Jackie Ickx, Nick Mason and Rubens Barrichello can boast having at least two things in common: firstly they all regularly drive the most beautiful and fastest sports cars in the world and secondly, once a year they all meet up with one hundred years of motoring history in the south of England. Because that is when Lord March invites everyone to the Festival of Speed. For just under 100,000 spectators, a unique experience; for the drivers, the nicest way to look back on the good old days...
One of the world's most distinguished classic car events, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, will be held for the ninth time this year. Lord March has been gathering the crème de la crème of motoring on his estate in the south of England since 1992 now. More than 100,000 spectators watched the last mountain race, which isn't really one at all, as the approximately 3-kilometre long course stands out not so much on account of excessive gradients, but rather its narrowness. A tight spot for today's Formula 1 racing drivers, quite literally.
All the same, this year's list of participants shines with big names. In addition to numerous legends from the past 50 years, current top-class drivers also take their place behind the wheel. This year, Lord March has invited Rubens Barrichello, Benetton driver Jenson Button and BMW-Williams driver Juan-Pablo Montoya to Goodwood. Exciting races have therefore been catered for.
Classic Driver has chatted with numerous stars and, of course, Lord March about the success of the Festival and will be showing the best videos of the previous year to get you in the mood for this unique motoring event:
To start one of the films, simply click with the mouse on the corresponding photograph:
You can watch more videos here:
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2000 racing movies