Well this is exciting. Not only have we to hand the dates of the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but also the theme!
Next year's event will take place June 26-29, and the theme for the weekend will be “Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport”. A celebration of the legendary drivers, riders, teams and manufacturers who have “swept all before them in their sport”, the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed promises to be a particularly awe-inspiring event.
Through perusing a whistle-stop history of motorsport, we might gain an idea of what exactly we can expect to see at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. There'll be nods to Bentley's five Le Mans wins in the 1920s, to the superiority of the Silver Arrows in the 1930s, to the prevalence of Jim Clark and Lotus in the 1960s.
Porsche, who secured victory in Le Mans 16 times between 1970 and 1998, will certainly feature heavily. So too will Sebastian Loeb, who has nine consecutive World Rally Championships under his belt.
Every year of the Goodwood Festival of Speed seems to grant centre stage to the anniversary of a certain marque. Taking said honour at next year's event will be Maserati, for whom 2014 marks their centenary.
The 100 year anniversary of the 1914 French Grand Prix, in which Mercedes netted a 1-2-3 victory, will also be recognised, alongside 60 years of the Jaguar D-Type and the 50th anniversary of the Mini's first Monte Carlo Rally Victory.
For some people, it's all about the famous hillclimb. There's no word yet on who exactly will bet ackling the gruelling course at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but we're promised “everything from early grand prix and endurance machines, to off-road and contemporary cars and motorcycles.”
Business as usual, then. As if we'd have it any other way.
2014 will also see the return of the popular GAS (Goodwood Action Sports) area, as well as such familiar mainstays as the annual Cartier 'Style et Luxe' concours d'elegance.
Says Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Lord March says: "I am really looking forward to having so many great cars and drivers here at the Festival of Speed next summer to celebrate our 2014 'Addicted to Winning' theme.
“For me it is always magical to see so many of the world's greatest drivers, riders and machines in action up my 1.16-mile drive, and then have the Goodwood Revival to look forward to just a few weeks later."