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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: a preview of the cars and stars

The Week logo The Week 11/07/2018 Cameron Tait
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: a preview of the cars and stars © theweek.co.uk Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: a preview of the cars and stars

Few events can match the adrenaline-fuelled thrills on offer when Formula 1 drivers and racing legends congregate at the annual Festival of Speed. 

The Chichester-based celebration of all things fast kicks off tomorrow, and attendees can expect to see heroes of both contemporary and historic motorsport series. 

Each year, the Duke of Richmond, Charles Gordon-Lennox, selects a theme for the event. These typically celebrate the anniversary of a car manufacturer, racing series or even a motorsport hero.

This year’s theme is slightly different, however, with the event itself takes centre stage as it  celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Duke has selected 25 of his favourite cars and drivers featured over the festival’s history, with the line-up due to be revealed when the show opens.

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Here is what else fans can look forward to over the weekend:

Dates and ticket prices

The Festival of Speed runs from 12 to 15 July, with ticket prices starting at £37. A weekend pass costs £164. 

Racing royalty

The Festival of Speed is one of the only motoring events where the public can brush shoulders with racing drivers: it’s not uncommon to stroll through one of the many paddocks and see the likes of double F1 champion Mika Hakkinen or five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell chatting with fans. 

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Attendees can expect to see both of those drivers at this year’s event, with Hakkinen piloting his 1998 and 1999-winning F1 cars, while Bell is due to drive his monstrous Porsche 962 Le Mans racer. 

Mercedes-AMG F1 star Valtteri Bottas is also tipped to drive up Goodwood hill, as is former F1 driver and current commentator Martin Brundle. 

Although Lewis Hamilton won’t be attending this year’s event, his younger brother will. Nicolas Hamilton previously competed in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and now drives in the Renault Clio Cup series. 

The full entry list can be found here.

Star cars

Whether you’re a fan of blisteringly quick Le Mans prototypes or elegant vintage grand tourers, everyone can find their favourite cars at the Festival of Speed. 

The star F1 cars on display this year include the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F60, Jackie Stewart’s Tyrell 006 from 1972 and Red Bull Racing’s RB8 from 2012. 

The Mercedes-AMG’s W07, in which Nico Rosberg sealed the 2016 F1 championship, will also be on show. 

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Other racers include the Porsche’s Le Mans winning 911 GT1 from 1998, M Sport’s Ford Fiesta World Rally car and the Yamaha YZF-R1 WSBK from the World Super Bike Championship. 

Future Lab

The Festival of Speed is best known for allowing fans to get up close to ultra-rare racing machinery and motoring icons, but it also showcases cutting-edge technology that may one day feature in our lives. 

This year, the Future Lab project will host the autonomous vehicle RoboRace, the world’s first driverless electric racing car, along with a futuristic lunar rovers and robot bartenders. 

Future Lab will also demonstrate that jet packs are no longer confined to science fiction, with a brave test pilot set to take a six-engined wing suit through the skies of Goodwood.

Top image credit: Nick Dungan

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