Cars and stars trill at Goodwood

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OVER 150,000 spectators were thrilled by the action at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, write Colin and James Beckett.

The three-day spectacular at Goodwood House in West Sussex again attracted the great and the good of the motorsport world, with many of them demonstrating famous racing cars on the Goodwood Hill, a road that runs throughout the estate owned by the event founder, Lord March.

A packed paddock of F1 cars on show included a Ferrari that was driven by former Buckingham University student Marc Gene.

Representing the Italian team, Gene demonstrated the Scuderia’s 2009 Grand Prix winner on all three days of the Festival.

He said: “Goodwood is a remarkable event. Fans can get so close to the cars and see everything at close quarters.

“The opportunity to witness a Grand Prix car going so fast in such surroundings is very rare and it great fun to drive here.

“I have been fortunate to drive for Ferrari at Goodwood for several years and I really enjoy driving the F1 car here in Britain.

“Many of my friends from the Buckingham area came to see me and I was really pleased to see them.”

Joining Gene on the Goodwood Hill was James Wood, who was representing the Arash company in the event’s Supercar section.

Wood also drove the Arash GT on all three days of the event, demonstrating the striking car at high-speed.

He said: “Arash have built a great car and the opportunity for them to showcase their product at the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been very good.

“This car has a superb level of performance and I am sure that the crowds enjoyed seeing such a great looking GT Supercar.”

Also on the Goodwood Hill was Queenie Louwman, who was at the wheel of a Lagonda owned by the Dutch Louwman Museum.

The former Le Mans 24-Hour Race car was driven by Louwman on each day of the Festival.

She said: “I hadn’t driven the Lagonda before I arrived at Goodwood. It is a lovely car and as always it has been great fun to be part of such a special weekend of motorsport.”

Former national rally champions, Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield, entertained the crowds on the Goodwood Rally Stage in their Subaru Impreza WRC.

The duo from Whittlebury and Blakesley were making their Festival of Speed debut, while Buckingham’s Fabrication Techniques Racing had two of their FTR Moto machines demonstrated to the crowds in the motorcycle section of the event.