With two weeks to go until the 2007 Festival of Speed, the event’s founders, the Earl of March and his team, have once again pulled together an encyclopaedic list of almost 100 top motor sport heroes, all converging on Goodwood Park from 22-24 June.
A veritable who’s who of motor sport’s finest drivers and riders will be at the Festival, including Goodwood first timers Lewis Hamilton, ex-World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz, plus 1960s rallying legend Paddy Hopkirk.
Occasional Festival visitors, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Carl Fogarty and Land Speed Record-holder Andy Green will also be making a welcome return, whilst Goodwood regulars Jenson Button, Damon Hill and Colin McRae will also be seen in action on the challenging hillclimb over the weekend.
The following pages list who’s driving what at the 2007 Festival of Speed. Keep an eye on the dedicated Goodwood website for more news and updates.
Tickets are still available, as entry is strictly by advance ticket only.
All the confirmed star drivers, as at 06 June, listed in alphabetical order with a summary of the vehicles they will compete in at the Festival.
Michael Ammermuller , Red Bull Racing’s test driver will take to the hill in the 2007 Red Bull-Renault RB3.
Chris Atkinson , WRC driver for Subaru, will take to the hill and the Forest Rally Stage in a Subaru Impreza WRC on the Saturday.
Rowan Atkinson ,Actor and comedian, will drive the Napier-Railton Special.
Richard Attwood , popular Le Mans winner, will drive a Porsche 961 all weekend.
Troy Bayliss , reigning World Superbike Champion will take to the hill on his Ducati 999F07 race-bike.
Derek Bell, five times Le Mans winner, will once more be at the Festival all three days, driving a Porsche 956, 917/30 and the Mirage-Ford GR7.
Stig Blomqvist, former World Rally Champion, will drive an Audi Quattro S1 on the Forest Rally Stage and the mighty Quattro ‘Pikes Peak’ car on the hillclimb.
Russell Brookes, former British Champion, will drive his 1985 title-winning Opel Manta 400 all weekend on the Forest Rally Stage.
Ralph Bryans, Former Honda works motorcycle star, will ride some of the classic racing bikes brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.
Jenson Button, star driver for Honda Racing F1 team, will drive the Honda RA107 on Sunday and take part in the Goodwood Organic Milk Race on Saturday.
Troy Corser, former WSB Champion, will ride the Motor Italia Yamaha YZF R1 up the hill at the Festival.
Paul Dallenbach, multiple Pike’s Peak winner, will take to the hill in his purpose-built Dallenbach ‘Pikes Peak Special’ open wheeler.
Anthony Davidson, current F1 star with the Super Aguri team, will be taking to the hill in a historic Williams-Honda FW11 F1 car.
Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director of the Honda F1 team, will drive a Williams-Honda FW11B on Sunday.
Per Eklund , Swedish rally and rally-cross, and former Saab works driver, will be taking to the hill in the ‘Pikes Peak’ Saab 9-3 Viggen.
Vic Elford , a leading talent in Sports Cars and also a Grand Prix driver, will be back behind the wheel of the legendary Chaparral-Chevrolet 2J ‘sucker car’, which he raced in the 1960s.
Sean Emmett, BSB team PR Branson Honda rider, will take to the hill on a Suzuki RGV500.
Gwyndaf Evans, rallying wizard who won the British Championship and competed also in WRC events, will share a drive with Guy Wilks in the Sun Mobil 1 Ford Focus WRC car.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Double F1 world champion, Indy 500 winner and 1989 Indycar champion, is expected to be reunited with one of his Lotus GP cars.
Carl Fogarty, four-times World Superbike Champion, will take to the hill on an MV Agusta F4R 312.
Marc Gene, test driver for Scuderia Ferrari, will drive the 2006 Ferrari F1 car.
Peter Gethin , Formula One driver for McLaren and BRM, will be in action in the BRM P160 in which he achieved the fastest Grand Prix in history, a record which stood for more than 30 years.
Stuart Graham – the only man to win TT’s on two and four wheels – will take to the hill on some of the classic racing bikes brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.
Andy Green , holder of the World and Diesel Land Speed Record, will be at the Festival with the JCB Dieselmax team.
Lewis Hamilton , young British Formula One sensation, driving for the F1 McLaren team, will take to the hill in an F1 McLaren.
Damon Hill , Britain’s last Formula 1 World Champion, is expected to be at the Festival over the weekend.
Neil Hodgson, former WSB champion, will ride his 999R race bike all weekend.
Paddy Hopkirk, British rally driver, will be making his debut on the Forest Rally Stage in an ex-works Mini Cooper S.
Yukio Kagayama ,WSB rider, will be in action all weekend on his Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7.
Christian Klien , test driver with Honda F1 team, is expected to drive the Honda RA107 F1 car on Saturday.
David Leslie, renowned British sports and touring car driver, will be reunited with the Aston Martin AMR1 Group C car at the Festival.
Arie Luyendyk, twice winner of the Indycar 500, will be in action on the Goodwood hillclimb in a Nissan R90 Group C car.
The Earl of March is expected to drive MG C Type ‘Montlhery’, sister car to that which his grandfather Freddie drove to victory at Brooklands in the famous Double 12 race.
Nick Mason, the Pink Floyd drummer and keen motor enthusiast, will drive the Auto Union Type D from Audi Tradition.
Jochen Mass, former Grand Prix star and Le Mans winner, is expected to drive a Mercedes-Benz W196 and Dodge Charger over the weekend of the Festival.
John McGuinness ,multiple TT winner, will ride the HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR that he rode to victory in the recent Isle of Man TT.
Allan McNish , Le Mans winner and former GP star, is expected to drive the record-breaking Audi R10 diesel Le Mans car throughout the weekend.
Colin McRae , former World Rally Champion, will be in action all weekend on the Forest Rally Stage, and will drive his 2007 McRae R4.
Jeremy McWilliams, the well-known Grand Prix rider, will be riding the 2007 Ilmor X1 MotoGP bike.
Bill Milliken , designer of the famous Milliken MX1 Camber Car will drive his extrordinary creation up the hill, over the weekend.
Hannu Mikkola, 1983 World Rally Champion and designer of the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage, will drive an Audi Quattro A2 throughout the weekend on the course he created.
Rod Millen, Kiwi hillclimbing legend and Pike’s Peak winner, will drive his Toyota Pike’s Peak car at the event.
Franck Montagny, test driver for the Toyota F1 team, will be taking to the hill in the latest Toyota F1 car on Friday and Sunday.
Kazuki Nakajima , son of Satoru Nakajima, the first ever full time F1 driver from Japan, will drive the Williams -Toyota FW29 during the weekend.
Sir Stirling Moss, probably Britain’s greatest-ever never to win a World Formula 1 title, will drive the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in which he won the 1955 Mille Miglia, as well as the unique four-wheel drive Ferguson-Climax Project 99 F1 car.
Michele Mouton – the only female rally driver to win a WRC event and the first to win the famous ‘Pikes Peak’ International Hillclimb – will be driving the Audi Quattro Coupe S1 ‘Pikes Peak’ up the hill at Goodwood.
Jackie Oliver – Le Mans winner, F1 driver and former Arrows F1 team owner – will drive a Porsche 917K and hopefully a McLaren M19 F1 car.
Riccardo Patrese ,F1’s longest servant, with 256 GP starts, will drive a Ferrari 246 Dino, Lancia Beta Montecarlo and Lancia LC1 up the hill.
Chris Pfeiffer , World Stunt Champion, will be performing his daring stunts along the Goodwood hillclimb.
Andy Priaulx, Double World Touring Car Champion, is expected to drive his 2007 title-winning BMW 320i WTCC all weekend.
Brian Redman , F1 driver with a brilliant career in sports cars for Ferrari and Porsche, will drive the iconic Vanwall F1 car up the hill over the weekend.
Jim Redman , multiple World Championship winner will take to the hill on some of the classic racing bikes brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.
Anthony Reid , stalwart of the British Touring Car Championship, will drive a Nissan Primera BTCC and a 350Z GT500 at the Festival.
Bob Riggle, All American drag racing showman, will be back at Goodwood to perform mind-blowing 100-metre wheelies in the 1100bhp Plymouth Barracuda ‘Hurst Hemi Under Glass’.
Tommy Robb, former works rider for Honda, will take to the hill on some of the classic racing bikes brought to the Festival by Honda Collection Hall.
Scott Russell, five-time winner of the Daytona 200, will ride a Kawasaki ZXR750 up the hill at the Festival.
Michael Rutter, BSB and TT rider, will ride the Isilon MSS Discovery Kawasaki ZX10R at the Festival.
Terry Rymer, first British rider to win a World Superbike race, will be in action on a Yamaha OW01 on the hill at the Festival.
Carlos Sainz, twice winner of the World Rally Championship, will take to the Forest Rally Stage in a 1993 Toyota Celica GT-FOUR ST185.
Ralf Schumacher, F1 driver for the Toyota F1 team, will be here on Saturday driving the Toyota TF106 car.
Vern Schuppan, 1983 Le Mans 24 Hour winner and Japanese Sports Car Champion, is expected to take to the hill in a Porsche 962 over the weekend of the Festival.
Petter Solberg, former World Rally Champion, will take to the hill and the Forest Rally Stage in a Subaru Impreza WRC on the Friday of the Festival.
Sir Jackie Stewart , Britain’s most accomplished Champion, having lifted the F1 crown three times, will drive a Lola-Ford T90 up the hill.
Lyn St James , the most successful woman in the history of CART racing, will drive the 1988 Ford Thunderbird in which she set 31 speed records at Talledaga.
Marc Surer , former F1 driver, is expected to drive a BMW Z4M Coupe at the Festival.
John Surtees – seven-times 500cc motorcycle World Champion and F1 Champion for Ferrari, thereby the only man to win the world titles on two wheels and four – will be in action on the Honda RA300.
Danny Thompson ,Bonneville speed record holder and son of the legendary Mickey Thompson, will share a drive in the Thompson-Buick Special with Al Unser Snr.
Al Unser Snr, four time winner of the Indy 500, will take to the hill in a Thompson-Buick Special.
Bjőrn Waldegård, rallying superstar and the first-ever winner of the Drivers’ World Championship, will take to the hill and the Forest Rally Stage in a Toyota Celica GT4 ST 165.
Mark Webber, F1 driver for Red Bull Racing, will be at the Festival.
Guy Wilks, leading British rally driver, will share a drive with Gwyndaf Evans in the Sun Mobil 1 Ford Focus WRC car.
Charlie Williams, Works Yamaha TT rider and multiple Isle of Man TT winner, is expected to ride a Yamaha TZ250G up the hill at the Festival.
Malcolm Wilson , explosive Group B rally driver and principal of the Ford M-Sport works rally team, will drive the Ford Focus WRC over the course of the weekend
Matthew Wilson, WRC driver and son of Group B star Malcolm, will drive the Ford Focus WRC up the hill and round the Forest Rally Stage.