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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Preview

‘Motorsport’s Record Breakers’ head for the famous Hillclimb as the event celebrates Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday

There are few events in the world of motorsport quite like the adrenaline-fuelled Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

The Chichester-based celebration of all things fast opens its gates to the public in just a matter of days, and those attending can expect to see many of their heroes – both drivers and machines – from contemporary and historic motorsport series. 

Each year, Charles Gordon-Lennox, Duke of Richmond and the owner of the Goodwood estate, selects a theme for the event. These often celebrate the anniversary of a car manufacturer, racing series or motorsport hero. 

This year’s theme is Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers. To mark the occasion, the duke has invited record-breaking drivers and owners of some of the world’s greatest racing cars to put on a show for fans up the hallowed Goodwood Hillclimb. 

Which stars are driving up the hill?

The Festival of Speed is one of the only events in the motoring calendar where the public can rub shoulders with racing drivers and team bosses. It’s not uncommon to stroll through one of the many paddocks and see the likes of 1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill or nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen chatting with fans. 

Double world rallycross champion and 2003 world rally champion Petter Solberg will also be present, while drifting legend Ken Block will be “cremating tyres galore as he serves up his own brand of automotive mayhem”, the newspaper notes.

And what about the cars?

Whether you’re a fan of blisteringly quick F1 machines or elegant vintage grand tourers, there’s something for everyone at the Festival of Speed. 

A host of Michael Schumacher’s F1 cars will mark the 25th anniversary of the first of the German driver’s seven F1 championships and his 50th birthday, Motor Sport Magazine reports. 

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