With over five weeks to go until the 2008 Festival of Speed on July 11-13, Goodwood can already confirm that over 80 of the world’s greatest motor racing drivers and riders will be present at the world’s largest celebration of motoring culture, with more big names still expected to follow over the coming weeks.
Here are just some of the star drivers and riders taking part in this year’s Festival of Speed:
Bobby Allison, Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, will drive a Buick Regal from his 1983 Championship winning season.
Richard Attwood, popular Le Mans winner, will be present and is expected to drive a Porsche 908/3.
Derek Bell, five-time Le Mans winner, will once more be at the Festival all three days, driving a Mirage GR7 and a Ferrari 312 B3S.
Stig Blomqvist, former World Rally Champion, will drive an Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 and Talbot Sunbeam Lotus on the Forest Rally Stage.
Sebastian Bourdais, four-time Champ Car Champion and current F1 driver for Toro Rosso, is expected to drive his multiple Championship winning Lola B03-00 on the hill.
Jenson Button, star driver for Honda Racing F1 team, will drive the Honda RA108 over the course of the weekend.
John Cleland, former BTCC champion will be driving his championship winning 1995 Vauxhall Cavalier.
Martin Donnelly, former F1 driver for Arrows and Lotus, will drive a 1968 Lotus 49B.
Mick Doohan, five-time World Motorcycle Grand Prix Champion, will be riding a classic Honda over the weekend.
Nanni Galli, former F1 driver for McLaren, Ferrari and Williams, will be driving a 1972 Tecno PA123.
Carl Haas, famous US Team owner, is expected to attend the Festival as part of Lola’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Lewis Hamilton, British F1 star and serious title contender, will attend on the Sunday of the event and drive his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23 F1 race car.
Hurley Haywood, three-time Le Mans winner, will drive the 2003 Brumos-Porsche Grand-Am Daytona Prototype.
David Hobbs, versatile British driver, Formula 5000 and Trans-Am Champion will drive a 1972 Lola T332.
The Earl of March will drive a selection of historically significant machinery over the weekend.
Nick Mason, the Pink Floyd drummer and keen motor enthusiast, will drive the 1938 Auto Union Type D.
Jochen Mass, former Grand Prix star and Le Mans winner, will drive the 1908 Benz Grand Prix car and is also expected to drive a 1989 Sauber C9.
Allan McNish, former F1 driver and Le Mans winner, is expected to drive his Audi R10 endurance race car.
Hannu Mikkola, 1983 World Rally Champion and designer of the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage, is expected to drive an Audi Quattro S1 and Ford Escort Mk1 throughout the weekend on the Forest Rally Stage.
Rod Millen, Kiwi hillclimbing legend and Pike’s Peak winner, will drive his 1994 Toyota Celica in which he won the world famous hillclimb.
Sir Stirling Moss, probably Britain’s greatest-ever never to win a World Formula 1 title, will be driving a 1958 Vanwall.
Alesandro Nannini, former F1 driver for Benetton and Minardi, will be present at the Festival.
Jackie Oliver – Le Mans winner, F1 driver and former Arrows F1 team owner, will drive a Porsche 917K.
Win Percy, three-time BTCC Champion and Bathurst 1000 winner, will drive a 1958 Jaguar Mk1.
Brian Redman, F1 driver with a brilliant career in sports cars for Ferrari and Porsche, will drive a Porsche over the course of the weekend.
Tom Sneva, Indy 500 winner and two-time Indycar Champion is expected to drive his 1983 Indy 500 winning March 83C.
Sir Jackie Stewart, Britain’s most accomplished F1 Champion, having lifted the crown three times, is expected to drive a Matra MS80 and a Tyrrell 001 over the course of the weekend.
Paul Tracy, 2003 Champ Car Champion, will drive his 1997 race-winning Penske PC26 Champ Car.
Bobby Unser, three-time Indy 500 winner and 13-time Pikes Peak Hillclimb Champion, is expected to drive an Audi Sport Quattro S1 ‘Pikes Peak’ over the Festival weekend.
John Watson, five-time F1 Grand Prix winner, will drive a 1987 Porsche 962 on the hill.
Alex Wurz, current test driver for Honda F1 Racing, will be present at the Festival on Saturday, driving the Honda RA108.
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