What to see at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend
Thursday 01 July 2010
The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place this weekend in the UK, promising something for all the family in the splendid surroundings of the English countryside.
For many members of the public, the chance to witness celebrities and professional drivers attempt the Goodwood Hill Climb will be the principal attraction - the grueling course covers 1.16 miles (1.86 kilometers), rising 300 ft (91.44 meters) along a steep and narrow estate road.
No fewer than 300 cars every day are expected to complete the course, grouped thematically, with the oldest first.
The show will host the public world debut of the McLaren MP4-12C and the Jaguar XKR 75, and UK debuts of the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa, the Ferrari 458 Italia, Spyker C-8 Aileron and Veritas RS III.
Goodwood is known for attracting the cream of racing, and this year is no different - guests should haunt the Top paddock, where drivers have to get out of their cars, for a chance of mingling with drivers.
Both Current Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be faces to spot, along with Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Murray Walker.
Members of the public can also check out new technology on show at FoS-Tech, which will feature the Vauxhall/Opel Ampera (a rebadged Chevy Volt), the Audi e-tron, Citroen ReVolte, and the Rinspeed UC? concepts.
For those content to just amble, the paddocks allow public access to the vehicles on display, with many major brands hosted in the exhibition area.
Separately, the Sunday Times paddock features supercars, historic cars can be found the in Cathedral paddock, the Cartier Lawn will showcase the cars competing in the Concours d'Elegance and the Cricket Pitch hosts some of the more unusual displays at the exhibition.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs July 2 - 4 at Goodwood House, West Sussex, in the United Kingdom.
View the interactive map here: http://www.goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed/event-explorer/interactive-map.aspx
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