The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 Gets Underway
Lord March has opened the doors to his grounds as the Goodwood Festival of Speed takes over his terrain for the next few days.
Visitors will not get bored as there are cars, racers, bikes and planes that will keep both young and old entertained.
Mazda is the main sponsor this year and the impressive looking sculpture in front of Goodwood House is an amazing 37-metre tall feat of design engineering with the Le Mans winning 787B and the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo cars perched at the top. The Japanese manufacturer’s stand showcases the all-new MX-5, CX-3 and Mazda2.
The Mercedes-Benz stand is as impressive as ever dominating the inside of the first corner of the Goodwood hill climb. Drool over the AMG-GT in both road and race form, check out the F1 safety car, the classic C111 concept car and the striking A-Class Motorsport Edition with its green accents.
Renault have the trendy Twingo on their stand alongside the all-electric Twizy and the Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy makes its first UK appearance. Make sure you check out the clay model of their latest model, the Kadjar crossover...just don’t touch it!
The colourful examples of the Citroen C4 Cactus feature their Airbump technology on the French marque’s stand and visitors can jump around on trampolines to win some prizes.
The Ford stand features a classic Ford GT suspended in the air and with three floors of models to check out, their latest reveal, the all-new GT is in the UK to wow the crowds.
International rally star and Gymkhana legend Ken Block has brought along his whopping 850hp Hoonicorn Mustang and he will also drive the all-new Ford Focus RS up the hill. Expect donuts aplenty.
Another American to cross the pond and attending for the first time is twice-winner of the Baja 1000 rally, BJ Baldwin. With a beard as insane as his monster truck, expect to see plenty of high-octane action from him on the hill and rally stage.
The world premiere of the Peugeot 308GTi is at the Festival of Speed and visitors can check out the mean looking 308 R Hybrid too. Also, head along to the Moving Motor Show which has a rare 309 Gti Goodwood Edition on display.
British racer Anthony Davidson, became World Champion last year in the World Endurance Championship and his Toyota TS040 Hybrid racer is showcased on the Japanese marque’s stand. An exclusive at Goodwood is the futuristic looking FT-1 concept sports car and if drifting is your thing then sign up to have a go in the rear-wheel drive GT86.
There are classics aplenty battling out on the lawn at the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance including a number of Citroen DS, the iconic model celebrating its 60th anniversary.
There are plenty of prizes to be won on the AA stand, test your wheel changing speed or guess how many Lego pieces make up an AA truck. Kids, or even adults can get creative at a table full of Lego.
Honda has some visual delights with the NSX supercar, the all-new Civic Type R hot hatch and the McLaren Honda Formula 1 car packaged up in enormous model car boxes and the driver of the latter, Jenson Button will be at the event on Saturday.
2007 Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, made an appearance on Friday and Felipe Massa will also be tackling the hill climb, as will current endurance racing drivers Mark Webber and Max Chilton, the latter trying out a NASCAR. The ‘King of NASCAR’ Richard Petty who has seven titles to his name can be easily spotted around the paddock in his trademark stetson.
Fresh from his Le Mans win in the LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Nico Hulkenberg will drive the car up the hill and Audi have also brought along their number 7 car, the R-18 e-tron quattro piloted by Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer.
Bike fans are catered for too with Australian Casey Stoner making an appearance, but it’s the arrival of seven-times MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi that is sure to entertain the crowds when the mercurial showman heads up the hill on Sunday.
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