Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: highlights to look out for

This weekend’s 25th anniversary Festival of Speed will feature the biggest and best selection of classic cars and star drivers ever. Here are our top picks…

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The forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed will celebrate its silver anniversary in style, by featuring the most diverse and exciting cars and drivers in the event’s history. We can’t wait to see the following highlights at the July 12-15 event…

Important things to remember? Get there early, as early as you possibly can, because traffic builds up quickly. The car parks open at 6.30am and the gates open at 7am. Action starts at 8.30am so use the first 90 minutes to wander around the paddocks watching preparations.

Wear comfy shoes! For the best experience walk up the hill to the rally stage (though shuttles are also available). There's a point at which the hillclimb is on your left, and the rally stage on your right – and if your spine doesn't tingle at that point then you're probably not human.

Keep a close eye on the timetable. And, though we're loath to say it, if you want crashes then sit yourself down at Molecomb corner, which is where even the professional come unstuck. Also, look out for the following highlghts...

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Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang

Steve McQueen’s rediscovered Bullitt Mustang will make its European debut during the Festival of Speed. Immortalised when McQueen drove it in an epic road chase in the classic Warner Bros film, and thought lost forever until earlier this year, the 1968 ’Stang will tackle the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hillclimb course in front of cheering fans of both the car and the movie.

See here to find out more about the celebrated car.

Porsche 70th anniversary

Porsche will mark its 70th anniversary at Goodwood by becoming the first manufacturer to ever to create the central display, featuring the famed Jerry Judah sculpture, at the Festival three times.

The sports car marque’s anniversary will also see a parade of important Porsche road and race cars in action on the Goodwood Hillclimb, with participants including the 1948 356 No 1 from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, and the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, winner of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Find out more about the cars to be seen in action and on display here.

Lotus 70th anniversary

Brit brand Lotus will also celebrate its 70th anniversary at the Festival of Speed. It’s gearing up to mark decades of innovation and heritage by showcasing its unique legacy with celebrated historics, race-winning Formula 1 cars and its latest sports offerings.

Jim Clark’s World Championship-winning Lotus 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship-winning 49 and Ayrton Senna’s first F1 race winner, the 97T, are all confirmed, while the revolutionary Type 56 and gas turbine Indycar will also take place in demonstration runs.

The official charity of this year’s Festival is the Jim Clark Trust, and the 50th anniversary of the legendary racer’s tragic death at Hockenheim circuit will be marked with a special unveiling.

See more about Lotus’ 70th FoS celebrations here.

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Supercar Paddock

The Michelin Supercar Paddock will feature the usual stunning line-up of exotica, which can then also be seen in action as individual exhibits make their way up the famous Hillclimb.

Our favourites so far include Brabham’s debut hypercar the BT62, the Ferrari Portofino, the fastest-ever road-going Lotus the Evora GT430, and the long-awaited Porsche 911 collaboration between Singer and Williams Advanced Engineering.

Also look out for the 769bhp Apollo Intensa Emozione track car, the 263mph Boreas hypercar and the Koenigsegg Agera RSN – one of the world’s fastest production cars.

Read all about each supercar here to find out more details.

Land Rover 70th anniversary

Goodwood will mark yet another 70th celebration – this time for Land Rover. The event will stage a special parade of 70 cars, including an original Range Rover and one of the final Defenders.

The parade will take place on Thursday July 12, the Festival’s opening day, to commemorate 70 years since the Land Rover launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. Among other models, it will feature Bob and Joe Ives’s Camel Trophy Defender, the first 1947 Land Rover prototype Hue 166 and the Series II 1959 Land Rover African Expedition.

The manufacturer’s modern line-up will be represented in the parade by a current Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport, plus a Range Rover Sport PHEV, Evoque and Velar.

We’ve got more on the Land Rover 70th display here.

Motorsport stars to drive

A glittering line-up of drivers at the FoS will include Formula 1, rally, motorbike and even cycle racing stars. Watch out for Jenson Button in a 1968 Honda RA301, Sir Jackie Stewart in his world championship-winning Matra MS80, Tyrrell 003 and Tyrrell 006, and Emerson Fittipaldi, Stoffel Vandoorne and new McLaren boss Gil de Ferran in a classic McLaren M23 (not all at once!).

Martin Brundle will pilot a Cooper T43 and Eagle-Weslake T1G, and Rene Arnoux will display a Renault RS01. Valtteri Bottas and current Formula 2 championship leader George Russell are set to drive a 2016 Mercedes W07 Hybrid, and two-times champ Mika Hakkinen will also be present.

Further names include Bernd Schneider, Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn and Gwyndaf Evans, Walter Rohrl, Robert Kubica, Giacomo Agostini, Carl Fogarty, Jonathan Rea, Randy Mamola, Maria Costello, Derek Bell, Neel Jani, John Cleland, Andrew Jordan, Colin Turkington, Sir Chris Hoy and ‘The King’ Richard Petty. Phew!

More details on the drivers here.

Bonhams auction

This year's auction (based behind Goodwood House] at the Festival of Speed includes several really high-profile cars, including the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato expected to fetch a record amount for a British car sold at auction in the UK and Europe, as well as the BMW 507 owned from new by John Surtees.

Viewing takes place on Thursday and the Friday morning, with opening hours 10am to 5.30pm on Thursday, 9am to 6pm. Entry is by catalogue, which can be bought at the door.

For the full listing of Bonhams cars, click here.

Goodwood is about the future as well as the past!

The ground-breaking, remote-control ispace rover is set to make its UK debut at the Festival. Developed for ispace’s anticipated 2021 Moon landing, and forming part of the FoS Future Lab, an interactive exhibition that highlights key future technology trends, the innovative Japanese four-wheeled Rover will offer attendees an interactive glimpse into the future of space exploration.

There's also the first ever autonomous run up the hillclimb – in a distinctly unfuturistic 1965 Mustang!

See more on the Future Lab here.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15 at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England. Some tickets are still available here and remember that entry is by advance ticket only.

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