Formula 1 cars once driven by Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher along with a brace of £30m Porsche Le Mans cars and Volkswagen’s cutting-edge ID.R electric racer will be among the star attractions at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Running from Thursday, July 4 until Sunday July 7, the automotive extravaganza’s theme this year is Speed Kings, Motorsport Record Breakers.
A total of 650 significant cars from the early 1900s to the present day will be on display, with many of them also in action on Goodwood’s legendary hill climb at the hands of some of motorsport’s most famous names.
More than 700 professional drivers and riders will be taking part, piloting vehicles worth an estimated £1.8 billion up the famous Hill each day.
Among the oldest vehicles to be making the run will be a 1907 Itala which drove from Peking to Paris in the first great inter-continental marathon.
From the other end of the automotive history books, VW’s Pikes Peak and Nurburgring record-setting ID.R all-electric prototype.
From the intervening 102 years will be a selection of the fastest, rarest and most iconic cars and bikes from road and track.
Fifteen of the 25 Porsche 917s, which dominated the World Sportscar Championship in the late 60s and early 70s will be in attendance, along with this year’s Le Mans-winning Toyota TS050, Niki Lauda’s F1 title-winning McLaren, Sebastian Loeb’s 2003 WRC-winning Citroen Xsara and dozens of other F1, endurance and sportscars and bikes.
Many of the most famous vehicles will be driven by equally famous drivers, with the likes of F1 champions Jackie Stewart, Mika Hakkinen and Damon Hill, rally champions Stig Blomqvist and Sebastien Ogier, endurance legend Jacky Ickx and Indycar champion Dario Franchitti taking the wheel. On two wheels MotoGP champion Casey Stoner, TT superstar John McGuinness and 15-time Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Giacomo Agostini.
The event will also see the celebration of several anniversaries. Mercedes-Benz will be celebrating 125 years in competition and Bentley marking its centennial year.
There will also be events to mark 60 years of the Mini, 50 years since Sir Jackie Stewart’s first Formula 1 world championship title, 25 years since the first of Michael Schumacher’s seven F1 drivers’ titles and 40 years of the World Rally Championship drivers’ title.
The 70th anniversary of Aston Martin’s first racing victory at Goodwood Motor Circuit is also set to be marked, with the festival’s iconic central feature dedicated to the brand and a fleet of Aston’s greatest racing cars valued at more than £100 million will make its way up the Hill each day.
As well as the iconic hill climb track there will be plenty of action around the Goodwood estate.
Gymkhana start Ken Block will be among the stunt performers putting on a show in the Goodwood Action Sports Arena, the Rally Stage will host many classic vehicles from the sport and the Future Lab will see companies from the automotive and wider technology sectors showcase their latest developments.
Where is it?
The Festival of Speed is held at Goodwood House, West Sussex.
When is it?
The festival runs from Thursday July 4 to Sunday, July 7.
How much are tickets?
Four-day passes have sold out but daily tickets for the event are still available. Adult tickets start at £39 for Thursday, rising to £58 for Friday and £70 per day for Saturday and Sunday.