Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 theme announced
Goodwood has announced the theme for this year’s Festival of Speed, which takes place from June 29 to July 2. It is “Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers” and it encompasses a celebration of the racing machines that were so fast, powerful, expensive or complicated that the rules had to be changed to rein them in. These are the sort of famed cars that Goodwood refers to as the high watermarks of motorsport; cars and motorcycles that left an indelible mark on the history of the sport.That means this year’s Festival of Speed will showcase the greatest examples of this theme, including monstrous unlimited sports cars, 1930s-era 750kg Grand Prix cars, Group B rally monsters, as well as a breathtaking array of Formula One machinery from the ground-effect aerodynamics and turbocharged years. Alongside this central theme, the 2017 Festival will also feature the usual glittering array of cars and motorcycles - together with many of the original drivers and riders who tamed them - from a huge variety of disciplines, further enhancing the Festival of Speed’s reputation as an event unlike any other in the world. Before that is the 75th Members’ Meeting at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on March 18 and 19, featuring superb historic racing as well as high-speed demonstrations. Although it’s nominally for members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC), a limited number of tickets is also on sale to the public.The 75th Members' Meeting will celebrate some of the most competitive and exciting touring cars ever to race, 30 years since the inaugural World Touring Car Championship took place in 1987.
Running for a single year in 1987, the WTCC was open to cars complying with the FIA’s Group A regulations. The championship featured famed drivers such as Roberto Ravaglia, Emanuele Pirro and Johnny Cecotto in BMW M3s battling with the Ford Sierra RS500s of German aces Klaus Ludwig and Klaus Niedzwiedz and British Touring Car Championship frontrunners Steve Soper and Andy Rouse. The Group A regulations helped spawn numerous unlikely, but superb, racers, and the demonstrations will highlight the diversity of the era, with Rover SD1s, Jaguar XJSs, Ford Mustangs and Volvo 240 Turbos sharing the Goodwood asphalt alongside the M3s and RS500s.
Goodwood Road Racing Club Members and racegoers will witness two batches of Group A greats, with the early Group A machines, including BMW 635s, Jaguar XJSs, Rover SD1s and Volvo 240 Turbos, in one and the younger RS500s, M3s and Alfa Romeo 75s on track in a later demonstration.
Later in the year it’s the turn of the Revival, the supreme celebration of pre-1966 racing machinery, along with a truly historic feel due to the crowd entering the spirit and dressing in period clothing.
This year’s Goodwood Revival takes place on September 8-10. As with the Festival of Speed, the date has been changed from those mentioned provisionally.
The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be from June 29 to July 2.