Besides Pebble Beach there probably isn’t a more esteemed, classical automotive festival in the world apart from the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. An annual event in which vintage race cars charge down a windy hill road so that wealthy onlookers may admire and pontificate about times past. Well, that’s what it used to be anyway. In recent history the Goodwood festival has gotten with the times and is now where the cool kids hang out. The original tradition remains but these days its not uncommon to see modern super and hypercars make their debuts at Goodwood or to see the odd race car, even Formula 1 cars. In fact Goodwood has gotten so current that a few drift cars have made an appearance at the festival and being the keen observers that they are the Goodwood Festival organizers recognized the crowd-pleasing potential of drift cars and has created an official category for them.
Yes, for the first time drifting is now an official part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year expect to see the likes of Mad Mike Whiddet, Ken Block, James Deane, and some of the top European drifting talent to go sideways down the hill in a fit of tire smoke and rev-limiter bouncing. I can’t wait to see it!
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For the first time in Goodwood Festival of Speed history, the 2015 event will feature a special category dedicated to the art of drifting on June 25-28 with a number of the discipline’s biggest names lined up to take part.
Red Bull Athlete ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett and Monster Energy Athlete Ken Block, who attends with Ford, are two of the best-known exponents of drifting, and both will return to thrill the sell-out crowds on all three days of live motor sport action in the ‘Catch my Drift?’ category.
New Zealander ‘Mad’ Mike’s Flat-Out and Fearless driving at last year’s event earned him the ‘Spirit of the Festival’ award and his style embodies the theme of the 2015 event, at which he again brings his sensational Mazda RX-7 ready for more tyre-smoking action.
YouTube phenomenon Block, whose stunning Gymkhana videos have achieved more than 300million views online, brings his incredible 850bhp Ford Mustang, dubbed the ‘Hoonicorn’, and will be joined by another Monster Athlete, Festival of Speed debutant Buttsy Butler, and his Toyota Soarer.
Goodwood can now announce that EXTREME Drift Allstars, the leading live action drift brand, will bring four supremely-talented drivers to the Festival of Speed.
James Deane, last year’s EXTREME Drift Allstars European Champion, who brings his Falken Motorsports Nissan 200SX S14 to Goodwood’s iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb. Deane made history in 2014 by setting a new world record for a continuous twin-vehicle drift lasting an astonishing 17.72 miles.
The Irishman will be joined by the man he beat to last year’s European crown, Poland’s Piotr Wiecek, who brings his 1000bhp Budmat R34 Skyline to the UK and will look to show the kind of form that carried him to the 2014 Polish national title.
Norway’s top drifting star, Joachim Waargaard, will give his eagerly-anticipated BMW M4 its first outing in public at Goodwood while Australian Champion Luke Fink will drive his world-famous LBP PS13 V8.
Add in another Polish ace, Kuba Przygonski, driving a Toyota GT86, plus a dedicated area for the cars within the newly-expanded F1 Paddock presented by Sky Sports F1, and a sensational display of flat-out and fearless driving is guaranteed.
Ticket information is available from www.goodwood.com or via the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755055.