Goodwood set for glorious weekend

Marc Gene at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Marc Gene at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The world famous Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place this weekend, with Lewis Hamilton describing it as ‘one of the best motoring events in the world’.

Hosted by Lord March at his West Sussex estate, the Festival of Speed annually attracts thousands of spectators. With many current F1 drivers scheduled to attend, action on the Hill – the main driveway to the Goodwood House – will witness some memorable action.

Hamilton is attending to demonstrate a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow, and the British racer is looking forward to taking part. He said this week: “After the stress of a Grand Prix weekend, the Goodwood Festival of Speed offers drivers and teams a very different event to become involved with.

“It is possible for fans to get very close to the action and I really enjoy meeting everyone and showing them the sights and sounds of a Formula 1 car up close.

“I think every driver who receives an invitation to drive at Goodwood is thrilled to open the letter from Lord March. I can’t wait for this weekend, the Festival of Speed looks like being another amazing event.”

Aside from F1 cars, crowds will be treated to displays by sportscars, single seater, GT cars and famous American NASCAR machines. Motorcycles will also play their part, and former world champion, Freddie Spencer, will be in action.

James Wood will also be in action, driving a GT car as well as a number of cars from the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands.

Marc Gene will miss the festival so the Ferrari F1 will instead be driven by current F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen.