Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017-Event Preview
We at SADCASE are so close to Goodwood and as many members will be at the Festival of Speed we take a look at what is on at this year's FOS....The lawns are now mown, the house prepared, and an enormous statue of Bernie Ecclestone is being gently raised by a pack of mules. Probably. It's all in preparation for Britain’s best weekend of motoring. The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is almost upon us and here is what to expect if you plan on heading down to show next weekend.
As recently reported, ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will be celebrated via Goodwood’s trademark central feature which graces the front of Goodwood House every year. His influence on the biggest genre in motor racing over the last 40 years is peerless, turning Formula 1 from just another racing series into an international multi-billion pound empire. The statue will feature cars from all walks of Bernie's life, as driver, team manager, and 'legend', celebrating his achievements in all aspects of his life and career and paying homage to the legacy he has left behind.
Goodwood organisers have also revealed who will be driving up the famous hill, and as ever the line-up is a bona fide 'who's who' of the motorsport world, with pretty much ever discipline represented.
Formula One drivers this year include Robert Kubica, Valtteri Bottas and reigning champion Nico Rosberg, driving for Renault and Mercedes. It's Kubica's first public drive of an F1 car since his severe accident in 2011. He'll be driving the RenaultSport E20 F1 car.
The central theme of this year is 'Peaks of Performance - Motorsport's Game-changers', and will pay homage to cars so dominant, technically advanced, fast or expensive that rules had to be created to rein them in - think Group B cars, ground-effect F1 cars or some of the wilder sports cars that have dominated racing over the years.
With iconic racing cars like some Group B Mercedes-Benz W125 racers and the astounding 1,500bhp Porsche 917/30 that brought Can-Am racing to its knees, the 2017 Festival of Speed is sure to be one of the best years yet. Modern car manufacturers have also started confirming what they will be offering at the show this year, keep scrolling reading to get the low down.
Organisers have confirmed that supercars will perform hill climb runs on the opening day of the festival, a feature usually reserved for the weekend. Visitors will also be able to see the cars up close in the paddock, with a strong Formula 1 contingent due to be in attendance as well.
Additionally the Moving Motor Show will be in action on the hill, putting the latest road cars through their paces. And some lucky guests will be allowed behind the wheel
What a good four days that are ahead of us....Enjoy!