LEGENDARY drivers and cars are preparing for summer’s largest motor sport garden party.
The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was launched in style on Thursday, with a media reception featuring motor racing’s most famous faces.
The theme for the 22nd festival is ‘Addicted to Winning’, and spectators can expect to see some of the fastest cars take on the iconic Goodwood hill climb in July.
Lord March was joined at the Bonham’s auction house in London by Formula 1 legends Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees.
The festival will also pay tribute to 120 years of achievement in motor sport by Mercedes-Benz, with a central feature in its honour.
A spokesman for Goodwood said: “This year, the feature, designed by sculpture Gerry Judah, will be the most architecturally challenging and spectacular installation ever seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and is sure to be a visual highlight.”
This year is also the centenary of the victory in the 1914 French Grand Prix on the dust-covered roads around Lyon, where Mercedes racers beat Peugeot to record an historic one-two-three finish.
“The theme of this year’s Festival of Speed is Addicted to Winning and very few manufacturers embody that philosophy like Mercedes-Benz,” said Lord March.
“To have been at the forefront of motor sport for 120 years is extraordinary and we’re proud to honour them with our most spectacular central feature ever in 2014.”
Le Mans 24 Hour victors Jochen Mass and Richard Attwood also attended Thursday’s event, along with the man who 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 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.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 is set to take place from June 26-29.
For tickets to the event visit www.goodwood.co.uk