Star-studded line-up at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Alexander Wurz at the Goodwood Festival of Speed''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131934-0583)
Alexander Wurz at the Goodwood Festival of Speed''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131934-0583)
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Track stars are converging on the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Star F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean are all due to put in an appearance over the weekend, plus past masters including Sir Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi.

Crowds of more than 180,000 are expected at this year’s 20th anniversary festival, which has a ‘greatest hits’ theme featuring memorable motoring moments from the past two decades. As well as track runs, there’s plenty in the air too – today features a Vulcan flypast and the Red Arrows and a Typhoon will put on displays tomorrow.

Other well-known figures donning their racing helmets have included former F! and Le Mans driver Alexander Wurz and F1 world champion Nelson Piquet, who had flown in from Brazil to be reunited with his world championship-winning Brabham car from 1983.

The evergreen Sir Stirling Moss, 83, was also joining in the fun in the sun. He said: ‘It’s a wonderful atmosphere The old cars have such love, attention and money lavished on them that they’re probably in much better condition than when we raced them.’

Current stars burning rubber in contemporary F1 machines included Max Chilton, Charles Pic and Sebastian Buemi, while overhead the Red Arrows put on a display despite cloud cover restricting their routine.

Bike fans were treated to the sight of American legend Kevin Schwantz riding the 1993 Suzuki RGV500 on which he won the world title.

He said: ‘I’m still a racer when I put my helmet on, but I just need to remember that I’m almost 50 now.’

Away from the track, business secretary Vince Cable paid a visit to the Rolls-Royce stand, talking to local apprentices and getting a close-up look at the new Wraith, which is built at Goodwood.