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Goodwood Festival of Speed confirmed to return in June 2016

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Good news for petrol heads as the return of the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been confirmed for 23-26 June 2016, following the theme 'Full Throttle'.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most important and enjoyable events in the motoring calendar and makes a fantastic family day out. The organisers have confirmed that 2016's festival will be held, as usual, at Goodwood on 23-26 June.

Full Throttle Theme

The name 'Full Throttle' has been given as the theme for the event, which is set to pay tribute to the history of motorsport and the most powerful of the cars used in competition, plus the brave drivers at the wheel. Both cars and motorbikes will be covered under this theme.

Visitors to the event will be able to enjoy displays celebrating the 100th edition of the Indy 500, the Can-Am Series' 50th anniversary and marking 40 years since James Hunt won the Formula One World Championship in 1976 in a McLaren. The annual Moving Motor Show will open the event as usual on Thursday 23 June, prior to the full opening of the festival on Friday 24 June, and will be full of the latest cars from all the major manufacturers and some exciting new concept vehicles.

Don't miss too the legendary hill climb, this year won by Olly Clark in a Subaru Impreza - however at 44.91 seconds he was unable to match Nick Heidfeld's 41.6 second record-setting run, made in 1999 in a McLaren MP4-13. The course covers 1.16 miles, taking in tree lined forest, Goodwood House and rising some 300 feet to the glorious South Downs. It's one of the most challenging motor races in the world.

For some years the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been the closest thing Britain has had to offer to an international motor show and manufacturers have used the festival as an opportunity to debut new metal. This year saw the introduction of the Nissan Juke R 2.0 with 600bhp, the Morgan EV3, the Lotus 3-Eleven and the Aston Martin Vulcan with 800bhp.

The first Festival of Speed was held at Goodwood in 1993, the brainchild of the estate's owner, Lord March, as a way in which to bring motor racing back to Goodwood. Lord March, a true motorsports fan, ensures that neither the Festival of Speed nor the Revival a few months later clash with other important motor racing events such as Formula One or Le Mans.

2016 Goodwood Revival

Later in the year the Goodwood Revival will also return, from 9-11 September. The 2016 Goodwood Revival honours vintage motorsport and pays tribute to Goodwood's earlier racing circuit heritage from 1948-1966. Next year the event is designed to celebrate the late racing driver Sir Jack Brabham, taking place 50 years after his unique achievement in taking a Formula One World Championship in a car bearing his name.

A number of racing cars developed and driven by Brabham at the Goodwood circuit will return to the venue for the event, including saloons and single seater sports cars, and will be joining in various demonstrations on track. The Revival is a more sedate but no less entertaining weekend than the Festival of Speed - part of the fun is indulging in period dress, although this is not compulsory!

Typically Goodwood events attract a number of motorsport celebrities. This year Valentino Rossi, the world's best motorcycle racer ever, was in attendance, together with fellow motorcycle racing champions John Surtees, Freddie Spencer and Casey Stoner. F1 champs Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button were also present along with Sir Jackie Stewart, plus Ken Block, Richard Petty and Don 'Big Daddy' Garlits from the US and Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kristensen of Le Mans endurance fame.

Entry to both events requires tickets to be bought in advance, via the Goodwood website.

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