Ten Top Reasons to Visit the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Posted 20 June 2007 - 04:39 PM
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is now firmly established as the world’s greatest celebration of the history of motor sport.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Spark of Genius – Breaking Records, Pushing Boundaries’ celebrating the glory of the individual racers and engineering visionaries who took risks and made sacrifices in their quest for victory.
This year’s Festival takes place on 22-24 June at Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex. There are thousands of reasons to visit the 2007 Festival of Speed – below are just ten highlights:
Contemporary Formula 1
No less than six of today’s very best F1 teams will be at the Festival of Speed, with acclaimed current F1 drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, David Coulthard, Anthony Davidson and Mark Webber in attendance. A number of previous F1 heroes, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir John Surtees and Damon Hill will also be tackling the challenging 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course. Also expect to see F1 drivers like Button and Webber racing up and down the Hill on two-wheels in the inaugural Goodwood Organic Milk Race for bicycles, with each driver being teamed up with a top cycling professional, including Chris Hoy and Jason Queally.
Revised and enhanced Forest Rally Stage
Four current WRC teams will join more than 30 historic rally cars on the revised and lengthened Goodwood Forest Rally Stage. Expect to see plenty of gravel-spitting sideways action from current WRC heroes such as Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson, with rallying past masters, including Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Hannu Mikkola, Stig Blomqvist and Bjφrn Waldegεrd showing how it used to be done. Access up to the Forest Rally Stage is substantially improved this year, with a tractor-shuttle service now starting further down the Goodwood Hill for added convenience.
A who’s who of riders and bikes will be in attendance at Goodwood, with huge names such as Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss and Jim Redman set to entertain the Festival crowds. Motorcycle highlights will include the unique two-seater Ducati WSB 999 F07 bike, as well as a rare selection of classic Hondas, seldom seen outside of Japan. A selection of specialist, limited-production muscle bikes will also be running at Goodwood for the first time.
Although still under wraps, this year’s extravaganza of automotive art, directly outside Goodwood House, will celebrate half a century of Toyota’s motor sport activities. At 38 metres high, this central feature will be the Festival’s largest and most ambitious yet, towering above Goodwood House, and visible from many miles away. In fact it is so tall that a red warning light has been fitted to alert any passing low-flying aircraft, including the Red Arrows air display team that will be performing at the event on Saturday and Sunday.
Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’
This prestigious annual homage to the finest in automotive design will this year include $60million-worth of Bugatti Type 41 Royales, the world’s most precious and valuable car. A homage to the famous Cadillac Ranch on Route 66 will also be displayed, with a line-up of finned American iron part buried in the ground, and painted by celebrated artist Allen Jones.
Junior Festival of Speed
Something to keep kids of all ages entertained, with masses of things to do, from discovering the latest Wacky Racers and children’s TV latest sensation, Roary the Racing Car, to big fun in the Big Top circus tent. The UK’s number one mountain bike stunt team, MAD, will amaze all, as will Rarekind, Britain’s only graffiti art gallery. Also be sure not to miss the Scalextric museum, celebrating the 50th anniversary of these influential slot racing cars. And the live music is worth the ticket price alone!
The Sunday Times ‘InGear’ Supercar Run
A multi-million pound collection of the world’s most desirable contemporary exotica will be demonstrated on the Hill. Watch out for debuts of the stunning Caparo T1 and Koenigsegg CCXR being put though their paces, plus the first sighting of the new Audi R8, Concept Climax and Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster in action in the UK.
A new Festival feature for 2007, this state-of-the-art technology exhibition focuses on the future of motoring and environmental issues in a series of interesting new initiatives. FoS-TECH will showcase a variety of exciting new technologies from motor manufacturers, design specialists, oil companies and other motor industry suppliers.
A Great Spectator Occasion
What Wimbledon is to tennis, and Henley is to rowing, so Goodwood is to motor sport, having quickly established itself as the place to be every summer to see the very best. No other motoring event can match the unique combination of more than 300 vehicles and over 100 motor racing heroes, blasting up the drive of one of England’s most revered stately homes. No wonder the Festival of Speed has often been described as ‘the Garden Party of the Gods.’ For 2007 the spectator experience is further enhanced with improved viewing facilities, including more raised standing steppings, an additional grandstand and new Gurney hospitality pavilion.
The 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place on 22-24 June. Entry is by advance ticket only, with a limited number of tickets still available.
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