Mo­tor­sport’s se­rial win­ners cel­e­brated at Good­wood

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Front Page -

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.”

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