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WOULD-BE car buyers are driving on the same track as their racing heroes today as the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 is launched with a Moving Motor Show.

Crowds have begun heading to Lord March’s estate near Chichester for the annual celebration of motorsport old and new.

STAR Sebastian Vettel

STAR Sebastian Vettel

Today sees a host of major manufacturers, including Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, Honda, Rolls-Royce, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, offering test drives in a range of the very latest models from family runabouts to supercars.

The public are being allowed to drive up the world-famous Festival of Speed hillclimb course before the likes of F1 world champions and megastars Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button fly in to burn rubber over the weekend.

The Moving Motor Show is now in its third year and has become a modern version of annual motor shows that once drew huge crowds at venues such as Earls Court – but with much more than mere static exhibits.

Those with tickets for today can also get a sneak preview of the three-day festival proper that begins tomorrow and is expected to attract up to 180,000 motorsport fans from around the globe.

They are able to visit the supercar and racing car paddocks, as well as the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance featuring an amazing collection of the Queen’s vehicles brought together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Plus they can enjoy action on the forest rally stage, find out what we might all be driving in the future at the FoS-TECH pavilion and see BMX and motorbike stars pull off aerial stunts in the Goodwood Action Sports arena.

Just a week before the British Grand Prix, six F1 teams will be at the festival, allowing fans to get closer to the cars than at any other event.

Admission to the Moving Motor Show and Festival of Speed is by advance ticket only.

Go to goodwood.co.uk or call 01243 755055.