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Watch the action at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article posted: 27/06/2012 16:19:52
Watch the action at Goodwood Festival of SpeedWatch the action at Goodwood Festival of Speed

There's nothing like sharing your love of motorbiking with a whole host of like-minded individuals.

And it's even better if you get to do that while seeing some of the world's best riders tackle some of the world's most exciting rides.

If this sounds like your cup of tea then you still have time to plan your weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This event is the largest motoring garden party in the world and combines bikes, cars, big name stars and those considered to be motorsport royalty with the stately backdrop of Goodwood House.

The event's organisers claim: "No other event combines such a diverse and authentic collection of cars and motorbikes with a star-studded line-up of drivers in one place."

All of the bikes and cars showcased at the Festival of Speed are carefully selected to illustrate the theme of the given year and thoroughly checked to ensure they are exactly what they claim to be when it comes to authenticity and provenance.

Goodwood House is located in the heart of Chichester and is home to the Earl and Countess of March.

The event kicks off on Thursday, June 28th and runs until Sunday, July 1st, with gates opening at 7am, although the rally stage does not open until 10.30am.

There will be a huge number of big names in the superbike and MotoGP industry racing some of the most exciting modern and classic bikes around the track.

Stuart Easton, 2002 British Supersport champion and multiple British Superbike race winner, will be in attendance for the full weekend and fans will be able to see him in action on his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R British Superbike machine.

However, fans of James Ellison, British MotoGP rider, will have to wait until Sunday to catch a glimpse of him on an historic Aprilla race bike.

Tommy Hill, reigning British Superbike Champion and former World Superbike racer, will be riding his Swan Yamaha YZF-R1 British Superbike on Saturday, while British Superbike Championship race winner and current Honda BSB rider, Jon Kirkham will be showcasing his Samsung Honda British Superbike racer.

But they will not be the only stars in attendance, Goodwood F1 regulars include Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso while F1 World Champions Damon Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham and Sir John Surtees could also make an appearance.

If you really love action sports you should head down to the Cricket Pitch to watch the Goodwood Action Sports (GAS).

During the festival this area will host a number of World-class action sports athletes putting on an adrenalin-fuelled performance including gravity-defying tricks. The stunts will be performed on bikes of every variety from BMX and mountain bikes, to freestyle motocross and trials motorcycles.

"With a mix of World Champions and action sports legends performing what could only be described as purely insane mid-air tricks, in 2011 the GAS Arena truly made its mark and stamped its claim as the best show entertainment zone the UK has ever produced," said the organisers.

"So, as we move in to 2012 we're set to ramp up the arena and deliver Action Sports on yet another level."

GAS will kick off at 10.30am on Thursday June 28th with a competition for UK action sports talent, giving those riding bikes and motorbikes a chance to compete to battle it out for medal honours.

Despite being held in the grounds of a stately home, the dress code is relaxed and attendees are advised to come in comfortable shoes and casual clothing. Of course as this is the UK it's also advisable to have a pair of wellies in the boot of your car and a raincoat just in case.

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