The 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed will celebrate 60 years of the F1 world championship with at least five current teams in attendance.
Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will both be present for McLaren as will reigning constructors’ champions Mercedes.
Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams will also have cars at this year’s Festival.
Goodwood promise “a gathering of cars and drivers that have shaped the history of motor sport’s most glamorous series” will mark the 60 anniversary of the first world championship.
The theme of the 2010 Festival is “Viva Veloce! The Passion for Speed”, celebrating Italy’s passion for motor racing. Alfa Romeo will feature heavily as the marque reaches its centenary this year. At today’s media event an Alfa Romeo Tip 159 ‘Alfetta’ was on display (see below), the same model that won the first two world championships in the hands of Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio.
World rally fans will get to see Sebastien Loeb and Ken Block in action, and Audi, Peugeot and Aston Martin will bring their LMP1 sports prototypes fresh from the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The event will also expand its non-motor racing side this year, with a new day of the event dedicated to the launch of new production cars. Manufacturers will run these cars up the hill on the Thursday before the event. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be reserved for the racing machines as usual. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is held on July 2nd-4th.
A handful of F1 cars were on display at the media event today. They included an MP4-23 of the type Lewis Hamilton drove to the 2008 world championship (or, at least, another recent McLaren fitted with its aero parts) and Nigel Mansell’s 199 championship-winning Williams-Renault FW14B.
The F1 car which Ayrton Senna started his first Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro in 1984 was also in action – the Toleman-Hart TG183B. Another car from the mid-eighties on display was the Haas-run Beatrice Lola-Ford THL2 of 1986. It’s still the most recent American team to have competed in F1.
The McLaren M23 has the distinction of being the F1 car to have started the most races – 80 from 1973 to 1978.
Two great cars of the fifties were also present – a Maserati 250F and Alfa Romeo Tipo 159 ‘Alfetta’.
I’ve also included some pictures of the Jaguar XJR14 sports car from 1991. OK, it’s not an F1 car but it’s interesting for two reasons.
Reason number one: this was the car built by Jaguar and designed by Ross Brawn to beat the works Mercedes team in 1991. Who was driving for Mercedes that year? One Michael Schumacher.
Brawn had already worked in F1 previously at this point and found a lot of leeway in the sports car regulations. He described his XJR14 as being little more than an F1 car with sports car bodywork, which you can see in the pictures below. Note the whopping diffuser!
Reason number two: I think it’s gorgeous and I love that livery.
Goodwood Festival of Speed launch pictures
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009