It’s hard not to get excited about the Goodwood Festival of Speed, even for those who have the vaguest of interests in cars or motorsport. You’ll discover old and new racing cars flying up the famous hill at their top speed; world renowned motorsport stars; and tantalising new car displays from almost all major car manufacturers. Just the thought of Goodwood Festival of Speed is enough to give any speed freak a shiver of excitement!

One of the best things about Goodwood is its ability to allow spectators to get up close and personal with the stars of the motorsport world. This year you’ll find some of the fastest racers of today, including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Loeb, Mark Webber and Jenson Button. Sharing the spotlight you’ll also find veteran drivers like Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi and Damon Hill here across the weekend, to name just a few..

This year I finally got a chance to go, with some complimentary tickets it was hard not to pass up a chance to see some extreme machines up close and personal – Plus the weather was set to be perfect so all in all it was a guaranteed great day out 🙂

I may be a little biased but this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Mercedes has unveiled its truly impressive sculpture centerpiece right in front of the Goodwood House. With so much to see and do, I found myself lost in a world of what can only be described as car heaven. Which bits must you simply not miss? Well, to point you in the right direction, I’ve put together just 10 of my favourite sights and highlights for the 2014 Festival of Speed..

 

Top 10 things to see

1. Sebastien Loeb attemps to break ‘Festival of Speed’ hillclimb record
The organisers have announced that Rallying’s most successful driver ever Sebastien Loeb will attempt to break the 15 year record for the fastest drive up Goodwood’s hill climb at this year’s Festival of Speed. Loeb’s attempt in Peugeot’s 208 T16 Pikes Peak car to crack Nick Heidfeld’s 1999 record is one of many motoring highlights revealed for this year’s festival.

2. Massa and Hill to drive Williams FW18
Felipe Massa (current Williams F1 driver) and 1996 world champion Damon Hill will both be driving the FW18 in which Damon Hill won the world title in 1996.

3. World Rally legends in action
Be sure you make your way up to the Skoda Forest Rally Stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to see some of the world’s greatest rally drivers in action. This year’s highlights include 1965 European rally champion Rauno Aaltonen tackling the course in period Mini Cooper S plus a selection of Ford rallying greats past and present

4. Lewis Hamilton to drive F1 Mercedes
Hamilton, the 2008 F1 World Champion, will drive a modern grand prix car, run by his regular Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, up the 1.16-mile hillclimb on the Sunday afternoon of the Festival of Speed.

5. The legendary Fiat S76 is alive!
Known unofficially as the fastest car in the world, having hit 135mph over the course of a kilometre in 1911. Sadly it couldn’t make the required return leg, so the record never stood. So making a comeback, this incredible machine, fresh from a nut ‘n’ bolt restoration, its four-cylinder, 28.5-litre engine, will be in action for the first time in 100 years at this year’s Festival of Speed!

6. Toyota’s Le Mans racers
For the first time in the world, all four of Toyota’s top-class Le Mans entrants will be brought together in one place. The latest TS040 Hybrid, fresh from its third-place position at Le Mans, will run up the hill in the hands of Toyota driver Anthony Davidson, and join the TS010, TS020 and TS030 Hybrid on display

7. Maserati’s centenary display
Maserati will celebrate its centenary in style this year, taking over the Stable Yard at Goodwood with a lavish display of models past, present and future, including iconic classics like the 1960 3500GT, 1964 Mistral Spyder and the jaw-dropping Alfieri concept. Meanwhile, historic Maserati racers like the Tipo 26M and 250F will take to the hill with an awe-inspiring display of noise and beauty

8. McLaren’s new racer unveiled
Another global debut will take place on the McLaren stand, where ‘the latest generation competitive track-focused racer to carry the McLaren name’ will be unveiled. Thought to be a racing version of the 650S, this car will join the road-going car, as well as McLaren’s incredible P1, on the company’s stand

9. Vulcan flypast
The Festival of Speed isn’t just about automotive speed – as proven by the flypast of XH558, the last remaining flying Vulcan bomber, which is set to take place on Saturday June 28. If the sight of the Vulcan’s vast delta-wing swooping over Goodwood isn’t enough to give you goosebumps, the incredible noise of its Rolls-Royce Olympus engines surely will

10. Jaguar’s Special Operations One-Off
Jaguar has confirmed that it’ll be revealing the first progeny of its Special Operations department, an arm of the company which was formed last year with the aim of bringing bespoke and one-off creations to life on behalf of its wealthier customers. What form it’ll take is anyone’s guess, but judging by last year’s stunning Project 7, it’s unlikely to be disappointing.