Motorsport’s serial winners celebrated at Goodwood
Goodwood has confirmed the dates for the 2014 Festival of Speed and Revival, writes Paul Hudson.
The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from June 26-29, as per the dates provisionally announced in October. The opening day is given over to the Goodwood Moving Motor Show, when manufacturers display their latest models, many of which can be driven by prospective buyers.
“Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport” is the theme for next year’s Festival of Speed, which will once again be held in the grounds of Lord March’s Goodwood estate in West Sussex. The theme celebrates the drivers, riders, teams and manufacturers who have swept all before them.
Examples include Bentley’s five Le Mans wins in the Twenties, the supremacy of the Silver Arrows in the Thirties and Juan Manuel Fangio’s five Formula One world titles in the Fifties, to the superiority of Jim Clark and Lotus in the Seventies, Porsche’s 16 wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours race between 1970 and 1998, and Sebastien Loeb’s nine consecutive World Rally Championships.
The 2014 Festival of Speed will also celebrate the centenary of Maserati. Many of the Modena manufacturer’s famed racing cars will be appearing on the hillclimb, while Maserati road cars will have a dedicated class in the Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’élégance.
Other anniversaries include 60 years of the Jaguar D-type, the 50th anniversary of the Mini’s first Monte Carlo Rally win and the 40th anniversary of McLaren’s first Formula One title.
As ever, tackling the famous Goodwood hillclimb will be everything from early grand prix and endurance machines to off-road and contemporary cars and motorcycles. As well as the famous vehicles, visitors can also get close to their illustrious drivers and riders – many of them reunited with the machinery that propelled them to glory.
There’s also the exciting Forest Rally Stage at the top of the hill, supercar displays and the Goodwood Action Sports stunt arena, as well as a wealth of manufacturer stands showcasing new cars.
Lord March, the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival, said: “I’m looking forward to having so many great cars and drivers here next summer to celebrate our ‘Addicted to Winning’ theme.”
The 2014 Goodwood Revival historic race meeting, at which period clothing is encouraged, will be held from September 12-14.
Tickets for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival meeting are on sale now from goodwood.com
This was scheduled for 2015, but Vaizey said that the industry needed to do more to persuade listeners to switch to DAB to reach the self-imposed 50 per cent digital listening threshold – it is currently 35.6 per cent.
The postponement was looking likely after the publication of a £21 million Government plan to pave the way for a mooted 2015 FM switch-off was dismissed as “a total waste of time and energy”, by an industry insider. What was hailed as a “memorandum of understanding”, was in fact a non-binding agreement to suborn the current major FM services on to DAB and give those empty FM frequencies to five new regional/rural services.
In the past decade the Government, airwaves administrators, the BBC and commercial channels have failed to persuade more than a third of listeners to switch to digital radio, which includes not just DAB, but smartphones, computers, tablets and on digital TV as well.
DAB began as a European research project in the 1980s. It launched in Norway in 1995, followed rapidly by the BBC in Britain. The first services developed for DAB radio, however, were commercial.
The BBC launched its digitalonly channels: Radio 5 live Sports Extra, 6 Music, 1 Xtra, BBC 7 and the Asian Network in 2002. It’s estimated to have cost the BBC some £40 million to launch its DAB services and high cost continues to plague the industry, as identified by Ofcom, the communications industry regulator, in its evidence to the 2010 House of Lords Communications Committee.
Their Lordships identified that, compared with the benefits of digital television, DAB’s positives were little understood and less compelling. “Currently there is public confusion and industry uncertainty,” their report stated, and “some 20 million car radios will require converters in order to receive a digital signal. As it stands the entire cost of these changes will be borne by consumers.”