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2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview

By raccars Published

The Goodwood Festival of Speed gets underway this weekend – and with the event celebrating its 20th year, the expected 185,000 visitors over the weekend are all set for a real treat.

This year, the theme is centered around the Porsche 911, which is 50 in 2013. The iconic central feature sculpture will thus be 911-themed: we don’t yet know what it will look like but, as is always the case, we do know it will be incredible. Be sure to make a beeline for it on Friday 12 July, the opening day of the Festival. Porsche is bringing along a whole host of iconic 911s too, including the special Project 50 racing car which as we speak is driving from Scotland down to Goodwood visiting as many race circuits as it can en route.

The Project 50 racer will be in action, but so will an incredible array of other cars, from modern F1 racers to vintage cars form the turn of the last century. This is the centerpiece of the Festival – on-track action is at its heart. F1 stars such as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will actually driving the F1 cars up the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill too – you can’t get more authentic than that!

The Porsche 911 isn’t the only car celebrating a major birthday at FoS either. Lamborghini is 50 this year, as is McLaren, while the WRC rally championship is 60 and the Le Mans race is 90. Expect headturning displays and events through the weekend to mark these landmarks.

There are some amazing cars too: this weekend will be the public’s first opportunity to see the McLaren P1 hypercar in action, and the Peugeot 208 T16 will also be on display fresh from its stunning Pikes Peak hillclimb time.

Dozens of other tasty supercars such as the Jaguar Project 7, Peugeot Onyx and Vuhl 05 will also be there too: and if all that isn’t your thing, look out for demonstrations from the world’s most fuel efficient production car to date, VW’s XL1.

Big new launch at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show presented by RAC Cars

RAC Cars will also be a headline star at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. We are supporting the Moving Motor Show presented by RAC Cars and are planning to present the latest exciting developments from our team just before doors open on Thursday 11 July.

The Moving Motor Show is a fantastic opportunity unique to Goodwood: it lets members of the public drive the latest road cars on the iconic Goodwood hill. All the latest new models are there, including some genuine hot-off-the-press cars like the new VW Golf GTI. Be sure to get in early if you want to drive your favourite…

If you can’t be there, don’t worry – we’ll bring you all the news on RAC Cars during the weekend. Look out for RAC patrols and other members of the team because the RAC is a sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed as well.

RAC Members are in for a special treat reserved just for them: they’ll get access to a special RAC Member Lounge located within the Goodwood grounds. All they need to do is present their RAC Membership card… so please don’t forget it!

Visiting Goodwood Festival of Speed

If you want to go along to the Goodwood Festival of Speed but don’t have a ticket, it’s probably now too late. The 185,000 visitors number is actually capped – such is the demand, the organisers could pack many more in. This means you should be prepared for a few queues when you approach the Chichester race circuit: try route planning on RAC Travel to find some alternative ways in. Also remember where you park your car – the car parks are grassy fields and row upon row of motors soon blends into one…

You won’t be bored and won’t be short of choices for food and drink. There’s always lots of places to buy essentials such as suncream too, while it’s take your pick if you forget your sunhat – any choice of race team cap is on offer…

Don’t forget about the need to carry anything you buy in the memorabilia stands and autojumbles back to your car, though. The long walk back is the last thing you want at the start of the day!

Finally, don’t forget to tweet. The official recommended hashtag is simply #fos, with Porsche’s celebrations for the 911 carrying the #porschegoodwood tag. RAC Cars will be there in force too so look out for us during the weekend and be sure to tweet us on @RAC_Cars.

Other attractions at Goodwood Festival of speed

Luxury car auction

Bonham’s will hold its 21st annual Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on 12 July with one incredible highlight – the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio to two Grand Prix wins and that year’s World Championship. It’s going to sell for big money – think, well over £10 million…

In all, there are 60 cars and 250 lots, with more down to earth interest coming in the shape of the first right-hand drive Porsche 911S imported into the UK. It’s expected to make £15,000-£20,000 – the guide is so low because the former Porsche Cars GB press car is in need of complete restoration.

In the automobilia section, there’s even signed memorabilia carrying Steve McQueen’s autograph. Just another highlight of the 2013 FoS schedule.

Racing drivers

No motor racing event lets you get closer to the drivers than the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It really is a Who’s Who of motor racing, with most of the current Formula One grid all set to attend, along with dozens of other stars from the sport’s past.

They’ll all be in action, alongside WRC stars, MotoGP and World Superbikes racers, BTCC drivers, sports car heroes – you name it. And thanks to the unique relaxed atmosphere and incredible access, there's more than a fair chance you’ll be able to get their autograph too.

Special attractions

The Vulcan bomber has been cleared to fly for another season, and the welcome return to the skies of @xh558 means Goodwood Festival of Speed visitors will once again get to see the iconic Avro machine in the air. It’s a sight (and experience) not to be missed.

Back on the ground, the ultra-competitive soapbox racers also return, for the first time since 2004. These engine-less machines race down the hill, rather than up it, and although it’s dangerous, it’s also a spectacle in itself.

Martini Racing is celebrating 150 years of the drinks brand with the world’s largest display of Martini-liveried racing cars: 14 of them, every one of them a work of art. And supercar owners will also get to enjoy the exclusive Goodwood experience thank to a new-for-2013 Supercar Park that’s reserved only for the best of the best motors.

Will you be at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed? Will you be driving some of the latest new metal at the Moving Motor Show presented by RAC Cars? If you are, be sure to let us know, and join in the ‘festival’ with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

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