One of the world’s biggest celebrations in motorsport, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is returning for 2016. Here is what we know about the event.

Goodwood Festival
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It takes place from 23 to 26 June and it has been confirmed that BMW will be the featured marque in honour of its 100th anniversary.

Gerry Judah

For the last 19 years, the giant sculpture that sits in the front of Goodwood House has been designed by Gerry Judah. This year it will be given over to BMW; however, Gerry will still be the designer, as has become customary.

Every year Gerry likes to come up with something entirely different; indeed, he says that avoiding any similarity or connection to previous works is the hardest challenge he faces.

Three iconic race cars will be featured on the sculpture: the third place winner of the 1983 championship, the Brabham-BMW BT52 F1; the 328 Mille Miglia Roadster; and the BMW V12 LMR, winner of the 1999 Le Mans.

Drivers

Big name drivers are also set to appear; so far, grand prix drivers Mark Webber, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jenson Button, John Surtees and Sir Stirling Moss have been named.

Drivers from Le Mans appearing will be Derek Bell, Vern Schuppan and Richard Attwood, alongside NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte. Touring car drivers Steve Soper, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal have also been named, along with rallycross star Ken Block.

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Power

‘The Endless Pursuit of Power’ is the theme given to this year’s festival, with the focus on the most powerful machines ever to have raced, along with their drivers.

There will around 600 cars and motorbikes on display, including the powerful pre-war Silver Arrows, turbocharged Formula One cars and, on the Forest Rally Stage, Group B rally cars from the 1970s.

Many of the cars and motorcycles on display will also be in action competing on the 1.16-mile hill climb. Not only will famous drivers of these vehicles be racing but also, as part of the Moving Motor Show, members of the public will be given the chance to race.

For more information, visit the official Goodwood website.