Festival of speed celebrates motor sport history

Key events in motor sport history will form the theme of the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The innovations will be celebrated under the title Racing Revolutions – quantum leaps that shaped motor sport.

The popular Sussex event, from July 1-3, will mark such anniversaries as the 60 years since Ferraris vanquished Alfa Romeos at Formula 1 (F1), the 30 years since the dawn of rallying’s 4×4 age and 25 years since turbocharged engines ruled in F1.

It is also 75 years since the European racing championship was won with a ground-breaking, rear-engined car and 20 years since a rotary-engined Mazda won the 24-hour Le Mans race.

The annual festival will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 with a gathering of cars and drivers that have written the history of the American motor race. It will also be 60 years since the C-type scored the first of Jaguar’s seven Le Mans victories, with the car being honoured at Goodwood.

Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Lord March said: “I am really looking forward to having so many great cars and drivers here at the Festival of Speed to celebrate our 2011 Racing Revolutions theme.

“For me it is always magical to see so many of the world’s greatest drivers, riders and machines in action.”

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