The theme for the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 will be “Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge”, honoring some of the most spectacular drivers and moments from motorsport’s past and present. Staged 25-28 June at Goodwood House and the 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb in West Sussex, England, the 2015 Festival will pay tribute the wheel-bumping final-lap battle between Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari and Rene Arnoux’s Renault at the 1979 French Grand Prix, the sight of the legendary Colin McRae hurling his Subaru over the Bunnings jumps on Rally Australia in 1997 and much more.
Juan Manuel Fangio’s decision to race “at 100 percent for the only time in my life” to overhaul the Ferraris to win the 1957 German Grand Prix and the legendary duel between Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts at Silverstone in 1979 provide further examples of how racing on the edge has captured the imagination of motor sport fans across the globe.
Alongside the overall theme of ‘Fast and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’, the 2015 Festival of Speed will also celebrate the 90th anniversary of the motor racing’s inaugural World Championship, won by Alfa Romeo, and mark 50 years since Honda’s maiden grand prix victory as the Japanese manufacturer returns to Formula 1 with McLaren in 2015.
The event will also pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of two sensational victories; Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson’s triumph on the 1955 Mille Miglia and the first post-war grand prix win for an all-British line-up; Tony Brooks in a Connaught at Syracuse.
Sports car legend Derek Bell will be honoured as 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the first of his five Le Mans 24 Hours wins, which came behind the wheel of a Mirage-Ford.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 will open with many of the world’s largest motor manufacturers showcasing their latest models at the Moving Motor Show on Thursday, 25 June. Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets and hospitality packages for the Goodwood Revival Meeting, which will take place on 11-13 September 2015, are now available, while a limited number of tickets for the 73rd Members’ Meeting – set for March 21-22, are also on general sale.
For further information, visit Goodwood.com/Motorsport.
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