The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most anticipated motorsport events of the year, and 2014's theme has now been announced.
Entitled "Addicted to Winning - The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport", 2014's theme celebrates those who have dominated their discipline throughout the history of the sport, from champion drivers and riders to unbeatable cars and dominant teams. A further celebration for Maserati's centenary year will also be held, with road car and racing collections displayed in the event's grounds and racing up the hill.
Victorious teams and drivers lauded by the Festival will include Bentley's five Le Mans wins in the 1920s, the Silver Arrows' domination of 1930s grand prix racing and Juan Manuel Fangio's five Formula 1 world titles in the 1950s. Also noted are Jim Clark and Lotus's victorious record in the 1960s golden age of Formula 1, Porsche's amazing 16 Le Mans wins between 1970 and 1998, and the World Rally Championship blitz of French driver Sebastien Loeb, who took nine straight championships. Motorcycle champions such as Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini will also feature, and you can bet Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull F1 car will appear at some point...
In addition to Maserati's centenary, several other anniversary celebrations will take place: 100 years since one of Grand Prix racing's most famous dominant victories--a 1-2-3 for Mercedes at the 1914 French GP; 60 years of the Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type, half a century since Mini's first giant-killing Monte Carlo Rally victory and 40 years since McLaren's first F1 title. If all that isn't enough, there'll be cars to admire in the supercar paddock, race cars sprinting up the hill and plenty of other automotive displays to admire on Lord March's lawn.
In addition, we can expect another spectacular sculpture to appear--following on from 2013's Porsche 911 tribute, the Lotus-themed 2012 display and 2011's Jaguar E-Type--in a tradition going back to 1997. The 2014 Festival will run from June 26-29, while Goodwood has also announced dates for the Revival meeting, due September 12-14 next year.