GOODWOOD MOVES UP A GEAR AS THE FESTIVAL OF SPEED ACHIEVES NEW HEIGHTS IN 2010

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Moving Motor ShowWith the annual Festival of Speed and inaugural Moving Motor Show now over, Goodwood is reflecting on a hugely successful weekend that attracted an amazing record 176,000+ spectators, making this one of the largest public events of any description in the UK and Europe. Below is a brief snapshot of highlights from a very memorable weekend at Goodwood. Moving Motor Show: This inaugural event met with an extremely positive response from the vehicle manufacturers and visiting public alike. During the day there as an unfortunate incident when a manufacturer’s driver was taken ill at the wheel, resulting in four people being treated for minor injuries at Goodwood’s on-site First Aid Centre. Afterwards, test drives on the Goodwood Hill were able to continue for the remainder of the day. Many manufacturers reported taking orders for new cars during the Moving Motor Show, including a number of £100,000+ supercars, and many have already expressed their intention to return for the 2011 event, including a couple that did not participate in this year’s show. Formula 1:The F1 drivers and teams put on a great show for the Festival visitors with spectacular demonstrations of car control on cars old and new. Both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton got to drive Alain Prost’s 1986 championship-winning McLaren MP4/2C, with reigning F1 World Champion Button saying “this has been the best day of my life” after his drive. Other current F1 drivers in action at Goodwood included Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandock, who said that he was looking forward to the Festival so much that if Lord March hadn’t invited him to drive, he would have bought a ticket as a spectator anyway! As well as current F1 teams and drivers, past stars and cars were in action to help celebrate 60 years of the F1 championship, including Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen and Emmerson Fittipaldi. ForestRally Stage: Festival of Speed first-timer Ken Block was on stellar form in his Ford Focus WRC, flinging his car around with abandon both on the Goodwood Hill and around the Forest Rally Stage. Other rallying stars demonstrating phenomenal car control at the Festival included Jean Ragnotti doing multiple 360 degree spins up the Goodwood Hill in his Renault R5 Turbo Maxi, plus Skoda star Freddy Loix and Lancia legend Miki Biasion putting on a great show throughout the weekend. Cars, Stars and Guitars: Celebrated guitarists and avid car enthusiasts Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Jeff Beck and Blues legend Jimmie Vaughn wowed the Festival crowds as they played live in front of Goodwood House, surrounded by their cool custom cars and a full supporting band. Over on the Goodwood Cricket Pitch these guitarists iconic cars – including CadZZilla – were joined by Eric Clapton’s custom ’49 Ford and a wild Auburn Speedster owned by Metallica frontman James Hetfield, as well as a display of each musician’s personal signature guitar. A bespoke Johnnie Walker pirate radio show accompanied a fascinating collection of 20 cars featured in songs as well. Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’: Judging was frantic in this annual automotive design concours, with George Lucas, Natalia Vodianora, Yasmin Le Bon and many other star judges finally declaring the stunning Pinifarina-bodied 1954 Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta to be the overall winner, against some very stiff competition, including a class of 1930s Alfa Romeo 8Cs and post-War Tipo 33s. The Cartier Lawn had the added attraction of ‘The Magnificent Seven’, a collection of desirable Ferraris owned by radio presenter Chris Evans, with five of the seven resprayed in dazzling white to help raise funds for the BBC Children In Need charity. Hillclimb Action: Hundreds of great cars, motorcycles, drivers and riders took to the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb during the Festival weekend. Highlights including Sir Jackie Stewart driving the famous Indy 500-winning Lotus 38/1, which hadn’t turned a wheel in 45 years since Jim Clark drove it to an historic victory in 1965, as well as Mike Skinner doing an impressive burn-out for the entire length of the Hill in his NASCAR Toyota Camry. Sunday afternoon saw the fastest timed cars shoot up the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb against the clock in an exciting timed run which was broadcast live on Sky Sports 4. Festival stalwart Roger Wills took fastest time of the weekend at the wheel of a Williams-Cosworth FW05, with strong competition coming from Anthony Reid in a Lola T163 and Johnny Milner in his Toyota Celica. Other attractions over the Festival weekend including an elegant Central Feature installation outside Goodwood House to honour Alfa Romeo’s centenary, plus a run of the very latest supercars and interesting low-emission vehicles, spectacular air displays by the Vulcan bomber and Red Arrows, some stunning bike runs by many top motorcycle riders, including jaw-dropping tricks performed by trials legend Dougie Lampkin and Irish stunt rider Mattie Griffin on his BMW bike, plus a host of new model debuts in the Supercar Run, FoS-TECH and manufacturers exhibition stands. All-in-all, the competitors and spectators agreed that the 2010 Festival of Speed was a truly wonderful weekend of entertainment. With so much to see and do, the spectator feedback suggested that this was the best of the 18 Festival of Speed events to date. Lord March and his team are already hard at work planning the 2011 Festival, although before that they will be kept busy with the 2010 Goodwood Revival, which takes place this year from 17-19 September.Tags: