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THE Earl of March, founder of the annual Festival of Speed (June 28 – July 1) and Goodwood Revival (September 14-16), has announced some of the highlights for this year’s events.

At the Festival of Speed, there will be at least seven current Formula One teams in action, including the first Goodwood appearance for double F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, along with the Red Bull racing team and his team mate Mark Webber.

The Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ is one of the world’s finest automotive concours d’elegance car design competitions and a unique gathering of vehicles will be brought together to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  All vehicles will have a direct connection with Her Majesty, with most never or rarely seen in public before. These will range from formal State limousines, through to personal cars, an aircraft and even a royal train carriage.

The Festival of Speed will honour one of Britain’s most iconic and innovative sports car brands, Lotus. The company’s past, present and future will be celebrated with the main central feature installation outside Goodwood House, plus at least 50 Lotus race and road cars in action and on display during the weekend.

The Festival will see expansions and enhancements to the Goodwood Action Sports arena, the relocation of the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition within the Festival Parkland, near the Moving Motor Show, plus the largest collection of two-stroke competition motorcycles ever assembled at the event.

Goodwood Revival highlights include an at-speed demonstration of the breathtaking Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union competition cars 75 years after their memorable race at Donington.

There will be the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Ferrari 250 GTO, with plans for a daily parade of at least half the total GTO production, plus an all-AC Cobra race to mark the first half-century of the iconic Anglo-American sports car.

Other highlights include a daily tribute to American racer Dan Gurney, 50 years after taking his first Grand Prix victory; two special races, with the Nine Hours night race, 60 years after this first Goodwood race into the dark, plus a new Goodwood competition, the Settrington Cup, being held for young drivers in Austin J40 pedal cars.

Tickets and further information for the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival can be found on the website (www.goodwood.com/motor sport), or via the ticket hotline 01243 755055.

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