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Crowds totalling 200,000 visit 'greatest Goodwood'

Organisers say this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was the largest and most successful in the event’s history, attracting 200,000 highly-enthusiastic visitors to West Sussex.

Held on 26-29 June, the event involved superstar names from the world of motorsport, including John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastien Loeb, Didier Auriol, Richard Petty, Mark Webber, Giacomo Agostini, Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer. Visitors were treated to non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend.

The Moving Motor Show presented by The AA in association with The Telegraph drew in a crowd of 34,000 motoring enthusiasts, making it the most-attended Thursday of the Festival of Speed since a fourth day was added.

Proving the status of the Moving Motor Show, the day attracted an all-time high 20 exhibitors: Audi, BMW, Citroen, Dacia, Ferrari, Ford, GKN, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Rolls Royce, SEAT, Skoda, Toyota and Volvo.

Lord March said: “Once again the Festival of Speed has produced a thrilling spectacle on the Hillclimb and delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors who have brought their enthusiasm for motor sport to Goodwood. Our event theme was ‘Addicted to Winning’ and with reams guests that include seven Formula 1 world champions and some of the greatest drivers from NASCAR, rallying, sportscars and motorcycling, we’ve managed to gather more famous names from motor sport than ever before. And we were blessed with splendid weather all weekend too.”

Meanwhile, Honda described the event as a roaring success. Honda used the festival to showcase its cars, motorcycles and racing machinery.

Under the guidance of Honda’s instructors and three-time World Motocross Champion Dave Thorpe, and multiple British Motocross Champion Stephen Sword, over 1000 visitors participated in a series of 20-minute taster sessions around an exhilarating and challenging off-road motorcycle trail course. This raised £3180 for the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s official Beneficiary, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

The NSR500 and RC164 two-wheel machines also made the trip to the Festival, with former 500cc world champion, “Fast Freddie” Spencer, reunited with the NSR500.

The world famous Goodwood track also witnessed a selection of current Honda motorcycling stars racing across the three-day event, including multiple Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, and World Superbike duo Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea – all on their CBR1000 RR Fireblades.


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