In fact Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be appearing at this year’s Festival of Speed! McLaren confirmed that their drivers will be taking on the hillclimb in last season’s MP4-26 F1 car and the new MP4-12C. Button will be attending on the Saturday whilst Hamilton is on the Sunday. Williams and Caterham F1 team’s will also be attending the festival so keep an eye out for them too!

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Lotus are the featured marque at this years Festival of Speed, with a celebration of their past, present and future achievements. Fitting for a year in which which patriotic sentiment is set to run high, the 2012 Festival will celebrate the ‘pioneering’ spirit of the British manufacturer and it’s domination over the years of motor racing in it’s different forms. There’ll be a range of Lotus’s collection including sports cars, Indycars and F1 cars.

This includes the only V12-powered Lotus F1 car, the 102, which will be driven by Martin Donnelly. Donnelly was one of the car’s original drivers but suffered career ending injuries in the Lotus 102 in 1990 during a practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix. Those of you who attended last year may remember Donnelly’s demonstration run in the same car, but excitingly for this year, Donnelly will be doing a timed-run on the Festival of Speed hillclimb.

For the first time ever Formula One legend Alain Prost will be appearing at the Festival of Speed on the Friday and Saturday (Sunday is to be confirmed). Prost will be tackling the hillclimb in the Renault RE30, the car he won his first F1 title. True fans of ‘The Professor’ will want to head to the Stable Yard which will be exhibiting a photographic exhibition of Prost’s career and curated by the man himself. The exhibition will feature 100 photos, many of which are from his private collection and never before seen.

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Aside from the ‘usual’ collection of legendary F1 cars and drivers, there’ll also be an appearance from American actor Jesse James and his Baja desert-racing Trophy Truck. He holds the world land speed record for a hydrogen-powered vehicle of 199.7mph and is sure to add an unique, exciting element to the Goodwood Estate!

Prost will also also appear in his 2012 Dacia Lodgy Andros Trophy ice racer, in which he won the Andros Trophy, a French ice-racing series earlier in the year. There’s also a daily parade of half the total production of the famous Ferrari 250 GTO which will certainly be a sight to behold.

Motorbike enthusiasts will want to check out the Goodwood Aviation exhibition in the Festival Parkland, which will feature the largest collection of two-stroke racing motorcycles ever assembled at Goodwood. Finally we’d be remiss in our duty if we didn’t mention Cartier’s automotive concours d’elegance design competition; ‘Style et Luxe’. This year the competition will focus on vehicles with a special connection to Her Majesty and will include personal cars, a Royal Train carriage and State limousines.

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And so once again Goodwood are bringing together everything that is great in motor racing; that magical mixture of speed, power, beauty and elegance will be celebrated at one of motor racing’s most charming venues, making this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed a must for any fan of motor racing.

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