Goodwood to celebrate motor history

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed is set to celebrate key events and innovations in motor sport history.

The hill climb, scheduled to be held from July 1 to 3, will mark anniversaries including the silver jubilee of the F1 success of turbocharged engines and 30 years since the introduction of the 4x4 age of rallying.

The festival, held annually in Sussex, will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 by honouring legendary American cars and motor race drivers.

Other anniversaries include 60 years since Ferraris defeated Alfa Romeos at F1, and the diamond jubilee of the rear-engined car's first victory at the European racing championship.

It will also mark two decades since a rotary-engined Mazda emerged winner of the 24-hour of Le Mans, and celebrate 60 years since the C-type secured the first of Jaguar's seven victories at the French race by awarding the car.

Event organisers said: "From motor racing's pioneering early days, engineering ingenuity has been the irresistible force behind the sport's inexorable rise, with designers constantly pushing technical boundaries in search of 'the unfair advantage'.

"It is therefore especially fitting to celebrate the innovations - both giant strides and iterative evolutions; masterstrokes and blind alleys - that have seen the racing automobile develop from crude behemoth to space-age projectile."

The festival will celebrate innovations under the title Racing Revolutions - quantum leaps that shaped motor sport.

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