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Get set for Goodwood

Posted 13 June 2014 by Andrew Gardner google authorship button

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Sussex highlights this month:  Goodwood Festival of Speed, 26-29 June, tops the bill for many of us.  Described as "the largest motoring garden party in the world", this year's theme is "Addicted to Winning" and the festival will celebrate those legendary drivers, riders, teams and vehicle manufacturers that have made their mark in motorsport history.  With the chance to see some of the latest models close up and maybe even try them out at the Moving Motor Show, it's also about motorsport of the future.

Don't miss the traditional Hill Climb - so much harder than it looks and every bit as exciting.  Stars signed up to take it on include touring car legends Andy Rouse, who'll be reunited with the Rover SD1 in which he won his third title in 1984 (and hasn't driven it since, apparently) and John Fitzpatrick, who still holds the record for the youngest driver to win a touring car title.  That was in 1966 in a Ford Anglia - possibly not the one that appears in the Harry Potter films, though I wouldn't be surprised if it was the inspiration - but this time he'll be revving up a 1982 Porsche 935 JLP-4.  They'll be up against some fabulous competition including French rally supremo Sebastien Loeb, going for broke in a Peugeot looking to beat the hill record.  And in a sort of Back to the Future moment (ok, wrong car, I know), Honda will be pitting the prototype of its next hybrid all-wheel-drive NSX - making its debut here - up the hill against the classic NSX once driven by Ayrton Senna.

If you're into cars, or motorsport, or just thrills and excitement, Goodwood Festival of Speed is the place to be.  We can offer fantastic holiday accommodation within easy reach and if you're not already booked in, I do urge you to book ahead for next year.  Click here to view our range of accommodation close to Goodwood, or perhaps consider one of our Premier Holiday Homes, a prestigious and exclusive range of Sussex properties of exceptional standards and style - the ultimate luxury holiday accommodation to complement your Festival weekend.