Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013
If you love cars, there’s no other place to be than Goodwood House between July 12 and July 14. This year is special: It’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s 20th anniversary, and it’s an opportunity to see racing cars and motorcycles from the 19th century all the way to today’s fastest Formula 1 racers in their natural element. Here’s a look at just a handful of some of the must-see events at this 20th Anniversary Goodwood Festival of Speed:
Porsche at the Festival
This year, Goodwood is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most versatile and popular sportscar ever produced – the Porsche 911. In honor of the 911 – which debuted as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show at Frankfurt in September 1963 – the Festival of Speed has commissioned a one-off 911-inspired sculpture, to be displayed prominently outside of Goodwood House.
Look for a special class of street-going and racing 911s — covering all seven generations of Porsche’s dominance – to parade along the Goodwood Hillclimb twice a day.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed attracts the majority of the current season’s Formula 1 teams every year, and the 20th anniversary is no exception. This year, look for representation from Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Ferrari, Vodafone McLaren Racing, Lotus, Mercedes GP, Marussia and Caterham.
Current F1 drivers are always an attraction. Current competitors and former World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are scheduled to appear, as are Nico Rosberg, Roman Grosjean, Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi, Sebastian Buemi, Marc Gene, Heikki Kavolainen and Adrian Newey.
Grand Prix Masters
As exciting as the current Formula 1 drivers are to see, it’s the past Grand Prix masters that make this event a Who’s Who of motor racing. This year, look for Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, John Surtees (also astride a motorcycle) and Emerson Fittipaldi.