THE theme for the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 28 to July 1) is ‘Young Guns – Born to Win’, celebrating drivers and riders and designers and engineers whose supreme talent and insatiable thirst for speed shocked the establishment, bringing them instant superstar status.
Throughout motor sport history, an elite group of newcomers have announced their arrival on the world stage with performances so stunning as to rewrite the status quo. From Bernd Rosemeyer and Mike Hawthorn to Emerson Fittipaldi and Lewis Hamilton, Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi, to Henri Toivonen and Colin McRae, all made an impact that was as immediate as it is indelible.
The Festival of Speed will celebrate the careers of these overnight sensations – some of whom fulfilled their full promise, others who shone briefly before fading; but all of whom secured their own special place in motor sport’s rich tapestry.
Alongside this central theme, the Festival will mark the 60th anniversary of Lotus Engineering. Inspired by Colin Chapman, this small British company utilised unparalleled technical ingenuity to dominate all levels of motor sport, from club racing to Formula 1, creating an enduring legacy. A spectacular collection of winning Lotus cars, from F1, Indycars, saloons and sports cars, will be a key attraction at the Festival.
The event will also feature a glittering array of cars and motorcycles from a variety of disciplines, further enhancing the Goodwood event’s reputation as the world’s greatest celebration of motor racing history and culture. Tackling the famous Goodwood hillclimb will be everything from early Grand Prix and endurance machines to off-road and contemporary racers and racing motorcycles.
Complementing the overall Festival of Speed theme will be a host of other attractions. Festival-goers will be able to admire some of the most stylish vehicles ever designed at the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance, see the very latest road cars at the Moving Motor Show exhibition, glimpse into the future of transportation at FoS-TECH, see many of motor sport’s famous faces up close, swoon at the mouth-watering display of supercars, witness the exciting sideways action on the Forest Rally Stage, and become a part of the action at the off-road activity fields and Junior Festival of Speed. The hugely popular Goodwood Action Sports will return for 2012 as well.
As in previous years, admission to the Festival of Speed, plus the Goodwood Revival (September 14-16) and Moving Motor Show (June 28) will be by advance ticket only. Tickets and further information from www.goodwood.com/motor sport or via the Ticket Hotline 01243 755055.