Goodwood Festival of Speed holds first-ever Drift Competition

The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates its 25th year with a theme of “Perks of Performance – Motorsports game-changers” on June 29-July 2 in England. Since it first ran in 1993, the event allows enthusiasts to get up close and personal with motorsports legends, favorite cars, and also catch a glimpse of new cars.

This year, the event celebrates race cars, rally cars, and bikes that were so good they forced a rule change or at least a slight tweak in regulations.

New this year will be the first drift competition, featuring “Mad” Mike Whiddett and Vaughn Gittin Jr, in addition to Formula Drift championship leader James Deane, among others.

Other event highlights include the reigning F1 champion, Nico Roseberg, will take the 2014 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport W05 Hybrid up Goodwood’s demanding 1.16-mile hill climb circuit. Also challenging the hill will be the Red Pig, a replica of the 300 SEL 6.8 that AMG raced in the 1971 24-hours at Spa. Visitors also will see Mercedes’ horsepower E63 S, GT C Roadster, GT R and the SLS AMG Black Series.

Roseberg and the Mercedes will be joined by more than 60 Formula 1 cars that span seven decades, including over 20 Ferrari single-seaters in celebration of the Scuderia’s 70th anniversary. Modern F1 cars from McLaren, Renault and Williams also will be on hand.

The event also includes a Future Lab, an attraction featuring “cars of the future,” including a driverless race car said to be capable of 200 mph. The car was created by automotive futurist Daniel Simon, a former VW group designer with a passion for the weird and wonderful whose fantasy cars have become a hit in Hollywood blockbusters such as Tron: Legacy, Oblivion and Captain America.

An additional display will celebrate the Dunlop’s motorcycle dynasty since 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Joey Dunlop’s first Isle of Mann TT victory.

The festival also celebrates the career of Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen and the 110-year anniversary of the world’s first purpose-built, paved race track –- Brooklands.

All Festival of Speed action can be seen on the Pretty Driven Facebook page via a live broadcast.

In the meantime, check out photos and videos from past Festival of Speed events as well as a preview of what is to come.

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