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200,000 gate for ‘biggest ever’ Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood FoS 200000 record 001200,000 people voted with their feet last weekend and visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed, making it the biggest in the event’s history.

Who needs Glastonbury, anyway?

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 on MR

The four-day event, which opened with the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 26 June before the Festival of Speed took over on Friday-Sunday, was as always overseen by Lord March, who was chuffed it once again had “delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors who have brought their enthusiasm for motor sport to Goodwood.

“We’ve managed to gather more famous names from motor sport than ever before. And we were blessed with splendid weather all weekend too.” That latter point was particularly impressive, given the gloomy weather reports preceding the event – even they didn’t put anyone off, it seems.

Helping make Goodwood FoS 2014 so successful was undoubtedly the amount of star names it attracted. It really does read like a living who’s who, as in action were drivers such as:

  • John Surtees
  • Sir Jackie Stewart
  • Sir Stirling Moss
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Sebastian Loeb
  • Didier Auriol
  • Richard Petty
  • Mark Webber
  • Giacomo Agostini
  • Wayne Gardner
  • Freddie Spencer

The Moving Motor Show alone was responsible for attracting 34,000 people. Not bad for a Thursday. It was the biggest since its inception, and boasted a fulsome 20 car manufacturers displaying metal:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Citroen
  • Dacia
  • Ferrari
  • Ford
  • GKN
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Peugeot
  • Porsche
  • Renault
  • Rolls-Royce
  • SEAT
  • Skoda
  • Toyota
  • Volvo

With 18 UK debuts and world debuts for the Ford Focus ST, Bentley Continental GT3-R and Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition, it’s no wonder the Moving Motor Show is now known as the ‘unofficial British Motor Show’. Makes you wonder what Lord March has in store for next year: this year will take some beating.

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