The theme for 2006 was ’Racing for Glory - a Century of Grands Prix’, celebrating the great sporting accolades to which drivers have always aspired. It’s 100 years since the first Grand Prix, a century since the first Targa Florio road race and 40 years since the great TransAm and CanAm series were founded.

The Festival of Speed is far more than just a hillclimb: it can justifiably claim to be the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motor sport. It is the only occasion where you will see in action the greatest competition cars and star drivers from all eras: everything from 19th century steam carriages to current Formula One; fabulous racing motorcycles; classic rally cars to 3000bhp dragsters; plus motor sport legends like Moss, Surtees, Brabham and Andretti rubbing shoulders with today’s hottest properties such as Jenson Button and Colin McRae.

Motor racing first came to Goodwood in 1936 when the 9th Duke of Richmond held a private hillclimb through the park. Five years earlier he had won the Brooklands Double 12, and then in 1948 he opened the Goodwood Motor Circuit. These early events inspired his grandson, the present Earl of March, to bring motor sport back to Goodwood. This resulted in the first Festival of Speed, held in 1993 in the picturesque parkland surrounding Goodwood House.

To honour these superb motoring milestones, the selection of machinery on the hill will include a spectacular array of Grand Prix cars, representing everything from the first winning Renault in 1906 to last season’s championship winner from the same company. Most of the World Championship-winning models from 1950 onwards will also be in action. In addition, expect to see a whole host of Targa Florio winners, plus some wonderful entries coming over from the USA to support the fabulous TransAm and CanAm series. It should be another truly exciting and memorable weekend.

This year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed were presented one of the most powerful and exotic sportscars in the world. These include the Ferrari FXX track-special, the refined 612 Scaglietti and the new 599GTB Fiorano; the AMG Mercedes-Benz powered Pagani Zonda F; the British-built Ascari KZ1 and Connaught; and of course the feasome Bugatti Veyron which is also making its Goodwood Festival of Speed. The LP640, which shortly arrives in the Bologna-based brand’s four UK dealerships located in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London, has been driven up the "hill" by factory test driver Valentino Balboni. The Lamborghini brand is also well represented at Goodwood in the Cartier "Style et Luxe" Paddock by the legendary Miura, with significant examples drawn from this gorgeous sportscar’s original production run being joined by the recreated Jota model and the new "Miura Concept" which was penned by Walter de’Silva and presented in Detroit back in January.

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