Goodwood to celebrate “all-rounders” at Festival of Speed

This year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed will celebrate the “all-round” greats who have graced the motorsport world over the years.

Each year, Goodwood selects a different theme to base the event around, and in 2020 the organisers have confirmed the event will showcase the great all-rounders from Formula 1 and drifting, to rallycross and sidecars.

The theme will officially be known as “The Maestros – Motorsports Great All-Rounders”, and Goodwood will celebrate drivers, riders, team and manufacturers who have enjoyed success in multiple categories.

The first “Maestro” to be confirmed by the Goodwood organisers is six-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Jacky Ickx.

In addition to winning Le Mans on six occasions, Ickx also won eight Formula 1 races between 1966-1979, and also won the 1967 Formula Two championship and 1983 Dakar Rally.

Speaking about the confirmation of his attendance, Ickx said: “The Duke of Richmond has built up a monument based on respect and with that special touch that we probably call soul.

“Without doubt it’s touching to have been invited to such a celebration. Years ago, we were freelance in a way: we could race everywhere, in different categories – it wasn’t a narrow path.

“The driver, however good his talent is, only represents the know-how of the entire team.

“If you receive a good car, as I have often, it is easy to win.

“My results and my part in the Festival of Speed are recognising that most of the work was done by people you never see, and I am sure that the event will be another fantastic occasion with a special atmosphere.”

The Festival of Speed will also celebrate the career of Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees and two-time Formula 1 world champion Jim Clark, as well as manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, McLaren and Ford, all of whom have had success in various forms of motorsport.

The event takes place on July 9 – July 12 2020.