The theme for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, now confirmed to be held from June 26-29, as per the provisional dates announced in October, is ‘Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport’. This 2014 theme will celebrate the legendary drivers and riders, teams and manufacturers, who have swept all before them in their sport.
The history of motor sport is illuminated by great champions who transcended mere victory to become utterly dominant. From Bentley’s five Le Mans wins in the 1920s, the crushing supremacy of the Silver Arrows in the 1930s and Juan Manuel Fangio’s five Formula 1 world titles in the 1950s, to the superiority of Jim Clark and Lotus in the 1960s, Porsche’s 16 Le Mans wins between 1970 and 1998, and Sebastien Loeb’s nine straight World Rally Championships this Century, all have rewritten the standards of their day.
The same is true on two wheels, where John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts and Valentino Rossi have all enjoyed periods of unassailable brilliance, as have Norton, MV Agusta, Honda and Yamaha. All will be honoured as the 2014 Festival pays tribute to many of the sport’s greatest champions.
Make sure the Goodwood FoS is in your diary, and if you want a refresher on what a great event it’s likely to be you can read our postcard from the 2013 event here.