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Addicted to winning the 2014 Festival of Speed

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The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was launched on Thursday. The world’s largest motor sport garden party, which takes place deep in the West Sussex countryside, has adopted the theme: “Addicted to winning” for its 22nd running taking place from the 26th to the 29th of June.

Taking place throughout the weekend, this challenging white-knuckled course starts as a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate which then turns to sweep past the front of Goodwood House before climbing a steep and narrow Estate road bordered by flint walls and dense woodland groves towards Goodwood’s equine racecourse on top of the magnificent South Downs. The course rises over 300ft from the start line to the finish, and is very technical and challenging, putting the skills of the world’s very best drivers and riders to the ultimate test of concentration and speed.

Goodwood owner Lord March was joined at the Bonhams auction house on New Bond Street by Formula 1 legends Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees on stage; Surtees celebrating the 50th anniversary of his 1964 world title this year by announcing that he will drive a Ferrari 158 – among other cars – up the iconic 1.16-mile hillclimb. Le Mans 24 Hours victors Jochen Mass and Richard Attwood also attend the event, along Indianapolis 500 victor Kenny Brack and two-time European Trials champion motorcyclist Sammy Miller.

Among the highlights announced for the Festival of Speed were NASCAR’s most successful driver Richard ‘The King’ Petty, 15-time grand prix motorcycle world champion Giacomo Agostini and nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb all confirmed their presence at the event. Frenchman Loeb will be reacquainted with the Peugeot 208 T16 in which he shattered the Pikes Peak hillclimb record last year.

Sébastien’s drive in the 208 T16 has been granted with the kind permission of Citroën Racing, who also has him driving one of its cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hillclimb is the Festival of Speed’s principal attraction and the fastest time up the 1.16-mile course is 41.6 seconds, set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 1999.

Toyota will bring together four of its works Le Mans race cars. Toyota Racing driver Anthony Davidson will be back at Goodwood, demonstrating the TS040’s speed and handling on the hill climb course on all three days of the festival.

The original TS010, which campaigned in the 24-hour race in 1992 and 1993, will be joined by the svelte and formidably powerful TS020 – better known as the Toyota GT-One – one of the most advanced machines of its day. The first racing Toyota to be computer designed, it broke new ground with its carbon fiber monocoque chassis and twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering around 600bhp.
Toyota returned to Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 with the TS030 Hybrid, a car which showcased how advanced hybrid power technology can successfully be applied to the highest levels of international motorsport. In two seasons of racing it garnered five pole positions and 10 podium finishes, including five race victories.

Toyota is still working to secure its elusive first Le Mans victory, and Toyota Racing has entered two of the new TS040 Hybrid cars for this year’s contest, as part of a full FIA World Endurance Championship campaign. The new car’s Festival of Speed debut will follow hard on its Le Mans debut over the weekend of the 14th and 15th of June.

There will also be a first festival appearance for Toyota Motorsport’s TMG EV P002, the mighty 470hp electric car. Race-prepared with help from Pikes Peak veteran Rod Millen, the open-cockpit car bettered the existing course best by more than two minutes, with Japanese driver Fumio Nutahara stopping the clock at 10:15.380.

Away from the hill climb, the festival’s rally stage will welcome the Imperial Toyota Hilux that netted a class victory and fourth place overall in this year’s Dakar Rally in South America, piloted by Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz.

Already confirmed for the event are Björn Waldegård, master of the famed Group B Celica TA64 in the mid-1980s, and David Llewellin, who drove a Celica GT-Four to back-to-back British Rally Championship titles in 1989 and 1990.

Power and dramatic speed will be showcased by the new Bentley Continental GT3 race car on Goodwood’s famous hill run throughout the three day Festival. The 600 bhp GT3, powered by a race-going version of Bentley’s powerful and efficient 4.0 litre V8 engine, is primed to spearhead the company’s return to top-level motorsport in the Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe this summer.

Legendary Bentley performance from another era comes in the form of a car affectionately known as ‘Old Number 1’. The Speed Six Bentley won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 with Woolf Barnato partnering Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin (1929) and Glen Kidston (1930) as well as winning at Brooklands.

This unique racing car will be joined by two more Speed Six Bentleys. ‘Old Number 2’ and ‘Old Number 3’ are both in their original form and raced alongside Old No.1 at Le Mans in 1930. Only rarely seen together since their racing days, these three fabled Bentleys will be reunited at Goodwood.

Mini will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of rally legend, Paddy Hopkirk, winning the 1964 Monte Carlo rally in a Mini Cooper. Paddy will be on the Mini stand to answer questions about his famous victory and sign autographs.

As featured marque, Mercedes will display historic race cars atop the hallmark Gerry Judah sculpture that forms the centerpiece of the festival layout in front of Goodwood House.

At least eleven significant Mercedes racers, including the 1914 car that notched-up the marque’s first-ever race win in France on the eve of the First World War, will be at Goodwood. Other famous three-pointed star racers provisionally confirmed for the Festival include W125 and W165 single-seaters from the 1930s, a CLK GTR, and a McLaren MP4-19, the latter from Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey’s personal collection.

Maserati’s slot will be a special display in the Stables area at Goodwood House where a unique 20 car collection of Maserati racers will mark the Modena nameplate’s centenary. On view alongside a pair of iconic 250F single-seaters, famous as Fangio’s steer, will be a rare 1926 Tipo 26B, a 4CM, 4CLT and a modern-era MC12.

Not to be outdone, British marque Jaguar will be represented by a collection of rare D-Type endurance racers. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Type’s first Le Mans victory in 1954 and Jaguar’s heritage collection is expected to bring along D-type chassis Number One, a rare outing for this priceless example.

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