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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 opens with Lord March, Moving Motor Show

Goodwood of Festival of Speed opens with Lord March, Moving Motor Show
Goodwood of Festival of Speed opens with Lord March, Moving Motor ShowPhoto provided by Goodwood, used with permission.

According to a press release from the Goodwood Estate in West Chichester, England, the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 kicked off Thursday morning, June 26, with Lord March opening the Goodwood Moving Motor Show by taking the first drive up the hill in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.

According to Goodwood, in declaring the Goodwood Moving Motor Show 2014 open, Lord March said, "It is really great to have you all here, to enjoy the greatest Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show line up in our 21-year history." More visitors took to the iconic Hillclimb Thursday, in more debut products than the event has ever had.

During Thursday’s Moving Motor Show visitors were able to do the same as pro drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastien Loeb and many others by driving the fabled Hillclimb themselves.

Moving Motor Show product debuts for 2014 included premieres from Abarth (595 Competizione), Alfa Romeo (MiTo and Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde), BMW (new M cars range), Citroen (C1 and C4 Cactus), Ford, Honda, Infiniti (FX Vettel special and Q range), Mercedes, MINI (John Cooper Works Hatch), Nissan (Qashqai and X Trail), Peugeot (108, 308 and RCZ-R), Porsche (Macan), Renault, Toyota (Aygo) and Volvo (V60 hybrid). Other vehicles debuted at the Festival include those from Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Ford with the world debut of the Focus ST, Jaguar, Koenigsegg, Land Rover, Lexus, McLaren, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and many more.

The Festival of Speed 2014, themed "Addicted to Winning," features highlights such as Formula 1 world champions Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi, the inaugural timed Michelin Supercar Run, the world debut of the new Honda NSX and a central feature celebrating 120 years of Mercedes-Benz in motor sport.

Included for spectators and participants in the Festival are Cartier "style-et-luxe" classic car Concours d’Elegance, GAS Arena, Forest Rally Stage presented by Skoda, fine dining, music and, according to Goodwood, "a huge crowd in one of Europe’s finest country estates."

The Goodwood Festival of Speed continues through Sunday.