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Goodwood - Festival of Speed ​​2010: Motor sports take place in World Cup

Uli Jooß
Goodwood - Festival of Speed ​​2010
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V iva Veloce! - that's the motto of this year's Festival of Speed. As the name suggests, one of the main focuses this year is Italian racing cars - especially the birthday boy Alfa Romeo.

Special shows, anniversary celebrations and races non-stop

The special shows are numerous: 60 years of the Formula 1 World Championship, 60th anniversary of the Mercedes triumph at the Carrera Panamericana, 100 years of Alfa. There are current and historical Formula 1 and rally cars to see, Indianapolis racing cars and touring cars, hot rods, dragsters, record-breaking vehicles and Nascar speedsters - the Festival of Speed ​​covers everything that has ever been held under the name of motorsport on four wheels.

The appearances of the titans cause a stir every year - Alfa Romeo 8C, Bugatti Type 35, Miller racing car, Bentley Blower and of course the crowning glory - the Silver Arrows from Auto-Union and Mercedes let the mood boil .

Unique: Experience racing history live - with celebrities and racing cars

That is also what defines the Festival of Speed. The unique atmosphere in the extensive park of the Lord of March. The paddock is open to visitors, they can be there up close when the numerous racing drivers prepare and the racing cars warm up for their use. Nowhere else in the world does the experience of motorsport exert such an attraction as here in Goodwood /Sussex, UK. Nowhere else can you meet so many motorsport enthusiasts and see them in action: At the numerous races during the three days of the Festival of Speed ​​are both active and former racing drivers. Ex-Formula 1 drivers, World Rally Championship winners, World Touring Car Champions, Le Mans winners and Indianapolis winners. This year Rauno Aaltonen, Giacomo Agostini, Derek Bell, Max Biaggi, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nicola Larini, Jochen Mass, Phil Read, Stirling Moss, Kevin Schwantz, John Surtees, Bobby Unser, Björn Waldegaard, Frank Williams have announced themselves this year - If that's not enough, you can download the list of celebrity racing drivers who have registered so far as a PDF file (on the left in the box). It contains details of the drivers and when they will be seen with which car in Goodwood at the Festival of Speed.

Formula 1 drivers start in the hill climb

Jenson Button will be a McLaren MP4-25 in the hill climb on Sundaydrive, Lewis Hamilton will drive the previous MP4-24 car in the same race, Mika Häkkinen will drive various historic Mercedes racing cars on all three days of the event. Mark Webber will present his latest work device, the RedBull RB6, and Nick Heidfeld will also drive a current Formula 1 racing car. Incidentally, Heidfeld still holds the course record. In 1999 he completed the 'Hillclimb' in 41.6 seconds.

A regular guest is the Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, a real car fanatic and collector of vintage cars. He will be seen at the wheel of an Auto Union Type D. Jimmy McRae, the father of World Rally Champion Colin McRae, who was killed in an accident in 2007, will start in a Subaru Legacy and Jackie Stewart will get back into the Lotus 38 for the first time since 1965, with which Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500 in 1965 .

The Goodwood Circuit and the hill climbs

The circuit was only used for races from 1948 to 1966. Serious accidents on the demanding route led to the closure on July 2, 1966. Among other things, Stirling Moss had a serious accident here, who had to end his career after this accident. Bruce McLaren was killed 40 years ago during a test drive on the approximately 3.8-kilometer circuit.

Since 1993 the Earl of March and Kinrara has been inviting people to the Festival of Speed ​​in his spacious park in Goodwood near Chichester, West Sussex. Since then, the races have been held as hill climbs on a 1.86 kilometer route. Since 2007 there has also been a separate competition for rally cars, which takes place on a U-shaped, 2.5 kilometer long forest path. This is where rally cars like an Opel Manta 400, Lancia Stratos and Rally 037, Audi Sport Quattro and the current rally cars compete against each other.

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