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2014 Goodwood Revival

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If you don't already have plans for this weekend, consider paying a visit to West Sussex, where this year's Goodwood Revival Festival will be taking place. You'll see historic racers taking to the iconic motor racing circuit, while the whole site celebrates Goodwood's motorsport heritage from the Forties, Fifties and Sixties.

There's plenty of retro entertainment, including visitors attending in period dress and this year sees a new sports car being launched at the event and the introduction of the new, lightweight Jaguar E-Type special edition.

This will be the first outing for the new Lightweight E-Type in Europe, following its international debut last month at the Pebble Beach Concours. The production run will be limited to six models, each costing around £1 million. Jaguar fans will also appreciate the Jaguar D-Type special race, commemorating the car's 60th anniversary, with 23 of the cars tearing around the Goodwood circuit competing for the Lavant Cup. Andy Wallace, who won Le Mans in a Jaguar will take part, driving a 'long nose' 1955 D-Type.

Another interesting debut will be the Ant-Kahn sports car, the brainchild of Evanta boss, Ant Anstead, and tuning firm, Kahn Design. Based upon the glorious but elusive Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, the open top sports car comes with a 6.2 litre V8 LS3 and a price tag of £96,000. It should be followed next year by a coupe version.

Rather more retro in flavour is the Earls Court motor show, returning to Goodwood this year with its usual collection of Sixties rarities, while this year's star drivers include eight winners of Le Mans. Derek Bell and Emanuele Pirro, who each won five times and four time winner, Henri Pescarol, join Jackie Oliver, Mark Blundell, Richard Attwood, Jochen Mass and Andy Wallace on the track.

This year's special race event is the Shelby Cup, celebrating small block touring cars and expected to feature a number of classic Ford Mustangs, including a 1965 edition piloted by Marussia F1's Max Chilton.

Collectors may be tempted by the auction of a unique gold Aston Martin DB5, as seen in the James Bond film, Goldfinger. The replica, built at one third scale, features 007-esque gadgets, including radio control machine guns, a revolving number plate and a bullet proof shield and is expected to reach a price of £40,000-£60,000.

Aside from the cars, there will be plenty of music, theatre, shopping and even aviation displays keeping visitors entertained during an action packed weekend.

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