Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 preview

Published: 26 June 2014

F1 stars Felipe Massa, Damon Hill and Lewis Hamilton are the latest drivers to commit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.

Both Massa and Hill are attending with Williams and will drive the title-winning FW18 up the Goodwood hillclimb. Williams is a good fit for the 2014 theme of Addicted to Winning; it has 114 victories and nine constructors' titles to its name.

Hamilton is attending as part of Mercedes' celebration of 120 years of motorsport and will drive up the hill on Sunday afternoon. Watch David Coulthard blasting up the Goodwood hill in a Mercedes SLS Black Series in our on-board Festival of Speed preview video.

The iconic motoring celebration will take place from 26-29 June 2014 and this year Lord March is laying on all the usual treats plus a few surprises.

The 2014 Festival of Speed's central feature will be Mercedes celebrating 120 years of motorsport achievements and a century since the famous 1-2-3 victory in the 1914 French Grand Prix.

There are only three Silver Arrows remaining from that race and Mercedes will have them on display, while the F1 team will be present along with its star drivers to join the festivities. The Merc-themed central sculpture will be unveiled at the start of the event, as usual.

Click here for 15 must-see events at the Festival of Speed.

Drivers to watch at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

The drivers confirmed for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed are:

• Derek Bell
• Jenson Button
• Anthony Davidson
• Pedro de la Rosa
• Emerson Fitipaldi
• Dario Franchitti
• Chris Goodwin
• Lewis Hamilton
• Damon Hill
• Sir Chris Hoy
• Sebastien Loeb
• Felipe Massa
• Allan McNish
• Alister McRae
• Jackie Oliver
• Henri Pescarolo
• Richard Petty
• Jean Ragnotti
• Anthony Reid
• Bernd Schneider
• Bruno Senna
• Dani Sordo
• Jackie Stewart
• John Surtees
• Bjorn Waldegard
• Andy Wallace
• Mark Webber

The cars of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

Witnessing racing legends reunited with the machines that built their reputation is always a must at Goodwood, especially when you get to see race cars like the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, Ferrari 333SP, Ferrari 156 ‘Sharknose’,  Sauber-Mercedes C9, Audi Quattro S1, Audi 90 Quattro IMSA and Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.

‘The King’ of Nascar Richard Petty is going to shake the hill with his thunderous 1967 championship winning Plymouth Belvedere GTX.

Goodwood Festival of Speed preview: the start line of the hillclimb

Another special event in the 2014 FoS will be the first run of the legendary 1911 Fiat S76 in 100 years. After a restoration that lasted nearly a decade, the unofficial fastest car in the world of 1911 will fire up its enormous 28.5-litre four-cylinder engine and stretch its legs up the hillclimb for the first time in a century. It might be quite loud.

And if you are interested more in the modern stuff, Sebastien Loeb is going for the hill record this year in his bonkers Pikes Peak Peugeot 208 T16, Dario Franchitti will be driving a Mercedes DTM car and Jenson Button will be behind the wheel of several McLarens. Oh, and expect to see about half-a-dozen of the current F1 grid attending the Festival as well.

The Festival of Speed supercar run

For the supercar fans out there, for the first time, every car taking part in the Supercar Run will be timed. Around 40 cars are expected to take part and between them will be the upcoming hybrid successor of the Honda NSX for its ‘dynamic debut’, the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 complete with its frankly incredible figures and perhaps even the almighty McLaren P1 will be there along with the current Nurburgring record-holder Porsche 918 Spyder.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo will certainly attract a lot of attention, even in this company, as its supercar-murdering reputation supersedes it. Which do you think will score the fastest time?

• Agera One:1
• Ferrari LaFerrari
• Bentley Continental GT V8S
• Pagani Huayra
• Noble M600
• Nissan GTR Nismo
• Mercedes SLS Black
• Ferrari 458 Speciale
• Mclaren P1
• Porsche 918 Spyder
• BMW i8
• Zenvo ST1
• Jaguar F-Type R

>> Click here for 15 things to do at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 

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