FESTIVAL OF SPEED: Celebrity racers embrace event atmosphere

Stars from various motoring disciplines and beyond have been taking to the track at Goodwood's Festival of Speed.

Sunday, 26th June 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:23 am

Spectators will have seen the likes of F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, racing legend Sir Sterling Moss and Hollywood star Keanu Reeves tackle the hill climb.

Completing the course in Button’s 2009 championship winning car was former F1 racer and commentator Martin Brundle.

Martin said: “I like, if I can, having a wander around the stands and seeing the cars and bikes, the old timers, all sorts of interesting things but it’s just lovely to get back in the cockpiut of a racing car. It makes me feel at home.”


Also at the event was Ken Block.

American star Block, best known as a rally star, was enjoying the atmosphere of the event.

He said: “It’s really fun for me; Ford takes care of me very well, Goodwood takes very good care of me. It’s nice to come here see all this amazing equipment, I get to drive my car and interact with a lot of the fans.

“Always, every time I come here, the biggest highlight for me is seeing the old group E rally cars. That’s something that’s very dear to my heart. That’s around the time that I really started to pay attention to rally as a kid so for me to come out and see those cars, see them run especially... some of them run very aggressively; that’s a very cool thing for me.”

Brundle, who has previously won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, added: “I saw the Porsche Le Mans car that’s parked next door to us; I fancy a go in that. One or two of the older McLarens... everything’s pretty fun. I even fancy a go on a bike.”