Lord March opened his estate to members of the media for the annual taster for Goodwood’s Festival of Speed and Revival meetings. Under the banner “Viva Veloce!—The Passion for Speed,” the July 2–4 Festival of Speed will celebrate the Italian influence on motor racing with a number of significant motor sport and automotive anniversaries. Some of those being recognized are: 100 years of Alfa Romeo; 60 years of Formula One; 60 years of the opening of the Mexican leg of the Carrera Panamericana; 50 years of Bathurst’s Great Race; the 50th anniversary of the first forest-based RAC Rally; and a special tribute to the late Frank Gardner. New this year will be a “Moving Motor Show” on the Thursday prior, where automakers will demonstrate their wares in the paddock and on Goodwood’s famed hillclimb course.
The 2010 Goodwood Revival, set for September 17-19, should provide its usual spectacle, with mouth-watering grids, scintillating on-track action, and a number of significant anniversaries to celebrate. It was 50 years ago this year, in March 1960, that John Surtees began his switch to four wheels, entering a Formula Junior race at Goodwood and finishing a close second to Jim Clark. Within months he had scored his first pole position and podium finish in Formula One, and in 1964 he became F1 World Champion. The Revival will pay tribute to John, with a gathering of the landmark cars that shaped his unparalleled career. On September 30, 1950, the fledgling British Racing Motors team scored its first victory, at Goodwood, when Reg Parnell won the Woodcote Cup, and the Revival will celebrate those 60 years with the biggest display of BRM machinery ever seen.
Summing up, Lord March said: “It will be fabulous to have so many great cars and drivers here at Goodwood to celebrate our Italian-flavored Viva Veloce! theme for 2010. I look forward with much anticipation to seeing some of the greatest drivers, riders, and machines in action.”
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By Mike Jiggle