Friday, 21 March 2014
The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was launched on Thursday with a media reception in central London that featured some of motor sport’s most legendary figures.
The world’s largest motor sport garden party, which takes place deep in the West Sussex countryside, has adopted the theme: “Addicted to winning” for its 22nd running on June 26-29 this year.
Goodwood owner Lord March was joined at the Bonhams auction house on New Bond Street by Formula 1 legends Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees on stage; Surtees celebrating the 50th anniversary of his 1964 world title this year by announcing that he will drive a Ferrari 158 – among other cars – up the iconic 1.16-mile hillclimb.
Le Mans 24 Hours victors Jochen Mass and Richard Attwood also attend the event, along with the man that put Mini on the motor sport map – 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk – Indianapolis 500 victor Kenny Brack, two-time European Trials champion motorcyclist Sammy Miller and current Toyota Le Mans driver Anthony Davidson.
Among the highlights announced for the Festival of Speed were NASCAR’s most successful driver Richard ‘The King’ Petty, 15-time grand prix motorcycle world champion Giacomo Agostini and nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb all confirming their presences. Frenchman Loeb will be reacquainted with the Peugeot 208 T16 in which he shattered the Pikes Peak hillclimb record last year.
Honda confirmed that it will use the Festival of Speed to give the brand-new NSX its world debut while it was also announced that the Michelin Supercar Run will be run against the clock for the first time, adding an exciting new dimension to the event.