Goodwood has revealed the theme for its Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 event. The Festival of Speed will focus on ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’ this year. It will celebrate the most powerful competition cars and motorcycles from the history of motor sport as well as the heroic drivers and riders who pilot them.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 theme will also include tributes to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, 50 years since the inaugural Can-Am Series for ultra-powerful sports prototypes, and to the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s Formula 1 World Championship success with McLaren.
The dates have already been confirmed with the Moving Motor Show taking place on Thursday, June 23, followed by the main event from 24-26 June. The dates for the Goodwood Revival 2016 have also been confirmed for 9-11 September.
Very little information has been revealed about this year’s Festival of Speed entrants although the above information gives us some indication. The 500 mile Indianapolis 500 was first ran in 1911 has seen all manor of manufacturers compete, from Maserati to Mercedes-Benz, more recently it has been dominated by Dallara.
The tribute to James Hunt will also undoubtedly feature his World Championship winning McLaren M23.
Lord March said:
“The theme for the 2016 Festival of Speed is ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’, which enables us to gather together some of the most spectacular machines from his history of motor sport, many of which will never have been in this country before. From turbocharged Formula 1 cars and ‘unrideable’ grand prix bikes of the 1980s, to Can-Am specials of a generation earlier, and even dragsters and Land Speed Record cars, the Festival of Speed will be a very special event. And in dedicating the Revival driver tribute to Sir Jack Brabham, we will pay a fitting tribute to a man who forged strong links with Goodwood during the Motor Circuit’s active past and was an extremely popular guest at the Festival of Speed and Revival more latterly.””