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12/20/2013 - Goodwood Festival of Speed To Celebrate Maserati, Those 'Addicted To Winning'

1957 Maserati 250F leads pre-war brethren, a 1939 4CL (photo: John Lamm, courtesy Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca)

West Sussex, UK -- Next year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, a.k.a. the hillclimb, will celebrate Maserati's centennial as a sidebar, while the "theme" this year is "Addicted to Winning -- The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport." The June 26-29 event (a week or two early this year) will highlight the drivers, riders, teams and manufacturers who have swept all before them in their sport.

That means Bentley's five Le Mans wins in the 1920s, the Silver Arrows in the '30s, Juan Manuel Fangio's five Formula 1 world titles in the 1950s, the supremacy of Jim Clark and Lotus in the 1960s, Porsche's 16 Le Mans wins from 1970-88 and Sebastien Loeb's nine straight WRC titles since 2000. Also to be honored are the two-wheel motorcycle dominators John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts and Valentino Rossi, plus their steeds by Norton, MV Agusta, Honda and Yamaha.

Maserati, which last week was announced as the honored marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion in California, will now some six weeks earlier be heralded across the pond in the U.K., with many of Modena's iconic racing cars scheduled to take on Lord March's 1.16-mile driveway. For those Maseratis without race numbers, there will be a dedicated class of Masers at the accompanying Cartier "Style et Luxe" concours during the weekend.

The classic motoring marketplace penchant for anniversaries may be getting out of hand. In addition to Maserati's 100th, Goodwood also cites other anniversaries and their potential FOS attendees, including the 1914 French GP Mercedes 1-2-3 sweep, Mercedes-Benz's GP wins in 1934 and 1954, 60 years of the Jaguar D-Type, 50th anniversary of the Mini's first Monte Carlo Rally win, and the 40th anniversary of McLaren's first Formula 1 crown. Notably absent is the Ford Mustang's 50th bash, but that's already been claimed by the U.K.'s Silverstone Classic one month later (see VM newsletter 12/13).

In addition to the hillclimb's antics, festival-goers can also partake of the concours, Forest Rally Stage, family areas, Goodwood Action Sports area and a preview of the latest road cars on Thursday. For more information, go to: goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed

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