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Festival of Speed 2014 VIDEO: Thousands watch racing legends at Goodwood

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  • by Amie Gordon
 

AS the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 drew to a close, Lord March thanked thousands of spectators for supporting the event.

People watched as celebrities and racing legends past and present took to the track, including Kimi Räikkönen, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Sébastien Loeb, Jay Kay, Mark Webber and Jenson Button, among others.

Ferrari Formula 1 legends, John Surtees and Kimi Raikkonen, were united for a unique moment on the iconic 1.16-mile hillclimb on Sunday.

The 50th anniversary of Surtees’ 1964 F1 title was marked with a special run up the hill in his Ferrari 164 in tandem with Raikkonen’s 2007 title-winning F2007 that the Finn drove right behind him.

Current title contender Lewis Hamilton performed pirouettes in front of Goodwood House in his Mercedes F1 machine – formerly raced by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher – while Damon Hill was reunited with the Williams FW18-Renault in which he claimed the 1996 title.

British MotoGP aces Bradley Smith and Scott Redding jetted in overnight from the Dutch TT at Assen to entertain fans of two-wheeled motor sport.

Joe Twyman, 27, raced a Lec CRP1 1977 and said the competition on Sunday was ‘firece’.

“I’ve been racing since I was 17, and doing FOS for about eight years now,” he said.

“Racing isn’t a profession, but a hobby for me. I’m up against some incredible cars so there’s real competition on the track.”

Female British racing driver Lorina McLaughlin told the Observer: “I’ve been racing all my life, and come to Goodwood every year.

“I was taken to a race when I was 13 or 14 and decided then that’s what I wanted to do.”

Lorina - who has won the hillclimb in previous years - did it in 53.12s.

For all the pictures, see this week’s Chichester Observer (July 3).

 

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