The 2016 Festival of Speed theme is “Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power”, celebrating the most epic machinery ever to grace the race tracks of the world. This year’s Festival will feature the racing machines that, more than any others, have pushed the power envelope, and the intrepid pilots who tamed them.
From monstrous aero-engined leviathans to flame-spitting turbo F1 cars, titanic pre-war Silver Arrows to thundering Can-Am monsters, and fearsome two-stroke Grand Prix bikes to brutal Group B rally cars, the 2016 Festival will feature cars and motorcycles which prove beyond doubt that, where power is concerned, bigger really is better.
Alongside this central theme, the 2016 Festival will pay tribute to BMW’s rich motorsport heritage, as the German manufacturer marks its centenary, with an amazing line-up of cars and bikes. Also celebrated will be 50 years since the inaugural Can-Am championship and the first of the GT40’s four Le Mans win.
This year the Festival of Speed will be celebrating James Hunt, a motoring legend, full of charm, determination and desire to win, once described by Niki Lauda as ‘the most charismatic personality there has ever been in Formula 1’, and the embodiment of the 2016 theme, “Full Throttle: The Endless Pursuit of Power”. Examples of every significant car Hunt raced during his career will be here on the hallowed ground of Goodwood House, including the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf cars he raced in Formula 1, plus touring, sports and junior formulae cars, and even his beloved A35 road car!
Festival of Speed founder Lord March said: ‘This year’s Festival will see the wildest, fastest, craziest, baddest cars and bikes ever to ascend the Goodwood Hill. Not to mention of course the heroes that tamed those mighty machines. There will be lots of noise, speed, color and, of course, power. That’s what the Festival of Speed’s all about. I’m really excited about it and hope it will be an absolutely spectacular and memorable weekend.’’
Already confirmed for 2016 are, Grand Prix winners Rene Arnoux, Tony Brooks, Jenson Button, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jochen Mass, Sir Stirling Moss, Riccardo Patrese, John Surtees and Mark Webber, Le Mans winners Richard Attwood, Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro and Vern Schuppan, plus sports car legend Brian Redman, Motorcycle champions Giacomo Agostini, Troy Corser, Eddie Lawson and Sammy Miller, Rallycross stars Ken Block, Liam and Pat Doran, Indy winner Kenny Brack, NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte and legendary team owner Richard Childress, and Touring car stars Fabrizio Giovanardi, Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden and Steve Soper.
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