CAR fans are driving on the same track as F1 stars today as the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 is launched with a Moving Motor Show.
Thousands of enthusiasts have begun converging on Lord March’s estate near Chichester for the 20th anniversary of the world’s biggest car culture event.
Today sees 20 major manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Honda, Ford, Mercedes, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Ferrari offering test drives in a range of their latest models.
The public are being allowed to drive up the world-famous Festival of Speed hillclimb course before the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss get behind the wheel of a mouthwatering array of racing cars old and new over the weekend.
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 more than 180,000 motorsport fans from around the globe.
They are able to visit the supercar and racing car and bike paddocks, as well as the Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’elegance and an aviation exhibition.
Plus they can see rally cars in action on a special forest stage and find out what we might drive in the future at the FoS-TECH pavilion and see BMX and motorbike stars pull off jaw-dropping stunts in the Goodwood Action Sports arena.
Tomorrow track action gets under way, and an aerial display from the Red Arrows is scheduled.
Admission to the Festival of Speed is by advance ticket only.
Don’t miss The News tomorrow, Saturday and Monday for stories and pictures from the festival, plus there’ll be updates over the weekend at portsmouth.co.uk and on Twitter using the hashtag #newsfos.