Mercedes-Benz to take pride of place as the feature marque at the Festival of Speed; other highlights to include a hill record attempt from Sébastien Loeb
Julian Rendell
21 March 2014

Mercedes-Benz will take pride of place as "featured marque" at June’s Goodwood Festival of Speed as the three-pointed star celebrates 120 years in motor sport.

As featured marque, Mercedes will display historic race cars atop the hallmark Gerry Judah sculpture that forms the centrepiece of the festival layout in front of Goodwood House.

At least eleven significant Mercedes racers, including the 1914 car that notched-up the marque’s first-ever race win in France on the eve of the First World War, will be at Goodwood, most running at speed up the 1.1 mile hill.

"There will be a significant display of historically important Mercedes racing cars through history," said the organisers.

Other famous three-pointed star racers provisionally confirmed for the Festival include W125 and W165 single-seaters from the 1930s, a CLK GTR, and a McLaren MP4-19, the latter from Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey’s personal collection.

Alongside Mercedes, Maserati and Jaguar will also play a key part in this year’s Festival, which will also see a serious attempt on the hill record, which has stood since 1999.

Sébastien Loeb is expected to launch this effort at the wheel of the rapid Peugeot 208 T16 which last year smashed the Pikes Peak record by a minute and a half. Loeb will attempt to better Nick Heidfeld’s 41.6 secs set in a McLaren MP4-13 in 1999.

Maserati’s slot will be a special display in the Stables area at Goodwood House where a unique 20 car collection of Maserati racers will mark the Modena nameplate’s centenary.

On view alongside a pair of iconic 250F single-seaters, famous as Fangio’s steer, will be a rare 1926 Tipo 26B, a 4CM, 4CLT and a modern-era MC12.

Not to be outdone, British marque Jaguar will be represented by a collection of rare D-Type endurance racers.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Type’s first Le Mans victory in 1954 and Jaguar’s heritage collection is expected to bring along D-type chassis Number One, a rare outing for this priceless example.

At least eight contemporary F1 teams are expected to star at the Festival, including the Mercedes-Benz team.

The Festival’s late June weekend date puts it just two weeks after the running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which means that at least one of Audi, Toyota and Porsche should have their race winner at Goodwood.

Toyota will also be bringing four of its Le Mans cars to Goodwood. The line-up will comprise the original 1992 TS010, the 2012 TS030 Hybrid and the new TS040 Hybrid, which will have competed in the 2014 Le Mans. Several other famous Toyota competition vehicles, including rally cars, will be on display.

An unusual twist to Porsche’s Le Mans return is the expected appearance of Mark Webber on the rally route driving a rare four-wheel drive 959.

Backing-up the theme of ‘Addicted to Winning’, US driver and NASCAR legend ‘The King’ Richard Petty will make his second appearance at the Festival.

Accompanied by cars from his own collection, the ‘winningest-ever’ NASCAR driver is hoping to drive his 1984 final win STP Number 43 Pontiac.

"As one of the most victorious race drivers ever with 200 NASCAR race wins and seven championships, we are proud that Richard will be one of the stars of this year’s Festival," said a spokesman.

Joining Petty as an "Addicted to Winning" star will be Al Unser in his 1978 Indy 500 winning Penske Lola, boosting the starring role for American cars and drivers in the shape of Richard Childress Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Red Bull Toyota.

"We have an entire class for Americana at the Festival this year," said the organisers.

This year Honda is the first manufacturer to announce a major unveil with plans to unleash a prototype of the new hybrid-powered NSX supercar up the hill.

The original NSX appeared at the first Festival in 1993 when ten examples zoomed up the hill. In an historical echo, a 1989 NSX once driven by Ayrton Senna will join the new NSX on the hill.

BMW will also take to the hill with its new plug-in hybrid i8 sports car, and the manufacturer's pavilion will play host to the new BMW M3, BMW M4, M4 Convertible. and a special-edition M5, commemorating 30 years of the model. MINI be present as well, with the new John Cooper Works Concept being displayed in the UK for the first time at Goodwood.

Bentley's Continental GT3 race car will run up the famous hill run for the course of the three-day show; the new Continental GT V8 S will make its Goodwood debut too, among myriad classic Bentleys and models from the manufacturer's current range.

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